By 1812Blockhouse

There is exciting news this week in higher education in Ohio, and Richland County is a part of it!

North Central State College is a part of a new consortium that will connect 14 independent colleges and universities and 10 community colleges in Ohio to maximize opportunities for community college students to obtain four year degrees in at least three subject areas — English, psychology, and biology.

Fueled by a grant from the Teagle Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the “Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts” will have that as its primary aim — creating a route for seamless educational experiences for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

The effort is based on a similar program in North Carolina.

In his announcement, Council of Independent Colleges President Richard Ekman said, “Private colleges and universities offer community college students a proven pathway to successfully completing bachelor’s degrees. CIC’s member institutions are proud to contribute to the national priority of increasing degree completion rates for students who begin their academic careers at community colleges.” 

The Ohio Consortium for Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts will build on a solid foundation for community college transfer in the state of Ohio. As Project Director Winnie Gerhardt notes, “a strength of the transfer landscape in Ohio is the commitment of community colleges to helping their students transition to baccalaureate degrees and the many individual partnerships and articulation agreements they have forged with independent colleges and universities to achieve this goal.

Participating independent colleges and universities are: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Capital University, Defiance College, Denison University, Hiram College, Lourdes University, Malone University, Muskingum University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Tiffin University, and Ursuline College.

Community colleges joining in are: Central Ohio Technical College, Clark State College, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College, North Central State College, Sinclair Community College, Stark State College, and Terra State Community College.

Source: Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges

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