Even though enrollment at Ohio State is at an all-time high, the OSU Board of Trustees is trying to figure out how to attract more students, especially minorities.
The board met Wednesday evening to discuss where the university can look to draw more minorities to campus.
Trustee William Jurgenson said one place to start would be Columbus City Schools.
“You wouldn’t have to go any farther than four blocks from here,” Jurgenson said.
Jurgenson suggested that OSU students participate in Columbus school programs to encourage students to continue their education and apply to OSU. He stressed the importance of helping city school students with college applications, and said money should not be a factor in determining whether to apply to OSU.
“Money is really no longer an issue,” he said. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. We need to increase the collective confidence of these kids that they can do it.”
Mabel Freeman, assistant vice president of Undergraduate Admissions, was in attendance, and agreed on the importance of using OSU students to help increase enrollment. She has a team of 150 students devoted to recruiting potential students.
“Students are really the best marketers [for OSU],” she said.
The meeting also highlighted the efforts OSU is taking to attract and accommodate minority students. Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life, gave a presentation about OSU’s programs aimed at helping minority students and educating others about diversity.
MUNDO — Multicultural Understanding through Non-Traditional Discovery Opportunities — is a living-learning community geared toward that goal. OSU also has the Bias Assessment and Response Team that works with those involved in hate- and bias-related incidents.