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2017 News Dean Tuck
December 14, 2017 : Dean Advocates For OUC


Ohio University Chillicothe Campus Dean Marty Tuck and student Josh Reisinger visited the Ohio Statehouse to advocate for regional higher education at the second annual Ohio Regional Campus Day with state senators recently.   Tuck and Reisinger joined representatives of many regional campuses in Ohio including The Ohio State University, the University of Akron, Kent State University, Miami University, The University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, Bowling Green State University, and the other Ohio University regional campuses to educate Ohio legislators on the role of regional campuses in state higher education.  This year, each representative met with the senators who represent each institution's recruiting area.

Meeting with local senators Troy Balderson (R-20th District) and Bob Peterson (R-17th District), Tuck made clear why regional campuses are an important part of the higher education system in the state.  He explained OUC's mission as a college designed to be an affordable alternative to residential campuses in the state. OUC allows local students to earn nationally recognized Ohio University degrees and a fraction of the cost of other state schools.  While some legislators are unaware of the differences between community colleges and regional campuses, Tuck made it clear that OUC offers both associate degrees and bachelor degrees, something that community colleges do not offer.  Generally, Tuck thought, the senators are gaining an understanding of regional campuses.  "They are starting to understand that our students would not be able to go to college if not for regional campuses," stated Tuck. "They are realizing the important roles we plan in our areas and how we are different from main campuses and community colleges."

The Senators were interested in learning more about the strengths and weaknesses of College Credit Plus, a state mandated dual enrollment program that allows qualified high school students to take college courses at no cost to the student.  Tuck stressed that while many faculty members will agree that College Credit Plus students are typically high achieving students, some students are not yet college ready both academically and emotionally, particularly the younger students who may be in grades as low as seventh or eighth.  This is one aspect of the program that state senators may consider in future discussions.

Tuck was proud to speak to the senators about the recent partnerships that OUC created.  Currently OUC honors an articulation agreement with Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center to allow Pickaway Ross students to earn college credit toward OUC's Environmental Engineering Technology program while still completing their vocational education.  In some cases, students who participate in this agreement may only have one year of classes at OUC before they can graduate from OUC with an associate degree. OUC has also partnered with local businesses to offer specialized programs to help employees earn Ohio University degrees.  Employees at Adena Health System, for example, have taken advantage of OUC's technical and applied studies courses offered at convenient times and either online or off campus for those who work full time for the hospital system.  "We have to tell the senators what they want to hear. They want to hear about how we are partnering with high schools, community college, vocational schools, and others to help make college more affordable to Ohioans," Tuck stated.
Last year Tuck met with Representative Gary Scherer (R, 92nd District) for the first annual event.  The 2016 Ohio Regional Campus Day focused on speaking to Senators and Representatives who represented the physical location of each individual campus.