NEWARK, Ohio, December 15, 2015 – Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey and Senior Vice Chancellor Gary Cates visited Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in Newark on Monday to talk with President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., Vice President of Business and Finance David Brillhart and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lauri White. The main topic of discussion was college affordability and efficiency. Carey wanted to learn what COTC is doing to make higher education affordable for students.
A task force established by Ohio Governor John Kasich recently released an affordability and efficiency report making recommendations on ways in which state-sponsored institutions of higher education, including four-year universities and two-year community colleges, can be more efficient, offering an education of equal or higher quality while at the same time decreasing costs.
COTC shares its Newark campus with The Ohio State University at Newark. The two institutions have a very successful cost-shared relationship. Carey wanted to learn more about how the model works.
“I’m impressed and proud of the partnership COTC has with Ohio State Newark,” said Carey. “It’s successful and efficient. I would like to find out more about it and share that information with other co-located campuses around the state.”
“It is a solid model,” said Coe. “We share facilities and staff, and work very hard to protect the relationship between the two institutions. We all put students first and make decisions based on what is best for students at both institutions. That is one of the reasons it works so well. It’s our culture to collaborate, not duplicate.”
Other topics discussed included the ability to transfer credits from a two-year institution to a four-year institution and College Credit Plus, the state initiative that allows eligible students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously and save thousands on the cost of college.
Central Ohio Technical College 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.