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From the 9/13/06 Dispatch:

 

 

BALLETMET

Performance space opens in time for new season

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

BalletMet Columbus cut the ribbon yesterday on a 250-seat "black box" — five days before the space makes its debut as a performance center for the company.  The troupe will launch its 2006-07 season with shows at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday of "New Works, New Space, New Steps" in the 5,500-square-foot Ballet-Met Performance Space, on the northeast edge of Downtown.

 

The performance space, which also houses a scenery shop, has a separate entrance at 336 N. 6 th St., behind the BalletMet Dance Centre, 322 Mount Vernon Ave. Parking is available in a 72-spot lot, on neighboring streets and in front of the dance center, which won’t be open to audiences.

 

More at http://www.dispatch.com/features-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/09/13/20060913-F6-03.html

 

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From Business First of Columbus, 10/20/06:

 

 

Columbus State's bookstore building last piece in real estate overhaul

Business First of Columbus - October 20, 2006

by Jeff Bell

Business First

 

The final piece of a construction puzzle has fallen into place at Columbus State Community College's downtown campus.  Anchored by the college's bookstore, the new Discovery Exchange building is a dramatic improvement to the corner of Cleveland and Mount Vernon avenues, said Columbus State Chief Financial Officer Terri Gehr.  "This speaks to how we have changed the face of the Cleveland Avenue area," she said.

 

The $8 million building, which will open Oct. 26, adjoins Columbus State's new $27 million Center for Workforce Development and Childhood Development Center. They replaced a group of rundown buildings that had provided makeshift space for some of the college's programs. 

 

The three buildings are part of a construction spree at Columbus State during the past 10 years that also added a parking garage off Washington Avenue, its signature red pedestrian bridge over Spring Street, and Davidson Hall off Spring Street and the Center for Technology and Learning along Mount Vernon Avenue.  They were built in a period when Columbus State's enrollment rose from 16,340 in 1997 to 22,495 this fall.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/10/23/story9.html

 

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From the 3/21/07 Dispatch:

 

 

Web extra

* Summary of the study

* Full report of the study

 

COLUMBUS STATE

College pours $737 million into region, study says

Wednesday,  March 21, 2007 3:45 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Tallying the benefits

An economic-impact study says Columbus State Community College contributes $737.2 million in income a year to the local economy. Here's how:

 

$656.4 million: Increased earnings of students, past and present, who have taken Columbus State classes.

 

$68 million: Employees' wages and the college's local purchases of services and supplies, including building equipment, computers and paper and ink.

 

$12.8 million: Spending on books, food, housing, recreation and transportation by students from outside the region. Columbus State serves Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties, and the college has a partnership with Pickaway County.

 

More at

http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_news/stories/2007/03/21/income.ART_ART_03-21-07_A1_MR6509G.html

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I got my 4-year degree from OSU in Operations Management.  Went to Columbus State, took a 2-year post-grad Accounting Certificate program, and am in a much better situation because of it.  I agree with the article that CSCC is an underappreciated tool for Central Ohio.  On the flip side, I think CSCC doesn't work hard enough to intergrate itself into the urban fabric of DT Columbus.  For all the students who come and go throughout the day... there are next to ZERO services (restaurants/bars/cafes/bookstores... etc...) available in walking distance.  This must be corrected for DT Columbus to continue its forward progress.  Not to mention the fact that Franklin University and CCAD are all in the same vicinity as well.

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I agree. I went to Columbus State to get my AA degree so I could transfer to OSU and it was a very wise decision. Not only that, but my parents saved a whole bunch of money by sending me there instead of OSU!!!

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Something I think about from time to time is how High Street functions as such a main artery of Columbus, and aside from a few other small portions of other streets (a few blocks of Front, Gay, Main), we really don't have anything that ranks as a close second place to it.

 

One area that I think could become a really nice secondary north-south "corridor" through Downtown would be Grant Avenue. It runs from The Columbus State Community College down to German Village and crosses the paths of the Columbus College of Art & Design, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grant Hospital, Franklin University,

 

Sure, you will see some people milling around the hospital a bit, and you'll see some students going from classrooms to cars at their respective schools, but really you don't see as much life on this street as you should considering the institutions that call Grant Avenue home.

