3/16/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University and Gosh Enterprises Inc., which operates Charleys Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill, announced today a tuition discount and corporate matching scholarship plan that gives thousands of the restaurant concepts’ employees access to AU’s top-ranked, online education.
The program, titled Leaders Making Leaders, opens the door to potential life-changing career advancement possibilities for many of the company’s workers nationwide who wish to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The collaboration empowers eligible employees to enroll in one of several undergraduate or graduate programs delivered online through Ashland University.
This agreement was signed today by AU President Dr. Carlos Campo and Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang and two officials from the Columbus-based company -- Charley Shin, founder and chief executive officer, and Elizabeth Dennis, vice president of culture – during a meeting on the AU campus.
All Gosh, Charleys Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill employees who work over an average of 20 hours per week and meet university admission requirements can enroll in the program. This hybrid instruction model will provide tablets for employees to access AU’s Blackboard system for online course delivery and allows Columbus locations access to face-to-face learning.
The company also will offer employees a 10-badge system that allows those completing all 10 badges to earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies or take four additional courses for an Associate of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in business. Students can then further their study at AU to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
“As a national leader in online education, Ashland’s programs enable working adults to engage in a cutting-edge learning environment that offers the same quality education that AU’s on-campus students receive," said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We're excited to work closely with Gosh Enterprises and its employees to offer this pathway to a college degree.”
This model offers qualifying employees the following benefits:
• For part-time undergraduate students (Corporate Match): 10 percent discount and when the corporation pays for 10 percent or more of the undergraduate student’s tuition upfront, Ashland University will add an additional 10 percent matching scholarship.
• For full-time undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree: $1,000 per year ($500 per semester) on top of any other grants, scholarships and student loans.
• For graduate students (full-time or part-time) and part-time undergraduate students: 10 percent tuition discount on top of any other grants, scholarships and student loans; and a reduced rate for all students participating in AU’s RN-BSN program.
Gosh, Charley Philly Steaks and Bibibop Asian Grill officials are excited about the program because they said they have been seeking an educational solution to develop their leaders at all levels – expanding the role and expectations for employees.
“A gap exists in leadership development programs when considering regulatory and retention challenges of the hospitality industry,” said Shin. “Often programs focus on individual participant development while neglecting the opportunity to develop strong teams who can work across organizational lines for the betterment of their work community.”
Campo agreed, noting “The program is tailored to allow Ashland University to enhance employees’ performance and their success in the workplace by providing career advancement skills and valuable training opportunities. In addition, it ensures that Ashland University stays connected to the business entities and help fuel our local and regional economy.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###