FridayFebruary 7, 2020

Common Time on Feb. 10 discusses using Multiple Measures Placement instead of Accuplacer test

Starting Monday, Feb. 10, Cincinnati State will no longer require new students to take Accuplacer tests as a mandatory step in admission to the College.

During Common Time on Feb. 10, Dean of Humanities & Sciences Geoffrey Woolf, along with Department Chairs for English, Math, and First-Year Experience courses, will discuss and answer questions about the Multiple Measures Placement methods that replace the use of Accuplacer scores.

Dean Woolf has been facilitating College efforts to implement Multiple Measures Placement.

Participating Department Chairs include Andrea Trapp and Alyce Thompson (English co-chairs), Mike House and Stephanie Stafford (Math co-chairs), and Julie McLaughlin (First-Year Experience chair).

  • Multiple Measures Placement incorporates a variety of criteria for assessment and placement.
  • These criteria may include high school transcripts, grades earned in previous coursework, results of attitude surveys, or other data.
  • National research shows that using Multiple Measures Placement instead of test scores can lead to significant improvements in student success in college.

The Common Time session will explain the reasons for moving to Multiple Measures Placement and present a brief overview of the placement processes advisors will use to assist students during initial advising sessions.

In addition, the session will describe new resources to help under-prepared students, including a designated "College Readiness Advisor" who will assist new students-- before they begin college classes-- with getting support to make improvements in their writing, reading, math, study skills, and/or computer skills.

Common Time is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on Clifton Campus and is open to all College employees.

For those who can't attend in person, the Common Time will be live-streamed at

Two Multiple Measures Placement training sessions are available today, Feb. 7, for Advisors, Program Chairs, and Department Chairs.

Training is offered from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m. Both sessions are in ATLC 313.

Enrollment report for Spring shows gains

On the "census date" for Spring Semester (Feb 4, 2020), Cincinnati State students were enrolled for a total of 54,356 credit hours-- up 2.6% compared to the total on the census date in Spring Semester 2019.

The "census date" is the 14th day of each semester.

Some reports to the State of Ohio use census date information, and those reports help determine the amount of subsidy allocated to Cincinnati State.

The Spring credit hour enrollment increase also means that enrollment was higher than projected in the budget for Fiscal Year 2020.

The budget projections were based on expectations that enrollment for Spring Semester would decline rather than increase.

Other good news in the Spring census date report:

  • The total headcount (for all students) of 8,713 is 6.9% higher than the census date total for Spring 2019.
    • CCP headcount of 2,283 students is 26.6% higher than Spring 2019
    • Non-CCP headcount of 6,430 students is 1.3% higher than Spring 2019
  • The total credit hours for all enrollments, including CCP and WDC along with "regular" enrollments, is 66,707.50--  6.5% higher than Spring 2019.

The benchmark for "Success Incentives Compensation" provisions contained in several Cincinnati State employee union contracts was not met. The contractual benchmark uses only non-WDC/CCP total credit hours, and needed to reach 59,365.

Detailed reports on College enrollment are available on the College intranet.

Reports will continue to be updated weekly to account for 10-week course enrollments and other changes that occur during the rest of the semester.

  • To find enrollment reports on the intranet, go to Institutional Research Reports > Enrollment Dashboards > Weekly Dashboards > Spring 2020 Weekly Dashboards.
  • The Dashboard files use Tableau Reader software, so you'll need to download Tableau Reader to open and view the Dashboard files.
  • Instructions for downloading and using Tableau are available in the Institutional Research Reports > Enrollment Dashboards folder on the intranet.

Historical Society presents "History of Soul Food" on Feb. 10

The Cincinnati State Historical Society Brown Bag Lunch on Monday, Feb. 10, features a presentation in honor of Black History Month.

Candice Jones, Program Chair for the associate's degree programs Dietetic Technology and Pre-Nutrition Science, will discuss "The History of Soul Food."

The Brown Bag Lunch takes place in Conference Center Room 342 from noon to 12:50 p.m.

All CState students and employees are welcome to bring your lunch (of soul food or any other food) and enjoy this learning experience.

At the conclusion of the presentation, a raffle will be held for a $15 Graeter's gift card.

The Brown Bag Lunch series is sponsored by the Cincinnati State Historical Society and Cincinnati State’s History Department.

For more information, contact club advisor Professor Daniel Anderson ( or 569-1708).

Work-Study Job Fair for students on Feb. 10

The Financial Aid Office is hosting a Federal Work-Study Job Fair on Monday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the ATLC First Floor.

Students who are interested in learning more about on-campus and off-campus work opportunities should bring resumes and their Surge Card student ID.

Students who need help preparing a resume or want tips on improving their Job Fair success can visit the Career Center on the ATLC second floor.

Purchase Valentine flowers from the Horticulture Club

Cincinnati State's Horticulture Club is selling boxed roses, and a select group of house plants, on Clifton Campus on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The roses are $5 each; prices for plants vary depending on size.

The club is also accepting pre-orders for Valentine's Day bouquets in vases (either red roses or mixed flowers) for $50.

Send your pre-order information (specifying roses or mixed flowers) to Greenhouse Manager Kelly Wanstrath ( by Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Pre-ordered bouquets will be available for pick up on Feb. 13 at the Horticulture Club table on the first floor of the Main Building, near the Distribution Center (otherwise known as the Mail Room).

Proceeds from flower and plant sales support Landscape Horticulture student travel to events like the National Collegiate Landscape Competition and other professional activities.

Student Welcome Back & Resource Fair kicked off Spring student activities

About 250 students attended the Welcome Back & Resource Fair event sponsored by Student Activities on Jan. 29. The Fair was available to both day and evening students.

About 20 campus offices were represented, giving students opportunities to learn about services such as Tutoring, the Writing Center, the Career Closet, the Career Center, the Counseling Office, the Library, the Surge Cupboard Food Pantry, the Transfer Center, and more.

Participating students also obtained free school supplies provided by the Counseling Office.

(Photos by Amy Wagner, Cincinnati State Web/Digital Manager)

Career Center hosted training for career coaches

The Cincinnati State Career Center hosted several training sessions for College employees on how to be an effective career coach for students.

Trainees included those in the photo above (from left): Kim McMillian, Constance Hawkins, Allyson Knue, Stephanie Seta, Edna Gibbs, Kelly Harper, Wendy Steinberg, Laura Horn, Alison Trimbur, Sharon Brown, Linda Romero Smith, Courtney Miller, and training leader Riley O’Grady.

Training participants represented Cincinnati State Career Center staff, associate deans, academic advisors, and Student Support Services/Upward Bound staff.

The training was led by Riley O’Grady, the CEO/Founder of Valiant, a consulting and training organization focused on career services and workforce development.

Valiant has assisted organizations including Talbert House and YMCA Achievers, and has provided programs for Butler Tech and Simon Kenton High School.

Three half-day workshop were offered on Jan. 17, 24, and 31. Each workshop focused on creating a foundation of career coaching techniques such as powerful questioning, listening, and creating career insights.

Career Center Manager Kelly Harper said a goal of the training is to help to standardize approaches to career coaching at the College.

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