 

What I propose is a push for connecting the neighborhood visually with streetscaping (more sidewalk greenspace, bike racks, "you are here" kiosks, installation art, etc) and push for new commercial and residential development along the strip. There's a few condo projects that can be found around the library and quite a few apartments as well, but surprisingly none of this is really considered as student housing. An attempt should be made to bring these three schools together to erect several residential towers aimed affordably at their student population somewhere on the north end of Grant. This demographic would serve as the fuel to ignite the need for commercial services along the corridor including restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries and more. A high-rise hotel or two should be considered for the area as well.

This area has been branded as "The Discovery District" but not too many people know much about this brand, and the ones who do think it's a joke since there's not much of a focus for what this area is supposed to me. I say we give the students housing and let it grow organically into a nice new downtown neighborhood.

 

There was a <a href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7424">recent study</a> that determined that Columbus State alone pumps over $700 million into the local economy. Wouldn't it be nice if more of that money was focused downtown by keeping some of the student population around longer before and after classes?

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Columbus State on track to break enrollment record

Business First of Columbus - by Matt Burns

Monday, March 30, 2009, 3:41pm

 

Columbus State Community College on Monday said a preliminary tally of quarterly enrollment hit 24,272 students, up 11 percent from 21,922 students a year ago.  Spokesman David Wayne said the school typically sees fewer students enrolling in the spring compared with fall and winter, but this quarter could become the third consecutive record-breaker for Columbus State.  Driving that growth, he said, is likely the fact that Columbus State’s comparably lower tuition cost is becoming more attractive amid the recession.  A full load of classes runs about $2,900 a year at Columbus State, versus $8,000 or more at Ohio's four-year schools, he said.

 

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/03/30/daily8.html

 

 

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Columbus State breaks enrollment record

Business First of Columbus

Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 3:10pm

 

A record-breaking spring quarter of enrollment for Columbus State Community College has turned out to be even better than expected.  The school on Tuesday said a final tally of quarterly enrollment showed 24,368 students, up 10 percent from 22,136 students a year ago.  That’s nearly 100 students more than a preliminary tally Columbus State disclosed March 30, the first day of the quarter.  The new number reflects enrolled students who have paid tuition.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/04/13/daily16.html

 

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Columbus State science scholarships aim to lift economy

Wednesday,  April 15, 2009 - 3:24 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Columbus State Community College will give 200 new students full scholarships over the next five years to study science and technology to help jump-start Ohio's economy.  Nearly two-thirds of those students will continue their education at Ohio State University for another two years to earn bachelor's degrees on the taxpayers' dime.  "The future of the work force is in science-based programs," said Larry Mayer, chairman of the biological and physical science department at Columbus State.

 

To read more about the application requirements, visit www.cscc.edu/futurescientists/scholarships.html.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/04/15/STEM.ART_ART_04-15-09_A1_4NDICLC.html?sid=101

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Columbus State, Ashland cooperating on early childhood ed

Business First of Columbus

Friday, May 1, 2009

 

Columbus State Community College and Ashland University have signed a new partnership agreement that creates a pipeline to a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education for students at the two-year institution.  The schools this week signed a deal that allows Columbus State students with an associate’s degree to transfer most credits and continue toward an early childhood education bachelor’s degree at Ashland’s main campus, between Columbus and Cleveland, or at its Columbus Center on Dublin-Granville Road. That degree is the largest major and initial licensure program at Ashland, which also offers programs through the doctoral level.

 

 

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/04/27/daily51.html?surround=lfn

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Columbus State setting spending agenda for fall

Business First of Columbus - by Jeff Bell

Friday, May 22, 2009

 

With one eye on the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus State Community College trustees were to vote May 21 on a spending plan for the growing school’s 2009-10 academic year.  A proposed $133.5 million operating budget would fund eight new faculty positions, create new degree and certificate programs and cover 3.75 percent pay raises for faculty, staff, administrators and part-time employees. The school also plans to fund a number of efforts to improve students’ chances for success at the two-year community college.

