Thursday, February 7, 2008

Partnership brings Ohio U. degrees to Columbus State

Val and Rod
Dr. Moeller shakes hands with Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, upon signing the agreement between Columbus State and Ohio University.

The presidents of Columbus State Community College and Ohio University Wednesday signed an agreement to collaborate to expand access to higher education opportunities in central Ohio.

“This is a new era in our long relationship with Ohio University”
-Val Moeller

Under the program, students will be able to get an associate degree at Columbus State, then turn around and get a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University within two years. Not only that, but Ohio University plans to provide courses via on-site and distance learning, allowing students to get an Ohio University degree without leaving Columbus.
Columbus State has degree completion program agreements with several colleges, but this is one of the few that would bring classes from another school to the Columbus State campus.

Students would take three years of Columbus State courses and a final year of Ohio University courses. The first program, to start in Autumn 2008, will be a Bachelor of Applied and Technical Studies degree. The two colleges are working to finalize other degrees.

Delaina Watkins, a Columbus State student in business, said she was interested to learn more about the partnership. Watkins, who plans to graduate in the fall, said she might become an Ohio University student. 

“Our partnership with Columbus State Community College jointly supports the development of a more highly educated and competitive regional workforce, which is capable of meeting the needs of both new and existing enterprises across the region,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

The institutions plan to explore various options in this new strategic partnership, focusing on expanding learning opportunities for students. Already under discussion is a bachelor’s degree completion program in criminal justice, providing students who have earned an associate’s degree in that field to complete a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in a format similar to the applied and technical studies program.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to serve our students and the community in new ways,” said Columbus State President Val Moeller. “This is a new era in our long relationship with Ohio University, and we are committed that we will continue to expand this great partnership for our students.”

She added, “I hope this collaboration will be a model for how community colleges and state universities can work together to benefit students and working adults—and to help Ohio dramatically expand the skills of our workforce and increase the number of Ohioans with associate and bachelor’s degrees.”

ancient statue in CambodiaPhotographic slide show of Vietnam and Cambodia now in the ERC
Come to the Educations Resources Center (ERC) and experience the intriguing world of Indochine by viewing Kenny Ruffin’s photographic slide show of Vietnam and Cambodia. Included in his presentation are pictures of Hanoi, a charming thousand-year-old city, Halong Bay, so uniquely beautiful that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An, a trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, the Royal City of  Hue, Vietnam’s cultural and religious capital, as well as the jungle-draped temples of mystical Angkor Wat in Cambodia, one of the wonders of the world, built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. This exhibition is located in the Art Gallery North on the Main Level of the ERC and will be on display throughout February.

Diabetic Support Group to start Feb. 13Wellness logoThe first meeting of Columbus State’s new Diabetic Support Group will take place on Wednesday, February 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Discovery Exchange conference room (306). This group is for students, faculty, staff, and even family members to learn more about living with diabetes. Group members will choose topics and guest speakers as well as provide support, accountability, and ideas for one another.  Please RSVP to Don Laubenthal at 287-3627 or .