Compelling Priority #3: Reduced Time to Degree

Central State University is committed to reviewing its curricula to maintain currency and provide support for degree completion in a timely manner. The University encourages students to attend summer school in order to accelerate degree completion.

Central State University will Strategies and structures for achieving goal Responsible Unit(s) Timeline

Formalize advising protocols  throughout the entire undergraduate experience

Identify expectations and components for effective advisement

  1. Redesigned Handle Your Business to improve advising, registration, and enrollment.


3.1.2 Develop training modules for faculty and professional staff advising
  1. Faculty training modules are available to faculty on Faculty Central, the University’s Blackboard resource site for faculty.
  2. New faculty orientation is scheduled for Fall and Spring semesters.
3.1.3 Design consistent formatted programs of study for each academic program
  1. Program check sheets and four-year plans were updated, aligned with the General Education curriculum reformatted and aligned.
3.1.4 Make programs of study accessible online and in print form
  1. completed
3.1.5 Design programs of study that prescribe course offerings for eight semesters (summer sessions can be included if needed)
  1. completed
3.1.6 Coordinate course offerings in accordance with the program of study to meet the needs of students
  1. Chairs have been directed to align course offerings with program of study. This activity improves each semester as we review course grades and course enrollments to better predict offerings.
3.1.7 Provide full support for implementation of Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
  1. Project was discontinued by ODHE because the grant ended. However, the science disciplines have benefited from participating in the initial process by identifying gateway courses and enhancing tutoring support for those courses.

Use appropriate data for monitoring students throughout their entire undergraduate experience

Identify and use data reports that are needed for effective decisions in monitoring student progress



  1. Reports on attendance, course completion, persistence, and graduation are compiled and distributed to colleges and departments to support decision making on a regular basis.
  2. Interim grade reports are available to academic advisors and students at two times per semester.


3.2.2 Fully utilize Banner and other existing systems to increase effectiveness of data usage
  1. Full integration of Blackboard, Campus Labs, TK20, and Royall and Company with Banner is underway.

Improve and increase flexible course delivery through distance and/or online learning

Improve technology infrastructure to accommodate multiple devices


  1. The Department of Administrative Services/CIO for the State of Ohio visited the campus. Senator Chris Widener, Provost Charles Ford and Mr. Jeff Choi apprised them of the IT challenges and needs.  The CIO is preparing campus- wide recommendations on the best use of the upcoming capital funds for IT services. The CIO has also committed to preparing design / bidding specs and bid evaluation for the project, which is a savings of an estimated $340,000 to CSU which is a cost benefit to the University.
  2. Considerations and discussions are being held to determine the feasibility of moving all or portions of IT support and data warehousing to the State of Ohio Computing Center in Columbus, Ohio, through the use of the OARNET connection. Savings could result from license fee avoidance, lower cost maintenance agreements, and lower cost equipment replacements, so that more IT resources at CSU could be used on services to students and staff at a much reduced cost. 
  3. The newly renovated Center for Instructional Technology and Innovation in the Ward Complex features technology tables, teaching and learning labs; and state of the art systems for instructional use by faculty and students.



3.3.2 Utilize Blackboard to create and conduct online classes
  1. The CITI conducted a once-a-semester, seven-week technology training for faculty and staff.  Two different sessions were implemented to allow as many faculty as possible to participate. A total of 75 certificates were issued as of December 2015, compared to 54 as of September 2015, an increase of nearly 40 percent within the reporting period  
3.3.3 Utilize Quality Matters benchmarks for training faculty
  1. Although the CITI had reviewed online courses in the past, it is now conducting a thorough review with the intent of earning a Quality Matters seal on each course, which will be part of the programs that it plans to submit in the fall of 2016 for HLC approval.
3.3.4 Fully develop all general education courses for online delivery
  1. One path for completing the general education requirement, excluding the science requirement, is available online. Courses to complete the science requirement are under development.

3.4 Enhance and improve academic services for veterans

Award college credit for life/military experience


  1. College credit is available for military experience through American Council on Education certification (ACE).
  2. CSU accepts credits from DANTES, a credit-by-examination program for military personnel.


3.4.2 Facilitate seamless course transfer for non-traditional students and students with life/military experience
  1. There is already a seamless transition for non-traditional students and students with life/military experience when credits have been awarded by ACE and DANTES.

3.4.3 Support fully the state-wide initiative for Prior Learning Assessment
  1. There is a state-wide initiative to develop military TAGs.

3.4.4 Continue to develop extensive articulation opportunities with community colleges
  1. Active articulation agreements with community colleges include Clark State Community College and Stark State Community College. Other articulation agreements are in the process of been updated.