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Transition verdict is in: Conversion opinion is split

How successful do you think Otterbein's first ever semester has been?
Photo: Kristen Davis / Otterbein360

Student and faculty think differently about Otterbein’s first semester.

According to a survey conducted by the Tan & Cardinal, 44 percent of the online survey takers said that the transition was unsuccessful.

Kate Lehman, assistant dean for student success, said that everything went as smoothly as expected.

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“The reality is you know you can never anticipate everything, so we have done the best that we could,” Lehman said.

Lehman recently spoke as the keynote speaker at the statewide semester summit.

She spoke of the successful transition at Otterbein and discussed possible upcoming issues with other schools. She will also be speaking at Ohio University in the near future.

The conversion also made things easier for the registrar’s office. Instead of having to construct three terms, it only had to build two.

“The toughest part about the conversion was the reconstruction of the degree audits, which I am still in the process of doing,” said Don Foster, head of the registrar’s office.

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