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/05/25/story8.html

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THE COLLEGE CHALLENGE

 

Columbus State Community College is at a pivotal point in its history.  Rapidly growing enrollment has made it Ohio's largest community college.  The school will open a Delaware County campus in 2010.  And the recession and Ohio's master plan for colleges have made the school's economic-development mandate more urgent.

 

This project, which Dispatch reporter Encarnacion Pyle conducted with the help of a fellowship from the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University, explores how the school is confronting the challenge.

 

 

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Columbus State has become Ohio's largest community college:  It now must decide how to handle its success and map its future

Sunday,  June 14, 2009 - 3:22 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Columbus State Community College is setting enrollment records, but it isn't reaching enough of the people who experts say need education the most: working adults.  With more than 24,000 students this school year, Columbus State became Ohio's largest two-year college for the first time. 

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/06/14/ColState_students.ART_ART_06-14-09_A1_N2E5FS3.html?sid=101

 

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FROM HERE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-is-home-to-ohios-largest-comm-college

 

<b>Downtown is home to Ohio’s Largest Comm. College</b>

By Walker | June 16, 2009

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/cscc.jpg">

 

But you probably wouldn’t realize it by walking around the “campus area”.

 

As this Dispatch article pointed out on Sunday, the enrollment at Columbus State has grown to over 24,000 students per year. Many of those students attend classes at the school’s largest campus located in the Discovery District area within Downtown Columbus. The article goes on to do a pretty good job at explaining how CSCC is dealing with the growth, and what sort of plans that the school’s leadership has for the future, but what I’d like to know is what the city leadership can do to help this section of Downtown realize its full potential.

 

Columbus State has expanded their Downtown campus over the last five years and added several new buildings along Cleveland Avenue including the Center for Technology, Center for Workforce Development, and the Discovery Exchange Building.

 

Despite these additions and improvements, the campus is still very much designed less as a “community” college and more as a “commuter” college. It is a place to drive into, go to class, and drive out of. A quick look at a a campus map reveals how the massive amounts of parking dwarf the the centralized cluster of classroom buildings.

 

Essentially, the thousands of students that set foot Downtown every day have very few options when it comes to living, working, and playing (to use a cliche).

 

So what can the City of Columbus do? Perhaps not a lot directly, as the city doesn’t appear to own much land in this area. But taking a cue from the the new Lifestyle Communities development in RiverSouth, perhaps a developer can be incentivized to build a more concentrated cluster of affordable housing options aimed at students and young professionals who attend college in this area. A mixed-use development could provide ground floor retail that is practically non-existent in this part of Downtown. I have to imagine that the largest community college in the state is capable of supporting at least one off-campus coffee shop or one fast casual dining option, let alone several.

 

The City of Columbus can also incentivize development through streetscaping improvements. Currently, Spring Street serves as a one-way five-lane expressway running between the campus and its southern parking lots. A two-way configuration could help to make this stretch more pedestrian-friendly and help incentivize development on privately-owned property near the corner of Cleveland and Spring where CSCC and CCAD meet.

 

Of course, all of this is much easier said than done. It’s a topic that has been talked about several times here before, and the solutions are much more complex than the simplistic measure we sometimes discuss. But until some sort of plan is laid out and actions are taken, we’re going to have to continue to sit on one what is arguably the largest untapped resource in the Downtown area and watch as these students mimic their downtown workforce counterparts and continue to commute into the area with a single purpose and spend as little time as possible in the area while here.

 

<A href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-is-home-to-ohios-largest-comm-college">READ MORE</a>

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Columbus State freezes fall tuition

Business First of Columbus

 

Columbus State Community College trustees have agreed to freeze tuition for the school’s fall quarter despite a statewide thaw on the measure, but what students pay in the following quarters will be decided later this year.  The two-year college said students will continue to pay $79 a credit hour for fall quarter classes.  Trustees plan to take up the question of tuition rates for the winter and spring quarters in September, the school said.  The decision comes after Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland lifted a two-year-long tuition freeze for state schools amid a $170 million cut in higher education funding in Ohio’s recently adopted $50.5 billion two-year budget. 

