Chancellor Carey Addresses Financial Changes at WSCC
Chancellor John Carey, the leader of the University System of Ohio, visited the Washington State Community College campus on Thursday, October 17th. Since his appointment to his position on April 29th, Carey has visited all twenty-three of the community colleges in the state of Ohio. He concluded this tour with his visit to Washington State Community College. While at WSCC, Chancellor Carey held a discussion with faculty and staff and toured campus before finishing his visit with a question and answer session. In attendance at the event were around fifty members of the faculty including WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. John Tigue, Chief Enrollment & Student Success Officer Amanda Herb, Executive Director for Public Relations & Marketing Claudia Owens, Trustee Vice Chair Davis Powers, and Associate Professor Esther Salem.
Chancellor Carey candidly responded to questions posed by the staff of WSCC. He also addressed concerns that were expressed about the proposed funding formula for colleges across Ohio. One of the primary changes that have been implemented in the state is the switch from funding schools based on their enrollment numbers, to funding colleges based on the academic advancement of students. Chancellor Casey's visit led to several productive conversations including the exploration of Ohio's Capital Bill and the Funding Formula used throughout Ohio. President Brad Ebersole commented on the visit, "'It was a pleasure to have Chancellor Carey on campus to see firsthand what great institution we have serving Washington and Morgan Counties. We also had a very good discussion on the future funding formula for higher education, as well as what to expect in the upcoming Capital Bill."
In addition to these financial concerns, Chancellor Carey spoke about the aid available for colleges like WSCC through the Ohio College Opportunity Grant. Washington State Community College would like to thank the Chancellor and the WSCC faculty for participating in such an insightful and educational set of discussions.