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OHIO Provost Sayrs column highlights how behavioral nudging can support completion and persistence


Ohio University Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs wrote a column for the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) that focuses on OHIO’s use of behavioral science research to help students stay in college and earn their degrees. She wrote:

“At May’s commencement ceremony, I was honored and delighted to shake the hand of a graduating student I have known for over a decade. Having grown up in poverty, sometimes residing with a grandparent and living unsupported by parents throughout college, this student was now a college graduate with a job already lined up. It’s not a unique story at Ohio University, but one of many that demonstrates to me every day that education has the power to transform not only our students, but also their families and communities.

“Located in the rural Appalachian foothills, Ohio University balances its role as a selective, nationally ranked research institution that has an increasingly diverse body of students from across the state, nation, and world, with a commitment to its mission of access for students in the region. I am as proud of that student’s graduation as I am of the ten OHIO students who were awarded a Fulbright this spring.”

To read the full column, click here.