Our featured project is the new OSU Student Success building. We got the project in late 2010 and recently completed the Project.
About The OSU Student Success Building
The idea is to focus those services on first-year and transfer students: OSU officials are working to increase the retention rate of new students, especially in the face of national statistics suggesting that students who leave college are more likely to bolt after their first year.
OSU gets bonus points for its decision to open the services in the building to all students; originally, the idea was for the building to focus on student-athletes, but some OSU officials, most notably Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis, pushed to broaden the scope of the building. Good for them.
OSU has worked hard to improve the first-year experience for students, and so it must be a source of some frustration that one key tool for doing so – mandating that freshmen live on campus – remains out of reach, and is likely to stay that way as enrollment numbers grow.
The numbers tell the story: After the International Living-Learning Center opens in September, OSU will have about 4,500 beds in its dormitories, lodges and The Gem apartment complex. (OSU owns The Gem, but it’s managed by a private company.)
OSU has plans to build a pair of additional dorms over the next few years. That should push the number of beds available on campus above 5,000.