Celebrating a unique educational partnership in Delaware area

News Release Date: 
09.15.11

Columbus State and Ohio State partnership shares resources
and expands access to higher education to Delaware County

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, college officials, and the community joined together Wednesday, September 14 in celebration of a unique partnership in Delaware County that brings together the educational resources of The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College on one campus in Delaware County.

Beginning autumn quarter 2011, selected Ohio State courses will be taught by Ohio State faculty at Columbus State’s Delaware Campus, which opened in autumn 2010.  Many of the new offerings are 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. 

Ohio State students living in the Delaware area now have the added convenience of taking classes on the eco-friendly Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus and making the seamless transition to Ohio State Marion (located just a short drive north), the Columbus campus, or any Ohio State regional campus to complete their degree.

The campus celebrated its partnership on Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 p.m. with a campus community meet and greet.  Ohio State President Gordon Gee and Columbus State President David Harrison were among those who addressed attendees, followed by a ceremonial planting of a Buckeye tree on the Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus to symbolize the new partnership. 

Ohio State’s presence on Columbus State’s Delaware Campus coincides with the closure of its Delaware Center, which was operated as part of the Ohio State Marion regional campus.  The Delaware Center, established in 2001 was located in close proximity to Columbus State Delaware.

Initially, two-thirds of the Ohio State courses offered at the Delaware Center have migrated 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 serves this growing student base, while providing efficiencies for both institutions.”

“We are delighted to welcome our friends from Ohio State,” said Angelo Frole, Dean of the Columbus State Community College Delaware Campus.  “This partnership is a testament to providing students around Delaware County the opportunity to enrich their academic lives and become successful with their future endeavors.”

“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.

The goal of the partnership is to share resources between two respected institutions of higher learning and expand college access for Delaware area residents.