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New Ohio State and Columbus State collaboration increases opportunities for students

The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College are about to build on their long history of collaboration.

Beginning in Autumn 2011, selected Ohio State courses will be offered by Ohio State faculty at Columbus State’s Delaware campus, which opened in Autumn 2010. These courses will include a range of classes in such areas as business, psychology, communication, sociology, and English. Many of the new offerings will be intermediate and upper-level classes, building on Columbus State’s existing curriculum to provide its students with a seamless bridge to an Ohio State baccalaureate degree.

Other forms of cooperation are also being explored by the two schools, including joint academic advising.

Ohio State’s presence on Columbus State’s Delaware Campus will coincide with the closure of its Delaware Center, currently operated by Ohio State Marion. The center, established in 2001 and now located in close proximity to Columbus State in Delaware, offers a full schedule of general education courses to some 400 students. Initially, two-thirds of the courses offered at the Delaware Center will migrate to Columbus State in Delaware.

“The last decade of increasing enrollments at the Delaware Center has demonstrated Delaware’s desirability as an entry point to higher education for students in northern Franklin and Delaware counties,” said Gregory S. Rose, Ohio State Marion dean and director. “The Ohio State-Columbus State collaboration in Delaware will serve this growing student base, while providing efficiencies for both institutions.”

“We are delighted to welcome our friends from Ohio State to our growing campus,” said Jan Rogers, vice president of student affairs at Columbus State and dean of the Delaware Campus. “This is an ideal partnership for college students in and around Delaware County, and an effective use of state-funded resources.”

The Columbus State Delaware campus currently enrolls about 800 students.

“This new collaboration shows our mutual commitment to expanded access and enhanced student attainment,” said Michael J. Boehm, Ohio State vice provost for academic planning. “It will establish a new model for institutional cooperation, with our institutions setting the pace in fulfilling Ohio’s expectations of higher education.”

State goals call for increasing college enrollment by 230,000 and boosting the rate of graduation by 20 percent by 2017.