WednesdayJanuary 31, 2018

CState bachelor's degree proposals take steps toward approval

Cincinnati State's proposals to offer bachelor's degree programs in Land Surveying and Culinary & Food Science received no objections during public hearings facilitated by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) in Columbus on Jan. 22, 2018.

President Monica Posey and Provost Robbin Hoopes attended the hearings along with deans, faculty members, and industry representatives.

Dean Doug Bowling (Center for Innovative Technologies) said the proposal for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Land Surveying was presented by faculty member Carol Morman, Program Chair for Civil Engineering Technologies. (Photo above.)

Ten other speakers, representing the Ohio Professional Land Surveying Society and surveying industry professionals, offered support for the proposed bachelor's degree.

Dean Linda Schaffeld (Business Technologies) presented the proposal for a Culinary & Food Science bachelor's degree. (Photo below.)

Other speakers included Grace Yek, a Cincinnati chef and culinary writer who served as an adjunct faculty member in Cincinnati State's Culinary programs and a faculty member in the University of Cincinnati's Culinology degree program. Several other culinary industry representatives also spoke in support of Cincinnati State's proposal.

According to Dean Schaffeld, staff members from ODHE said more information might be requested from the colleges submitting proposals before the new bachelor's degree programs receive final approval from the State.

In addition, the Higher Learning Commission (Cincinnati State's regional accrediting agency) must grant approval before the bachelor's degree programs can be offered.

President Posey said Cincinnati State is prepared to offer the Land Surveying bachelor's degree starting in Fall 2018 if all needed approvals are received. The Culinary & Food Science bachelor's degree would not begin until Fall 2019 at the earliest.

Ohio opened the door to community college bachelor's degrees in 2017

Bachelor's degree programs at Ohio community colleges became a possibility when Gov. John Kasich approved the state budget in June 2017.

Although Gov. Kasich had previously expressed support for bachelor's degree programs at community colleges, opposition from four-year schools hindered progress.

The law that passed in 2017 allows community colleges to propose bachelor's degree programs that meet unique workforce needs and are not offered at four-year schools in the region.

Ohio is the 24th state to allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees.

Each proposal for a bachelor's degree offering at an Ohio community college must go through several approval steps.

Initially, 16 bachelor's degree program proposals from Ohio community colleges were submitted to ODHE. Nine proposals, from six different community colleges, were moved forward to the January hearings.

Cincinnati State and Sinclair Community College (in Dayton, Ohio) were the only colleges that presented more than one bachelor's degree proposal.

More information about the bachelor's degree proposals from Cincinnati State and other colleges is available on the ODHE website, where you can view details of each proposal along with statements of support.

Surge soccer players earn Academic All-Conference honors

Several Cincinnati State Surge athletes were recognized by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) for earning Fall Semester 2017 "Academic All-Conference" honors.

To qualify, the student-athlete had to achieve a 3.30 GPA or higher while completing at least 12 credit hours.

Cincinnati State Women's Soccer players who received honors are:

  • Tori Essen
  • Brittany Greubel (4.0 GPA)
  • Kelsea Joseph
  • Keri Siebert (4.0 GPA)
  • Claire Smaka
  • Aleaha Yarletts

Cincinnati State Men's Soccer players who received honors are:

  • Kyle Brown
  • Joe Muldoon (4.0 GPA)

Budget Review Presentations for FY19 begin Feb. 1

The Budget Advisory Team will begin hosting Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Review Presentations by College divisions and departments on Thursday, Feb. 1.

On Feb. 1, Library Director Cindy Sefton will present the Library's budget. The session is from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the Main Building Conference Center (Clifton Campus).

Presentations will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March.

Information from the Budget Review Presentations is used to develop plans for the budget year that begins July 1, 2018.

All presentations are open to all College employees to attend as your time permits.

If you have questions about the Budget Review Presentations, contact Budget Advisory Team Co-Chair Stani Kantcheva (

The preliminary schedule for all budget presentations is below. Updates will appear each week in Daily News.

  • Feb. 7 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Cincinnati West Airport - Will Berninger
  • Feb. 8 - 3 to 3:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Middletown Campus - Mimi Summers
  • Feb. 14 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Information Technology Services - Frankie Baker
  • Feb. 14 - 4:30 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Finance Dept - Chris Calvert
  • Feb. 15 - 3:30 to 4 p.m., ATLC Auditorium: Childcare Center - Shelley Bosko
  • Feb. 15 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., ATLC Auditorium: Human Resources Dept - Lawra Baumann
  • Feb. 21 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Facilities Dept - Mike Schweinfest
  • Feb. 21 - 4:30 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Development Dept - Elliott Ruther
  • Feb. 22 - 3 to 3:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Public Safety Dept - Mike Wylie
  • Feb. 22 - 3:30 to 4 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Enrollment & Student Development (ESD) Depts - Soni Hill
  • Feb. 22 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: ESD Depts continue - Soni Hill
  • Feb. 28 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: ESD Depts continue - Soni Hill
  • Feb. 28 - 4:30 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: ESD Depts continue - Soni Hill
  • Mar. 1 - 3 to 3:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Academic Affairs - Robbin Hoopes
  • Mar. 1 - 3:30 to 4 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: ESD Depts continue - Soni Hill
  • Mar. 1 - 4 to 4:30 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: ESD Depts continue - Soni Hill
  • Mar. 7 - 4 to 5 p.m., ATLC Auditorium: Business Technologies Division - Linda Schaffeld
  • Mar. 8 - 3 to 4 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Workforce Development Center - Amy Waldbillig
  • Mar. 8 - 4 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Center for Innovative Technologies - Doug Bowling
  • Mar. 14 - 4 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Health & Public Safety Division - Denise Rohr
  • Mar. 15 - 3 to 4 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Humanities & Sciences Division - Geoffrey Woolf
  • Mar. 15 - 4 to 5 p.m., Main Conf Ctr: Midwest Culinary Institute - Alan Neace
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