NEWARK, Ohio, December 12, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Resource Planning Analyst Joe Argiro was recently elected president of the Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning (OAIRP). The election of officers was conducted at the organization's fall meeting which was held on the COTC Newark campus.
"I am excited about the opportunity to lead the state-wide organization and expand COTC's presence in the group," said Argiro. "I served as vice president for 2015-16 and was nominated with unanimous approval for president for 2016-17. It is an honor."
OAIRP promotes institutional research, policy analysis, program planning, budgetary planning and space planning as professional activities in higher education. The group also provides a forum in which institutional researchers, planners, policy analysts and other educational professionals can discuss issues of interest, seek mutual assistance for common problems, and consider trends and developments common to the future of public and private institutions of higher education.
"As president, my charge is to engage the higher education research community in Ohio with social media and at our bi-annual conference," said Argiro. "I will try to find opportunities to present information that directly relates to our work in the sector and provide a forum which fosters engagement between members giving them the opportunity to share their work and present findings to their colleagues."
COTC hosted the organization's autumn 2016 conference on October 28 with 70 research, planning and policy professionals in attendance. Multiple organizations were involved including the Ohio Education Research Center, the Ohio Department of Higher Education Information System, Tableau (data visualization company), and dozens of Ohio institutions of higher education.
"We are looking to continue to expand our collaboration with outside organizations, focusing on the research and policy agendas impacting our state and nation," said Argiro. "We want to keep our membership abreast of current and future trends."
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.