8/27/14 MANSFIELD, Ohio - Ashland University and The Ohio State University at Mansfield formalized a long-standing partnership today to prepare students across the region for a career in nursing.
The two universities signed a nursing articulation agreement that provides an opportunity for students to enroll and complete degree requirements at OSU Mansfield and then transfer directly to the nursing program at Ashland University.
The agreement was signed by Interim Provost Dr. Douglas Fiore and Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dr. Faye Grund, both representing Ashland University, and Dean and Director Dr. Stephen Gavazzi, representing Ohio State Mansfield.
“This academic agreement between the two institutions provides the opportunity for students to transition seamlessly between the two institutions and complete a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ashland University,” Fiore said.
“What I think is so important is that the students in this articulation agreement are clearly at the center,” Fiore said. “This is a public institution and a private institution with the exact same goal – to provide the best educational opportunities for the students in the region.”
The agreement allows Ohio State Mansfield students to obtain a minimum of 50 credit hours of core coursework at state college tuition rates, then, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, transfer to Ashland University at junior status to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“We’re just delighted to be moving forward in this direction with Ohio State,” Dr. Grund said. “We have state-of-the-art facilities here and we are looking forward to bringing more students into the program.”
Grund noted that the Ohio State Mansfield students will be able to transfer to Ashland University via two different programs:
- a Traditional Nursing program that will guarantee 12 seats per academic year for OSU Mansfield students. The requirements for transfer are available in the Ashland University catalog.
- the Advanced Entry Nursing program that will guarantee eight seats for qualified OSU Mansfield students per summer semester. This is a rigorous program with specific admission criteria allowing students to progress through summer, fall and spring semesters, graduating at the end of the following fall semester.
Ohio State Mansfield Dean and Director Dr. Stephen Gavazzi said that, in many ways, the articulation agreement represents another win for the community.
“The fact is that when the community looks at Ashland or Ohio State, or our other partner North Central State College, they don’t see three different institutions, they see higher education,” Gavazzi said. “And it’s their expectation that we are going to serve students and their interests, and by association, serve the community’s interest.
“I hope this is the first of many more articulation agreements that we will be signing.”
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.
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