Coe and MacDonald Present to Co-Located Campus Task Force in Columbus

NEWARK, Ohio, September 29, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. and The Ohio State University at Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., made a presentation yesterday (September 27) to the Task Force for Creating Opportunities for Shared Governance for Co-located Campuses at the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus. The nine-member task force was created by the Ohio General Assembly to develop a shared governance model for Ohio's co-located campuses. Coe and MacDonald were asked to make a presentation to the task force about how the two institutions work together on their shared campus in Newark to create efficiencies.

"Before we get started, I do want to respectfully make sure that the task force understands that we are presenting how our shared services model works in Newark," said Coe. "We have long been the model in the state for how to effectively run a shared services co-located campus, not shared governance."

"The Ohio State University at Newark was founded in 1957 using borrowed spaces and opened its first building in the late 1960s. The community realized there was still a need for two-year degrees and worked to bring a technical college to our campus," said MacDonald. "From the beginning, our two institutions had a strong partnership and shared services because our community wanted us to be efficient."

Coe and MacDonald talked about how the institutions share facilities, departments and employees.  

"Our development department is one of the areas we share," said MacDonald. "In 2010, we launched a fundraising campaign together where we raised $21 million dollars in scholarships for students enrolled at both institutions."

The task force has been asked to examine how shared governance could work at Ohio's seven co-located campuses in administration, student services, maintenance, facility usage and other areas. The task force has been asked to submit a model to the General Assembly by November 1 that serves the students of both institutions and preserves the individual academic missions of both institutions.

One of the areas that is not shared is executive administration. Coe and MacDonald explained to the task force why two leaders are needed, one for each institution.

"Each institution adds specific value to meet local community needs. Each leader needs to make sure its institution is meeting those needs," said Coe. "Shared governance may seem like a clear and simple answer, but it is the wrong answer."

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark  have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio.  At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.