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Work in Progress: Aligning What We Want With What We Seek: Increasing Comprehensive Review in the Graduate Admissions Process

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Improved Pathways to Graduate Studies

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Graduate Studies

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La'Tonia Stiner-Jones Ohio State University

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Dr. Stiner-Jones is Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Assistant Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. As Assistant Dean she provides leadership of graduate affairs and professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees. She also oversees strategic recruitment of graduate students with a focus on increasing diversity. As Assistant Professor, she is responsible for participating in teaching, scholarship and service for the department.

Dr. Stiner-Jones received her Bachelor’s and PhD. degrees from Wright State University and her MBA from Capital University. After completing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, she completed postdocs, in neuroimmunology and psychoneuroimmunology at Ohio State. Her work has been published in numerous scientific journals and presented both nationally and internationally. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Stiner-Jones accepted a faculty position in Ohio State’s College of Dentistry and served as Director of Minority Student Recruitment and DENTPATH, a post baccalaureate program to prepare disadvantaged students for dental school.

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Wolfgang Windl Ohio State University

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Wolfgang Windl is Professor and Graduate Studies Chair in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. Before joining OSU, he spent four years with Motorola, ending his tenure as Principal Staff Scientist in the Digital DNA Laboratories in Austin, TX. Previously, he held postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Arizona State University and received his diploma and doctoral degree in Physics from the University of Regensburg, Germany. His numerous awards include the first Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Society in 2006; the 2015 Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Engineering Innovation from the College of Engineering; and 2006 and 2015 Mars Fontana Best Teacher Awards from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. During his tenure as Graduate Studies Chair over the past four years, Wolfgang Windl has pioneered and successfully introduced the first holistic admission protocol within the MSE Department and is currently helping to extend this approach to the College of Engineering and the OSU Graduate School.

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To improve the identification of students likely to complete a graduate degree, we sought to change our process and the way we evaluate students for admission. For this, we changed the application and review process to include an assessment of applicants’ non-cognitive variables based on Sedlacek’s work and the Fisk-Vanderbilt MS-PhD Bridge Program admissions model [1-3]. In 2016, our Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) piloted the incorporation of these changes. Consequently, MSE increased the enrollment of women and underrepresented minority students by 15% and 46%, respectively and we will be evaluating the impact of the changes on performance metrics and completion rates over time. Ahead of this application cycle, we have made changes to the applications of more of our graduate programs in the college. Most recently, we were asked to create a plan for the university. As changes continue, we will evaluate outcomes and impact within the college and across the university over time, which we hope will inform best practices for improving completion of graduate degrees and diversity of graduate programs.

Stiner-Jones, L., & Windl, W. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Aligning What We Want With What We Seek: Increasing Comprehensive Review in the Graduate Admissions Process Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33592

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