Terra, OU enter partnership

FREMONT -Terra State Community College and Ohio University announced Friday they have entered into a partnership to allow students to finish three years of a bachelor’s degree while attending Terra.

As a result of the new partnership, Terra students will be afforded the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree by completing part up to three years of their higher education on Terra’s campus and the remainder of academic courses at Ohio University. The partnership includes an option of earning a degree through distance learning, so students could remain in Fremont while attending OU.

The two academic institutions announced their partnership at a signing ceremony on Terra’s campus Friday.

“Terra State is excited to partner with Ohio University in offering our students the opportunity to continue their education and complete their bachelor’s degree from one of Ohio’s premiere institutions of learning,” Terra President Jerome E. Webster said. “With their strong academic programs and committed and dedicated faculty and staff, we at Terra State could not be more pleased to join forces in extending educational opportunities for students with OU. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership that benefits our shared students.”

The collaboration between Terra and Ohio University would offer individuals who have earned an associate degree in a technical field from Terra an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University without leaving the region.

“We at Terra look for many opportunities to allow for our students to seamlessly transfer to our other four-year partners,” Webster said.

Webster said Terra has a similar agreement with Miami University with its engineering program, among Terra’s other 17 partnerships with four-year institutions.

Two degree programs are expected to be offered initially as part of the agreement: criminal justice and nursing. Terra State students who have completed an associate degree in a criminal justice area may earn a bachelor of criminal justice degree. Graduates of Terra State’s registered nursing program will be able to complete a bachelor of science in nursing through a program designed with working nurses in mind.

Webster said both of the institutions anticipate adding other program options in the future.

“While pursuing their bachelor’s degrees, students will have the option of taking some of the required academic courses from Terra State while they take others from OU,” Webster said.

Ohio University Vice Provost for eLearning and Strategic Partnerships Deb Gearhart said, “We are pleased to be able to offer students whose work and family circumstances prevent them from attending classes at Ohio University’s Athens campus the opportunity to experience the academic excellence that is a hallmark of our bachelor’s degree programs.”

According to a release provided by Terra, the new programs will provide affordable options for students who may not desire or be able to relocate by offering savings on the cost of tuition toward a bachelor’s degree. Students in the programs would pay the Terra tuition for any courses taken on its campus and only $240 per credit hour for courses taken online from Ohio University by Ohio residents.

The partnership also streamlines transfer of credits, student services and financial aid activities for students in the program, facilitating the ability to move easily between the two institutions’ systems.

For more information about the academic programs available through the Terra and Ohio University partnership, visit www.ohio.edu/terra.