Six public colleges and universities in northwest Ohio entered into a compact reaffirming their commitment to working collectively and collaboratively to educate residents in northwest Ohio on March 20.
Bowling Green State University, Northwest State Community College, Owens State Community College, Rhodes State Community College, Terra State Community College and the University of Toledo will comprise the Northwest Region Higher Education Compact.
“This signing marks the first step in what will be an ongoing process for our schools in the northwest region,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “I look forward to seeing the future results of this partnership as these colleges and universities continue to strive to make a quality education more affordable for all students, and keep us tracking toward our statewide attainment goal.”
This compact will allow the institutions to expand their capabilities by facilitating coordinated and efficient academic, financial, and administrative operations. The model is expected to allow better outcomes for direct from high school, adult, and workforce development student populations. This includes creating pathways from the K-12 system to higher education that will lower the overall cost of higher education in the northwest Ohio region, while providing high-quality educational offerings.
This partnership also will support Ohio’s degree attainment goal. By 2025, it is estimated that 65 percent of Ohio’s workforce will need a postsecondary degree to meet employer demands. That will require 1.7 million more degree-holders, however, at current graduation rates, this goal will not be met. This partnership will support several of the state’s attainment goals priorities, including identifying, validating and counting all levels of credentials; educating more adults; acting in local communities; and rethinking systems.
As a result of this partnership, students are likely to see enhanced career counseling, internship and co-op, and academic opportunities. The sharing of resources also is expected to improve and expand the capacity and capability for research and development.
Member institutions are already working together on several initiatives to meet these goals and services, including dual admissions programs, data sharing with K-12 systems and back-end administrative efficiencies.
The partnership will kick off immediately with three working sessions being held at member institutions March 22.
What the presidents are saying:
“For nearly 50 years, it has been our privilege at Northwest State to help students of all ages achieve their education and career goals, whether it’s a single class, a short-term certificate, or an associate degree. For all of our students who continue their education after NSCC, our transfer options help make that process as effortless as possible. We are pleased to be an active partner-member of the Northwest Region Higher Education Compact, and to making continued education pathways easily accessible.”
– Thomas Stuckey, Ph.D., president, Northwest State Community College
“Public higher education changes lives. Bowling Green State University is pleased to expand and build upon its collaborations with our peers in northwest Ohio. Together, we’re working for the public good by preparing tomorrow’s workforce, driving economic development, enhancing the health of our communities, enriching our region through the arts, and tackling real-world problems with our research.”
– Rodney Rogers, Ph.D., president, Bowling Green State University
“The University of Toledo is pleased to be a part of this regional compact. This builds upon the already strong spirit of collaboration among our institutions. As such, we were able to make excellent progress in a short time to become the first region in the state to finalize our consortium. Northwest Ohio institutions want to work together to highlight the affordability and efficiency of our colleges and universities. I look forward to the progress we will make working together to build a strong future for Ohio.”
– Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D., president, the University of Toledo
“Owens is proud of its strong working relationships with higher education partners in Northwest Ohio. This compact formalizes many existing partnerships, including our groundbreaking FalconExpress and RocketExpress dual admission programs with BGSU and University of Toledo. As a group of strong partners, this compact will help to facilitate our continued service to students, families, and businesses in the region.”
– Steve Robinson, Ph.D., interim president, Owens Community College
“Terra State is pleased to join our higher education partners in northwest Ohio in establishing this regional compact. This compact will allow all of us to enhance the services we provide to the citizens of this great state in a more efficient and effective manner. At Terra State, we create futures. We are a smart choice for people to better themselves through education and experiences. We are dedicated to making sure our region stays relevant as our communities change and grow. Our participation in the Northwest Region Higher Education Compact is just one way we are showing this dedication.”
– Jerome Webster, Ph.D., president, Terra State Community College