The Ohio State University at Lima


Generation One

What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community is a unique academic opportunity for first year Ohio State Lima students made up of a group of approximately 25 students who are co-enrolled in three core courses during their first year on campus. The learning community operates as a team concept that provides a supportive environment to help transition to college and succeed academically in the first year. These communities provide opportunities for students to connect with a small group of peers with similar academic interests. These students will have a sequence of cohort courses that fulfill general education requirement and a supportive network of fellow students, peer educators, and professors.

Generation One Learning Community

The Generation One Learning Community at Ohio State Lima is designed to connect first generation college students the moment they come on campus. Students opt to join this program during their orientation, when they also enroll in a designated Gen1 course. The Learning Community is an opportunity to join with other first-generation college students in an enriching environment designed to emphasize the keys to success both inside and outside the classroom. Students have the opportunity to establish connections with other Ohio State Lima students, faculty and staff who identify as first-generation and meet people who can help them succeed in navigating the university environment. All first year, first generation college students are invited to be a part of the Generation One Learning Community.

Current Generation One Learning Community Students:




"The Gen One community opened up a door of service for me. It made me realize that I could make an impact on something here. We would volunteer at the West Ohio Food Bank. We did that as a group. I joined United Way, so I could help with the West Ohio Food Bank. That was one of my passions." - Alison Roof



"Being able to have a shared experience was really comforting. I know that this person is new to this experience as well and we have a shared experience really helped me go through uncharted waters. I liked going to the West Ohio Food Bank for one of our assignments. I didn’t know that existed. Learning more about the Lima community and ways that people can serve the community was really great." - Johnathon Redmon



"One of my favorite things that we did was volunteer at the West Ohio Food Bank. I really like doing that. Rachel Richardson from career services came in and taught us how to build our resumes. That was really good for me because I had no clue how to do that. I've never done that before. I also learned healthy study habits and stuff like that. It's cool stuff that you need to know that you don't think about. That was really good." - Lexi Myers




ONE CAUSE - TWO DAYS - COUNTLESS LIVES TOUCHED

We invite you to be a part of something transformational and support the Generation One Learning Community this year through two unique opportunities: Spring for Gen One and the Ohio State Day of Giving. Join us at Spring for Gen One and hear from current first generation Ohio State Lima students who have been directly impacted by the Gen One Learning Community. Spring for Gen One lays the groundwork to continue to pay forward and precedes the Ohio State Day of Giving, a 24 hour-hour digital fundraising campaign inspiring alumni and friends to support their favorite Ohio State cause. Together, with your support, we will build the future for the Ohio State Lima Generation One Learning Community and future generations to come. (To register for the event or make an online contribution to the Ohio State Day of Giving, click the boxes below for more information.)



Who can be a part of Generation One?

To be a part of Generation One, students must be a first-generation first-time college student. First-generation college students are students whose parents do not hold a degree from a four-year college or university. First-time college student refers to students who have never been enrolled in college before, although students who enrolled in college classes while in high school are eligible.

Generation One offers:

  • academic enrichment opportunities
  • leadership training
  • camaraderie
  • community engagement
  • field trip opportunities

What is a learning community?

  • A unique academic opportunity for first year Ohio State Lima students
  • A group of approximately 25 students who are co-enrolled in three core courses during their first year on campus
  • A team concept that provides a supportive environment to help transition to college and succeed academically in the first year
  • A chance to connect with a small community of peers with similar academic interests
  • A sequence of cohort courses that fulfill general education requirements
  • A supportive network of fellow students, peer educators, and professors

What are the benefits?

  • Establish positive working relationships with professors
  • Focus on common academic areas of interest
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Participate in group activities and initiatives as defined by each cohort of students
  • Enjoy a collaborative environment designed to achieve academic success
  • $200 certificate to bookstore upon completion of the program
  • Opportunities to mentor the next class of first-year students at Ohio State Lima

For more information about the Generation One Learning Community, contact:

Shane McCrory, Director of Student Life - mccrory.6@osu.edu • 567-242-7337