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The Suburbanite
  • Gee to visit Stark State on Tuesday

  • Ohio State University President Gordon Gee will join Stark State President Para M. Jones at an official signing of the articulation agreement that will mean Stark State students who earn associate of arts or associate of science degrees and have maintained a grade point average of at least 2.0 will be guaranteed admission to OSU with junior standing.

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  • Chants of “O-H!” ... “I-O!” may be heard from the campus of Stark State College on Tuesday as Ohio State University President Gordon Gee arrives to make the partnership between the two schools official.
    Gee will join Stark State President Para M. Jones at an official signing of the articulation agreement that will mean Stark State students who earn associate of arts or associate of science degrees and have maintained a grade point average of at least 2.0 will be guaranteed admission to OSU with junior standing.
    “We’re committed to providing seamless, cost-effective educational pathways for our students,” Jones said. “This agreement gives students in our region who plan to attend Ohio State the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Stark State at a lower tuition rate and then transfer to OSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree.”
    According to a news release from Stark State, undergraduate tuition for 30 credit hours (one year) at Ohio State averages $10,000 per year, while one year at Stark State averages $4,400. That means a savings for the first two years could be as much as $10,000 to $12,000.
    Stark State spokeswoman Irene Lewis Motts said Stark State has articulation agreements with more than 30 colleges and universities.
    “You don’t have to have an agreement to transfer, but if you have one, it makes the transfer seamless,” she said.
    An advantage to this, besides the cost savings, Motts said, is the chance to transition to college life on a smaller scale.
    The agreement assures students that the credit hours they have worked to accumulate toward their major or associate’s degree will not be lost in a transfer to Ohio State.
    Motts said the community can expect a big pep rally Tuesday when Gee comes to town. She expects he will be bringing local Ohio State students with him.
    The official signing happens at 5:30 p.m. in Stark State’s Business and Entrepreneurial Center.