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Columbus State plans Delaware County campus

College expects Delaware to draw at least 2,000 students in year one

Thursday,  September 17, 2009

By Encarnacion Pyle

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Columbus State Community College hopes to attract between 2,000 and 2,600 students over the course of the first school year at the new Delaware County campus, which opens in fall 2010.  Columbus State is already Ohio's largest two-year college, with more than 24,000 students last school year.  More than 29,000 students have signed up for fall quarter, although the numbers could change before classes start on Wednesday.  While it will be the college's first free-standing campus outside of Downtown, it will be considered part of "one Columbus State," President Valeriana Moeller said.  "We'll have one college with two campuses that share one vision, one mission and one team of employees."

 

Full story: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/09/17/Delaware_campus.ART_ART_09-17-09_B1_FHF3O11.html?sid=101

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Columbus State to new campus: Let’s be independent together

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

 

Two campuses, one college.  With a second campus scheduled to open next fall in Delaware, Columbus State Community College President Val Moeller wants to avoid needless administrative duplication while the new location responds to local academic needs.  Although Columbus State has suburban classroom sites administered centrally, Delaware will be its first full campus where students can register, see academic counselors and have access to a library.  Evening, weekend and accelerated courses will serve working students.

 

Columbus State will use video conferencing, document imaging and other technology to connect the two campuses.  A student that begins enrollment in one location can finish at the other without waiting for the transfer of paper documents.  Delaware faculty can participate remotely in Columbus academic department meetings via video link.  Columbus staff will fill in for vacations, leaves of absence and emergencies.

 

Full story: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/09/21/story11.html

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Columbus State breaks new enrollment record

Business First of Columbus

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 9:27am EDT

 

Columbus State Community College President Val Moeller was right when she projected earlier this month the school might see enrollment exceed 27,000 for fall quarter.  First-day figures show enrollment topped that expectation – and kept climbing toward 29,000.  The school said that as of Wednesday, enrollment stood at 28,874, up 17 percent from 24,615 on the first day of fall quarter last year. 

 

That total includes the main downtown campus, 10 learning centers and online distance learning enrollment, the school said.  The final student count won’t be determined until Oct. 7, but the preliminary numbers represent the fourth consecutive record-breaking quarter of enrollment at Columbus State.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/09/21/daily19.html

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Enrollment jump means jobs for Columbus State

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

Friday, November 13, 2009

 

Record enrollment is spurring job creation at Columbus State Community College.  Trustees are to vote Nov. 19 on a proposal to hire 15 full-time faculty and five administrators.  President Val Moeller said in an October state-of-the-college address she intends to seek making the hires permanent for the next budget starting in July, and soon request an additional 10 faculty hires for the school’s Delaware campus scheduled to open next fall.  The 25 hires would be the biggest one-time faculty increase in school history, she said.  The school has about 280 full-time faculty, meaning the new hires will be about a 9 percent increase.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/11/09/daily30.html?surround=lfn

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Columbus State prez gets building name honors

Business First of Columbus

Friday, November 20, 2009

 

Columbus State Community College is honoring its retiring president by putting her name on a building at its in-the-works Delaware County campus.  Trustees on Thursday evening voted to name a $25 million building on the campus Moeller Hall.  President Val Moeller is set to retire next year after 14 years leading the community college. 

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/11/16/daily39.html

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Franklin to share classroom space with bursting Columbus State

Business First of Columbus

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

 

Columbus State Community College is turning to private Franklin University to ease the squeeze on its bursting classrooms.  The two-year public school had record enrollment of 28,300 for fall quarter, a 16 percent increase from last fall.  Columbus State said in a release it’s on track for a record winter quarter as well.

