April 28, 2005

Administrators tour Academic Center D

Columbus State administrators gather April 22 to tour the new academic center under construction, which is scheduled to open in approximately one year. The building will house the Community Education and Workforce Development division, a conference center, and a child development center, shown here

Division of Arts and Sciences presents Faculty Lecture Series on Ba'ath Party

One of the most significant forces in the Middle East in the past 50 years has been the establishment of the Ba'ath party. From its inception in 1941 to the present, Ba'athist ideology has been claimed by leaders such as Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein. But to what extent are these leaders truly representative of the ideological roots of the Ba'ath party?

Join Dr. Darlene Alberts, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities, who will explore these and other issues as she attempts to clarify the real and imagined influence of this important movement. The lecture will be offered Wednesday, May 4, at 3 p.m.  in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

One in four Columbus State students enrolled in Distance learning

Columbus State currently has the largest distance learning enrollment in the state, according to Ed Busher, Ed.D, administrator for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, and one in every four students currently enrolled at the college is taking an on-line course. Twenty-five percent of all distance learning students are taking only on-line classes--no on-campus courses.

Columbus State currently offers 300 for-credit courses totaling approximately 1,200 credit hours per quarter.  This spring, distance learning enrollment went over 7,345 seats sold in all forms of distance learning (telecourses, cable courses, etc.) with 6,829 from on-line courses specifically.  A total of 4,907 individual students enrolled in at least one distance learning class, which represents 24 percent of the total student enrollment at the college.

Some other statistics from Busher's office: The average age of the distance learning student is 29. Seventy percent are female.  The average credit load taken "at a distance" is 9.4 credits.  The average number of distance courses taken is 2.35.  Three complete degrees programs are currently offered through distance education: the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degree, and the Associate of Applied Science in Marketing degree. 

Columbus State also offers two certificate programs online: E-Commerce and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The department was recently awarded a Best Practices in Student Services award from the Ohio Learning Network (OLN). Busher reports that Columbus State was also the first state institution in Ohio to receive North Central Association (NCA) approval to offer a complete degree program at a distance. 

Buy one ticket, get one free offer to "A Night of Italian Opera" featuring The Columbus Symphony Orchestra

CSO Conductor Laureate Alessandro Siciliani leads the Columbus Symphony in a night of opera favorites, from Verdi to Puccini, with Tenor Francisco Casanova, Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre. Columbus State employees and students can take advantage of the buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer by calling the CSO Ticket Office at (614) 228-8600 and mentioning code C13-CSCC.

Also, get the inside scoop on the composers and repertoire by attending the free pre-concert lecture, Music Talk, hosted by Classical 89.7, WOSU-FM's Christopher Purdy. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately one-half hour.

Ticket office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and concert Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.