The Ohio Board of Regents approved a permanent charter Thursday for Owens Community College, which has been operating under a provisional charter since its transition from a technical to a community college.
"This is the final step in evolving from a technical college to a community college, which is a process that started in 1994," explained Dr. Paul V. Unger, Owens Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs. "I believe the Owens faculty, staff and administration has made great strides in embracing and accomplishing the goal of offering a high quality, affordable technical and transfer-based college education to the community."
As a comprehensive community college, Owens offers students the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to area four-year universities, as well as technical programs that the College has specialized in for the past 36 years.
Dr. Unger presented a study to the Regents describing how Owens has fulfilled its mission as a community college, as demonstrated through: its large jump in enrollment; increased minority enrollment; expanded student services, especially for disabled students; and construction of many new campus facilities, including the new Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Math/Science Center and Student Health & Activities Center.
"The Regents' approval of our permanent charter validates all of the progress we are making at Owens Community College in serving the higher education needs of our community," Dr. Unger said.
In other business Thursday, the Ohio Board of Regents granted its approval for Owens to offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surveying Technology.
The Regents also extended the reciprocity agreement for one year that Owens has established with Monroe County Community College that allows Monroe County residents to pay in-state tuition at Owens when enrolled in programs not offered by MCCC.
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