 

Just over a half-mile south, four-year Franklin has its own record enrollment of 7,900, but its target audience of working adults seeking a career switch or advancement take mainly evening classes.  Starting in January, 42 sections of Columbus State classes in high demand will be taught at Franklin’s downtown campus on weekday mornings and afternoons, when Columbus State is busiest and Franklin relatively quiet, the schools said in a joint news release.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/11/23/daily21.html

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Columbus State could top 30,000 students

 

Looks like winter quarter at Columbus State Community College could be another whopper of a class.  As of Sunday, 29,035 students have enrolled for winter classes starting Jan. 4.  That's 4,265 more students -- a 17 percent increase -- over the same date a year ago.  And in keeping with the last year, it appears as though the winter class will be larger than fall's -- continuing an unprecedented growth spurt at the Downtown campus.  The official count for fall was 28,309 students.

 

Columbus State isn't sweating the early projections of another record class because it will be offering 42 different sections of its most popular classes at Franklin University.  Columbus State turned to Franklin University, which is less than a mile away, two months ago to help ease overcrowding.

 

Full story at http://blog.dispatch.com/edblog/2009/12/col_state_could_top_30000_students.shtml

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I always forget about the first day of classes at CSCC, and Spring & Long streets are my primary roads in and out of Downtown. Quite a bit of traffic & congestion in that area during that first week. Which isn't a bad thing. ;) The area could use quite a bit more in terms of cars, busses, pedestrians, and other types of after-school activity.

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Columbus State again ends year with surplus

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

Friday, January 22, 2010

 

Conservative budgeting and investing, combined with galloping enrollment, again has Columbus State Community College trustees deciding how to allocate a year-end surplus.  Trustees on Jan. 21 were to discuss recommendations for dividing $11.6 million left in the general fund from the year ended June 30, with a vote set for next week.  The administration recommended socking away about a third of the money in case of state budget cuts and using the rest to accommodate the record student body.

 

Allocations are likely to include building improvements, technology and subsidies for the first three years of operations for the school’s Delaware campus set to open this fall.  Columbus State’s $10 million surplus the prior year also shored up the budget stabilization fund and set aside money for the Delaware campus.

 

Columbus State last year became the largest of the state’s public two-year schools when enrollment topped 24,000.  Even though it vaulted again to 28,300 students this fall, the school ceded the top spot to the three-campus Cuyahoga Community College, where enrollment topped 30,000.

 

Full article at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/01/25/story12.html

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Columbus State divvies up surplus

Friday,  January 29, 2010 - 2:54 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

 

With an $11.6 million surplus from a good year, Columbus State Community College trustees began dividing the money among the school's priorities last night.  The bulk of the money will go into a rainy-day fund for emergencies, to keep tuition low and to support the new Delaware County campus, which will hold its first classes this fall.

 

Columbus State ended fiscal 2009 with a surplus because of mushrooming enrollment, lower-than-budgeted spending and good returns on investments, officials said.  Here's where the surplus money will go:

 

• $4 million will be set aside for the rainy-day fund

• $3 million will be set aside for the new Delaware County campus

• $2.75 million will go to capital improvements and land acquisition

• $1.6 million is for bolstering a fund for technology

• $250,000 will be used for performance-based compensation to attract or retain strong employees

 

Full article at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/01/29/ColumbusState_income.ART_ART_01-29-10_B5_S6GEJN0.html?sid=101

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Columbus State has two finalists for president

Wednesday,  February 24, 2010 - 12:58 PM

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Columbus State Community College has selected two Florida school leaders as finalists to replace President Valeriana Moeller, who will retire at the end of June.  They are David T. Harrison, vice provost for regional campuses at the University of Central Florida, and B. Kaye Walter, chief learning officer and executive vice president for academic affairs at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida.

 

Columbus State trustees will make a final selection in the coming weeks.  A national search was launched last year when Moeller announced she would retire after leading the college for 14 years.

 

Columbus State serves more than 28,000 students on its Downtown campus, 10 suburban classrooms and through its online courses.  A new Delaware County campus will open this fall.

 

Full article at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/02/24/columbus-state-two-finalists-for-president.html?sid=101

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Columbus State picks new president

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 4:32 PM

By Charlie Boss

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Columbus State Community College has tapped a leader with Ohio ties as its next president.  David T. Harrison, who oversees 11 University of Central Florida campuses in seven counties as vice provost, will take over a growing community college that is preparing to open a Delaware County campus.

