Panel I Members

Characteristics of Freshman and Transfer Students



Facilitator: Dr. Mabel Freeman


Dr. Mabel Freeman is the Assistant Vice President for First Year Experience and interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions at The Ohio State University.  She also serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership.    Her work in the Office of First Year Experience includes insuring a successful transition into the university that is coordinated with a first year of academic and co-curricular experiences that personalize the university and result in higher retention and graduation rate for undergraduates.  She also works directly with recruitment efforts and the admission process for new freshman and transfers in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Dr. Freeman received her BSC.Ed. in Secondary Education and English, her   MA in Guidance and Counseling, and her PhD in Education Policy and Leadership from Ohio State.


Panel Members: Dr. Bruce Poling, Hazel Pierson, and Judith MacDonald


Dr. Bruce Poling has been the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering at The University of Toledo since 1994.  As Associate Dean, he has implemented a mandatory co-op program, increased freshman enrollment, successfully undergone the school’s first EC2000 accreditation visit, and implemented a new freshman success program that has raised freshman retention from 58% to 74%.  Dr. Poling received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and his PhD from The University of Illinois.


Hazel Pierson is a PhD candidate at the University of Akron, and serves as instructor at Youngstown State University.  She received her BSME at the University of Texas-Austin and her MSME at Youngstown State.  She is currently teaching in the Freshman Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering programs at Youngstown State while finishing dissertation requirements at the University of Akron. 


Judith MacDonald currently serves as the Director of Academic Advising for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.  In that capacity, she is responsible for coordinating academic and honors advising, Summer Orientation, and Engineering 100, an introductory survey class.  She received her BS in Ceramic Engineering from Ohio State in 1965.