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Owens Community College and Franklin University Form Partnership to Offer Bachelor's Degree On-line

Busy students who want to schedule college classes around their job, family and other activities now have more options for earning a bachelor's degree through a unique partnership formed between Owens Community College and Franklin University.

Continuing to meet the educational needs of area residents, Owens Community College President Christa Adams, Ph.D., and Franklin University President Paul Otte have signed an agreement allowing students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree by combining on-campus courses at Owens with on-line courses at Franklin.

"The development of this partnership demonstrates the commitment our institutions have to serving the ever-increasing educational needs of our students and our communities," President Adams said. "These types of agreements are critical to providing area residents with access to quality higher education."

Owens is working closely with Franklin University in preparation of offering the completion program to students beginning this summer. Bachelor's degree options available to Owens students include: Applied Management, Business Administration, Digital Communication, Computer Science, Health Care Management, Management Information Sciences and Public Safety Management.

Owens students will take core courses at the College, earning an associate degree or equivalent, and then a selected number of "bridge" courses that are designed to prepare them for the upper level on-line classes taken from Franklin University.

Each student is then connected with professors and classmates by computer. Assignments are posted by e-mail, along with scheduled chat sessions and bulletin board discussions where the class reviews the study topics. When all classes are complete, the student is awarded a bachelor's degree from Franklin University.

"The partnership allows students to build upon their positive community college experiences and attain a bachelor's degree without leaving the community," said Franklin University President Paul Otte. "I'm excited by the chance to work with Owens Community College."

In addition, students also will have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time and can access both Owens Community College and Franklin University resources, including academic advising, help desks and library systems.

Franklin University serves more than 8,000 students annually through its on-campus programs in Columbus, Ohio and the Community College Alliance. More than 170 community colleges in 27 states and Canada have teamed with the University to serve students. In addition to offering 14 undergraduate degree programs, the 100-year-old university now has four master's degree programs, including an MBA now offered in an on-line format. In 1999, Franklin was named as one of 15 education organizations nationwide for a U.S. Department of Education pilot project, which ensures that federal financial aid is available to students pursuing college degrees through distance learning.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

For more information, contact Owens Community College at (567) 661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7777, or call Franklin University at 1-888-341-6237.

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