 

Columbus State serves more than 28,000 students through its Downtown campus, 10 suburban classrooms and online courses.  Central Florida enrolls more than 53,000 students.

 

Harrison worked at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University.  He also has a master's of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/11/Columbus-State-names-new-president.html?sid=101

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Columbus State may hold line on tuition again

Students have paid same rate since 2006-07

Friday,  March 19, 2010 - 2:52 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Columbus State Community College students likely can count on tuition being frozen for a fourth year in a row, thanks to the school's financial health.

 

Columbus State trustees voiced their support yesterday for a proposal to keep tuition at $79 a credit hour for the 2010-11 school year.  They are expected to vote on the plan at their March 25 meeting.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/19/columbus-state-may-hold-line-on-tuitionagain.html?sid=101

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From Columbus Underground:

 

Columbus State has $944M Annual Economic Impact

 

A new study from Economic Modeling Specialist, Inc. reveals that Columbus State Community College now has an annual economic impact of nearly $1 Billion on the Central Ohio region.  That figure is up 28% from a 2007 study that showed the impact to be $737M.

 

Last year, CSCC was crowned with the distinction of being the largest Community College in the entire state, and over the past month Columbus residents have been asked to weigh in their opinion on how best to leverage CSCC and other Downtown educational institutions to help shape a new “Creative Campus” neighborhood over the course of the next decade.

 

Full study: http://www.cscc.edu/mediarelations/releases/2009/economicimpact.shtml

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New Delaware campus opening next month as Columbus State’s enrollment swells

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 2:52 AM

By Encarnacion Pyle, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Columbus State Community College is about to open its new Delaware County campus after more than eight years of planning and anticipation.  The timing couldn't be more perfect.  For the past two years, Columbus State has struggled with unprecedented growth.  Last school year, about 4,300 more students enrolled.  That pushed enrollment to more than 28,000.  Campus officials hope to draw about 900 students to the new campus when classes begin Sept. 22.

 

It will be the college's first free-standing campus outside Downtown, but the Delaware County site will feature most of the same services as the Downtown campus.  The Delaware County campus will open July 7 so the public can learn about it.  Registration will begin July 26.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/21/just-in-time.html?sid=101

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Delaware campus off to ‘robust’ start

Columbus State satellite has 859 students for fall

Sunday, September 19, 2010

By Encarnacion Pyle

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

With classes just three days away, Columbus State Community College is poised to welcome nearly 900 students to its new Delaware County campus — and nearly half are new to the school.  As of Friday, 859 students had signed up for at least one class at the campus, which is at the northwest corner of Rt. 23 and Greif Parkway — 7½ miles north of the Franklin County line.  And more than 31,700 students had registered at all of its campuses, including Delaware — a 7.8 percent increase over last year at the same time.

 

The Delaware County enrollment figure is in line with the school’s goal of attracting 800 to 900 students.  Going in, Columbus State had hoped to tap into recent graduates from Olentangy and other nearby school districts, as well as working adults from the area who had never been to college or wanted to expand their training.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/09/19/delaware-campus-off-to-robust-start.html

 

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Columbus State enrollment on track to break 30,000

Business First of Columbus

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 11:47am EDT

 

First-day enrollment figures at Columbus State Community College show the school is poised to break the 30,000-student mark, a record high helped by the opening of its Delaware campus.  Enrollment at Columbus State’s main campus and newly opened Delaware campus hit 30,955 Wednesday, a figure that includes 835 students at the satellite campus.

 

Final fall enrollment figures won’t be determined for another two weeks and the tally could vary by hundreds of students.  Wednesday’s first-day figures are 7 percent ahead of last year’s first-day head count and 26 percent ahead of 2008.

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/09/20/daily19.html?surround=lfn

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Ohio State making it easier for Columbus State grads to enroll

Business First - by Matt Burns

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 12:47pm EDT

 

Ohio State University is opening its doors wider to students at Columbus State Community College with a new pact that will guarantee admission to those on track for a bachelor’s degree in certain majors.

