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January 30, 2015 : Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Meets with Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Representatives
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Dean Dr. Jim Smith hosted a meeting on college affordability in the state with Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey Thursday afternoon. The meeting, in which Carey also heard from OUL students, OUL Enrollment Manager Pat Fox, Ohio University Regional Higher Education Executive Dean Bill Willan, and Ohio University Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Craig Cornell, was held at the Pickerington Center.
“We were delighted when you called and asked to have a conversation on college affordability,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Dr. Jim Smith. “It’s a timely topic and important topic.  It’s something we think about and live every day.”
Carey arranged the meeting in order to have a discussion on college affordability ahead of Governor John Kasich’s budget announcement next week.  Carey wanted to find out what Ohio’s higher education institutions have been doing to keep college affordable for students of all ages and get input on how to continue that in the future.  Carey had a similar meeting in Cincinnati on Wednesday with representatives of the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
“We have tried to keep our costs down and our tuition down,” said Regional Higher Education Executive Dean Bill Willan. “The regional campuses very much are in tune with their communities and through the economic downturn, between 2007 and 2011, we did not increase tuition a penny because of the situation we found our students in.”
“Our community really supports our students through scholarships they have provided,” said OUL Enrollment Manager Pat Fox. “We try to help our students find the best ways to keep their costs down.”
Chancellor Carey asked Ohio University Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Craig Cornell to talk about the new OHIO Guarantee, which is a cohort-based, level-rate tuition, housing, dining, and fee model that assures students and their families a set of comprehensive rates for the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Ohio University.  The guarantee starts in the fall of 2015. Tuition, housing, dining, and fee rates established at enrollment remain unchanged for 12 consecutive semesters.
“Students who start on the regional campus will get the OHIO Guarantee rate from the year they started on the regional campus,” said Cornell. “So when they transfer to Athens, they will be locked into the earlier tuition rate.”
carey students - starr mcclendon and mason mcgrewStudent Starr McClendon, age 29, returned to school after getting laid off and worked with Job and Family Services to find another path. She started at the Pickerington Center in 2012 and got an associate’s degree in Business Management Technology. McClendon is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management.
“I found every job I applied for, I was either overqualified or under qualified.  So, I found I needed to go back to school.  I chose the Pickerington location because it was here, it was close to home,” said McClendon. “I was able to talk to my professors and get to know them.  It was very important to me to not be a number.  I needed help with my learning disabilities.  I didn’t know there was any help available for me.  I came to the regional campus, and I told them my struggles.  They helped with every single thing.  Going straight to the Athens Campus scared me. It’s comforting here. You see every age and every type of person, and you know you are doing this together.”
Student Mason McGrew, age 21, is a Health Services Administration and Communication Studies major.  He told Carey that location and affordability were very important to him.
“I knew I wanted to live close, I knew I wanted to do something in the health field.  Wherever I went, I knew it had to have a baseball team I could play on,” said McGrew. “This was the right choice for me. I think it’s a great value.”
The Ohio Board of Regents is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents advises the Governor on higher education policy and implements the Governor’s plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and drive the state’s economic advancement through the University System of Ohio, the state’s network of universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult workforce and adult education centers. Chancellor John Carey was appointed the ninth Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in April of 2013.