(Lancaster) – Ohio University- Lancaster will offer club sports as an option for students interested in pursuing athletics for the 2022-23 academic year. Although the campus has hosted a sports program since 1968, earning numerous awards and titles over years, this is the first time they have been offered since the beginning of the pandemic.
“OHIO Lancaster is excited to provide this opportunity for students to continue their athletic careers,” Jarrod Tudor, dean of campus and community relations, said. “This is just one more way for students to develop lifelong skills and friendships at a regional campus.”
Ohio University-Chillicothe dropped their club sports programs as the pandemic started, but has yet to return them.
A wide variety of options will be offered in this special one-year return to sports offerings, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, softball, and women’s volleyball. The campus will play teams from Ohio and surrounding states. Participation in club sports is open to students who are enrolled in at least seven hours of credit and meet academic eligibility criteria.
The 2022-2023 pilot sports program was made possible through the generous donations of area business and private donors, including Mid West Fabricating Co., the U.S. Army, Fairfield Federal Bank and Park National Bank. Over $65,000 was raised to ensure that students would have the opportunity to pursue their athletic goals. While this is an important step in the right direction, the sports program will require sufficient fundraising efforts to remain active in future seasons.
Other teams interested in competing against OHIO Lancaster sports teams, or organizations and individuals interested in sponsoring club sports or donating should contact Jarrod Tudor at email@example.com. For student inquiries about sports programs or admission to OHIO Lancaster, contact Shari Ayers, director of student services, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit ohio.edu/lancaster/sports.
(Athens) – This month, Ohio University is launching a process to invest in high-demand degrees that meet market needs in communities served by its regional campuses in Chillicothe, Lancaster, Ironton, St. Clairsville and Zanesville. The commitment to new degree offerings is part of a multi-prong investment across the University’s regional commuter campuses, all focused on increasing degree attainment to meet workforce demand across the region in fields such as health care, education and business leadership.
“One of Ohio University’s greatest strengths is our deep commitment to meeting needs across the regions we serve, especially in rural and Appalachian Ohio, and our Regional Higher Education campuses are a big part of that,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “The needs of the communities we serve are ever changing, and we need to keep pace with and be responsive to those demands.”
Sherman said part of that response is doubling down on the University’s commitment to affordability through its regional campuses. This spring, the University launched its OHIO Regional Promise Award, which ensures incoming freshmen who earned a 3.0 high school GPA and are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant can attend OHIO for free on a four-year renewable regional campus scholarship. Plus, students who successfully complete one year at a regional campus can qualify for a renewable $5,000 scholarship to transfer and complete their degree in Athens. The University is now working to expand high school partnerships to offer more College Credit Plus courses, which can lower the total cost of a degree for families.
At the same time the University has launched new programming at regional campuses. This spring OHIO began accepting applications for its accredited Bachelor of Science in Business, now offered at each of its five regional campuses in a convenient hybrid format. In March, OHIO announced the expansion of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing to the Lancaster campus, making the degree now available on all campuses.
The University is now investing in additional market research to further identify degrees needed in each market. As OHIO works to identify and build new programs, it will phase out a small number of degree programs with historically low interest from students. Students enrolled in programs identified for phase out will continue to have access to courses needed to complete their degree.
“Our regional campuses have always been innovative in programming,” Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said. “What’s different now is that we’re thinking more broadly across the system, and we have invested in market research tools to help us validate assumptions about what prospective students and employers in each of our communities need.”
This fall, class times will be aligned on Tuesdays and Thursday on the Athens and regional campuses. Sayrs said this system-wide approach allows the University to meet student demand more efficiently. The new process will allow students access to more course options – including online, hybrid and face-to-face options, delivered on and through multiple campus locations.
Course alignment also will assist as the University works across the regional system to build “meta major” pathways for students to complete general coursework in fields such as pre-biology, pre-STEM, or pre-social sciences with clear pathways into a wide variety of bachelor’s degree programs at a variety of campuses, including OHIO’s Athens campus. These new meta majors will be available to incoming students beginning in Fall 2023.
At a virtual open forum on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, President Sherman and Provost Sayrs shared additional details with RHE faculty and staff. Follow-up meetings will be held on each campus in August for campus-specific questions and discussion.
“As we make changes to schedules and enhance our academic offerings, we will do it in a way that is responsive to our students and our state,” Sherman said. “I’m excited about seeing the impact these changes will have on our work to educate more students, to make a degree more affordable for families, and to fuel economic progress in the regions we serve.”
(ATHENS) – Ohio University is launching a scholarship program for Pell-eligible first-year students with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA to cover the remaining cost of tuition and mandatory fees to earn a degree at one of OHIO’s five regional campuses, OHIO President Hugh Sherman announced today.
Those students will also be eligible for a guaranteed One OHIO scholarship should they choose to finish their degree by relocating to the Athens campus.
Application fees for regional campus locations will be waived through May 15, 2022.
“Ohio University is committed to making the college experience more accessible in every regional campus community we serve through the new OHIO Regional Promise program,” Sherman said. “This new program provides greater access to help our region’s students and families meet their educational goals without incurring unnecessary debt.”
The OHIO Regional Promise for Fall 2022 is an automatic four-year renewable scholarship program that will cover up to the full cost of regional campus tuition and mandatory fees for full-time, Pell-eligible students with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0.
In addition, students at the regional campuses will be eligible for the One OHIO Scholarship if they choose to relocate to the Athens campus.
The One OHIO Scholarship is an optional, $5,000 renewable scholarship that would replace the OHIO Regional Promise Award for eligible students who begin on a regional campus and, after at least one successful year of study, wish to relocate to Athens to complete their degree. Either scholarship requires continued consecutive enrollment at Ohio University, excluding summers.
“We want to ensure that all families in our region, including those who qualify for any level of Pell grant, know that an OHIO education is within their reach,” Executive Dean for Regional Higher Education and Southern Campus Dean Nicole Pennington said. “This award program creates an opportunity for more students to pursue their education close to home, whether completing their degree at a regional campus or getting a strong start toward completing a degree on the Athens campus.”
Ohio University, already among the best values in the state for higher education, offers a high-quality education in Athens and at the Chillicothe, Lancaster, Zanesville, Southern and Eastern campuses, as well as centers in Dublin and Cleveland. OHIO, which recently achieved Carnegie R1 (very high research activity) Classification, offers degrees from associate’s to doctoral degrees across more than 250 programs.
To be eligible for the OHIO Regional Promise for Fall 2022, students must apply to one of the regional campuses and submit 2022-23 FAFSA results to OHIO by May 15. For more information, visit ohio.edu/ohio-regional-promise.
(Athens) — Ohio University President Hugh Sherman will visit the University’s regional campuses during the fall semester to engage with the campuses and local communities.
President Sherman will be visiting the Chillicothe campus Friday, October 15 in a tour of the Ross County Outreach and Recovery Center tour from 3pm to 4pm.
President Sherman will be at the OHIO Lancaster Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 19. He will tour the Fairfield County Workforce Center, at 4465 Coonpath Road NW in Carroll, and will also meet with invited community members, students, faculty and staff throughout the day.