FridayMarch 23, 2018

CState bachelor's degree proposals approved by Ohio Dept of Higher Ed

Cincinnati State's proposals to offer bachelor's degree programs in Land Surveying and in Culinary & Food Science gained approval this week from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

(Click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer article about the new degrees.)

(Click to read the letter approving the Culinary & Food Science degree.)

(Click to read the letter approving the Land Surveying degree.)

CState was one of three Ohio community colleges authorized to offer bachelor's degrees.

The ODHE also authorized two bachelor's programs at Sinclair Community College (Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot and Unmanned Aerial Systems) and one at Lorain County Community College (Microelectronic Manufacturing).

However, approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is required before the new Bachelor of Applied Science programs can be offered. The HLC approval process could take as long as 18 to 24 months.

President Posey said earlier this year that 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.

Proposals for bachelor's degrees from Cuyahoga Community College, North Central State College, and Clark State Community College were deferred, along with a third degree proposal from Sinclair.

Colleges with deferred programs were asked to submit additional information, including whether the programs duplicate other offerings and whether the workforce needs associated with the new bachelor's programs could be met by existing programs.

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

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

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

The budget bill approved in 2017 allows community colleges to propose bachelor's degree programs that meet specific workforce needs, include a large amount of hands-on learning, and are not offered already at nearby colleges and universities.

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

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 hearings in January 2018.

Cincinnati State and Sinclair Community College 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.

Common Time on Mar. 26: President Posey provides College Update

During Common Time on Monday, Mar. 26, President Monica Posey will provide updates on several topics, including:

  • Enrollment goals for Summer and Fall
  • College finances
  • Feedback from the Higher Learning Commission in response to our accreditation Systems Portfolio
  • Capital projects
  • Organizational structure
  • New initiatives
  • Plans for the 2018 ArtsWave Campaign

Common Time is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Main Building Conference Center (Clifton Campus). All College employees are welcome to attend.

If you can't attend in person, the session will be available live via streaming video at

Community open house & BOT meeting at WDC on Mar. 27

On Tuesday, Mar. 27, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., the Evendale (Workforce Development Center) Campus will host a "meet and greet" and campus tour for guests from the area.

Dr. Posey invites all College employees to attend the event and assist in building stronger connections between the College and the Evendale-area community.

The March meeting of the College Board of Trustees will begin at 3:45 p.m., and will include a special presentation about the Workforce Development Center

The Evendale Campus location is 10100 Reading Road, Evendale, OH, 45241. Parking is available on campus.

If you plan to attend the meet and greet, please RSVP by March 26 to Theresa Johnson at (513) 569-1602 or

New Fitness classes begin Mar. 26

The Fitness Center on Clifton Campus (lower level of Main Building) is now offering expanded evening hours. In addition, two new fitness classes begin next week.

The Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Surge Circuit Class begins March 26. Class meets on Monday and Wednesday from 5:15 to 6 p.m., in the Fitness Center.
    The class will feature cardio and strengthening activities, and is open to all fitness levels.
  • Surge Rhythm Revolution Class begins March 27. Class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15 to 6 p.m., in the Fitness Center.
    The class will feature cardio, strength, and speed work, and is open to all fitness levels.

Classes are taught by Troy Baker, an ACSM Personal Trainer and Certified Spin Instructor.

Geoff Woolf appointed to Board of Conflict Transformation Institute

Geoffrey Woolf, Dean of Humanities & Sciences, has been appointed to the Board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.

The Institute, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999, is the nation’s premier center of expertise on transformative mediation. The administrative offices of the organization are in Dayton, Ohio.

Transformative mediation is an approach to conflict intervention that "places the principles of empowerment and recognition at the core of helping people in conflict change how they interact with each other."

The Institute's mission is to study and promote understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework through research, publications, education and training programs, and services for the conflict resolution field and the public generally.

The Institute seeks to influence responses to diversity and differences in a way that can transform conflict from a negative, destructive, and sometimes violent event to a positive and constructive experience.

Geoff has a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, with a concentration in Organizational and Educational Conflict, from Creighton University School of Law (Omaha, Nebraska).

He has been the instructor for courses at Creighton in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Foundations, and serves as a mediator and trainer for the Dayton (Ohio) Mediation Center.

Geoff said, "As an Institute Board member, I’ll have the opportunity to work closely with the inventors of transformative mediation, Joseph Folger and Baruch Bush. I also hope to bring some of the services of the Institute to the College."

Network outage at Middletown Campus this morning

The College's network for the Middletown Campus will be inaccessible this morning, Mar. 23, while Cincinnati Bell is performing maintenance to network equipment.

The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and could last up to 3 hours.

Services inaccessible at Middletown during the maintenance period include internet, Colleague, Blackboard, and NAS directories (files stored on the network).

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