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Annual Report to the Community
Central Ohio needs more college graduates to fill today's jobs, and Columbus State is making it happen. Over the past five years, the number of associate degree graduates at Columbus State has risen 55 percent.
These graduates move directly into jobs in small businesses and large corporations, hospitals and fire departments, design firms and manufacturers, IT shops, and engineering providers. Thousands of students are also completing the first two years of their bachelor's degree before transferring to The Ohio State University, Franklin University, Ohio University, Otterbein University, and other colleges. They're leaving Columbus State with two years (or more) of college credit, the skills to excel in the classroom, and little or no debt.
We're telling that story in our 2012 Annual Report to the Community. Download the report.
A few more highlights:
- Columbus State awarded 2,212 associate degrees in 2011-2012, up from 1,428 in just five years prior. Thousands more students transferred to a four-year school or received valuable training to help them on the job.
- Columbus State convened the Central Ohio Compact, a consortium of K-12 districts, colleges, government agencies and other stakeholders. The Compact is developing a regional strategy to reach an ambitious goal: 60 percent of Central Ohio adults will have a college degree or certificate by 2025.
- Columbus State joined Achieving the Dream, a national network of community colleges dedicated to using a data-based approach to improve student success and completion. It is focused on helping low-income students and students of color complete their education and obtain market-valued credentials.
- More students joined our Preferred Pathway® program. The Preferred Pathway® allows students to "pre-major" for their program at Ohio State.
- We deepened our partnerships with K-12 districts. For example, we're offering a wide range of classes and services at Gahanna's new Clark Hall, and offering an extensive line of classes in an entire wing of Reynoldsburg High School.
- Columbus State was named to the 2012 national list of military-friendly schools by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
- Columbus State maintained a balanced budget and an A+ credit rating from Standard & Poor's. We continue to have the lowest tuition in the region.