 

Ohio State President Gordon Gee and Columbus State President David Harrison are set to announce the Preferred Pathway program later Tuesday.  It locks in access to Ohio State for students at two-year Columbus State.  While the agreement assures an easy transition, it isn’t a carte blanche admission. Columbus State students must meet grade-point average and other requirements to make it into specific OSU colleges.

 

READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2011/04/05/ohio-state-making-it-easier-for.html

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Columbus State grads guaranteed chance to finish 4-year degrees at OSU

Preferred Pathway Program further links two schools

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

By Charlie Boss

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Students entering Columbus State Community College this fall can take their first steps toward a bachelor's degree at Ohio State University as part of a new joint initiative that officials announced yesterday.  Under the Preferred Pathway Program, Columbus State students who complete a two-year associate's degree there will be guaranteed admission to Ohio State to earn their bachelor's.

 

GRAPHIC COMPARING COLUMBUS STATE ENROLLMENT WITH OSU'S COLUMBUS CAMPUS

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/04/06/campus-partners.html?sid=101

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Columbus State’s Delaware campus popular with OSU students, especially the price tag

By Charlie Boss, The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 10:30 AM

 

Columbus State Community College’s Delaware County campus begins its second year on Wednesday with more students, more courses and a new partner that can give students a jump-start to their bachelor’s degrees.  “Our hope is, students persist with us and other students see what’s happening and want to come here,” said Pat Fabrisi, the campus’s assistant director.

 

Enrollment numbers indicate the school is on the right course.  As of Thursday, more than 1,331 students had signed up for at least one course — almost double last year’s figure.

 

Joining them on the campus are 582 students from Ohio State University’s Marion branch, which has linked offices with Columbus State to serve students in Delaware and northern Franklin counties.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/18/a-collegial-partnership.html

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Report from Business First on a six-story addition to Union Hall at the Columbus State Community College's downtown campus.  Apparently this project has been in the works over the past year.  They received city approval and are just starting to bid out the project - which was the focus of the Business First article.  Here is an excerpt from that article related to the construction project.

 

New construction rules too late for Columbus State building

By Carrie Ghose, Business First

Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:00am EDT

 

Columbus State Community College was to start seeking bids Sept. 29 for a six-story addition to Union Hall, said Paul Goggin, director of facilities services.  With trustee approval, construction could start in November and take about a year.  The addition is just the beginning of a multiyear revamping of the building, which houses classes for nursing, other health professions and child development.

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The 18,000-square-foot new wing, covering the current loading dock and some walkways, will then be swing space as the old building is cleared out floor by floor to gut and redesign the 1975 structure.  The top two floors of renovation are included in the first construction contract and the bottom four floors will be bid later, Goggin said.  After that’s done, the addition will be extra classrooms, laboratories and a student lounge.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2011/09/30/streamlined-construction-rules-too.html

 


Business First originally reported on the project in September, 2010:

 

Columbus State OKs $15M Union Hall renovation

Business First

Date: Friday, September 24, 2010, 11:02am EDT

 

Columbus State Community College on Thursday approved a $15.2 million budget for rebuilding and expanding an academic building for health and child development programs on the downtown campus.

 

Trustees approved releasing $8.7 million on top of $6.5 million set aside in 2002 to renovate the 100,000-square-foot Union Hall and build a 17,600-square-foot addition.  The expansion will be used as swing space while the rest of the 1975 building is gutted floor by floor.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/09/20/daily36.html

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Columbus State also announced the six-story addition to Union Hall in September 2010.  They also included a rendering of the project on their website.  From Columbus State Update - September 27, 2010:

 

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Here is a view of Union Hall from Columbus State:

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That view shows the campus side of Union Hall.  The six-story addition looks like it will be built on the opposite side of the building - facing I-670.  Here are two campus maps that show Union Hall in context with the rest of the downtown campus:

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This building's '70s interior sure made me think of people smoking joints and listening to the Black Sabbath album Sabotage while working on projects when I'd pick up my buddies from class there in the late '90s.  Shame to see it gutted. Stuff gets remodeled a lot in Columbus, so even most '90s stuff is gone.

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