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December 15, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Education leaders create the Higher Education Consortium of Southern Ohio
(2008-05-02)
(WOUB) - Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut was on hand to witness the official creation of the Higher Education Consortium of Southern Ohio Thursday in Athens.

Ohio University's Chillicothe and Southern campuses along with Rio Grande Community College, Shawnee State University and Southern State Community College joined in the consortium's formal agreement.

The partnership focuses on making higher education more accessible and easing residents' transitions between institutions.

The consortium was formed after Fingerhut asked the leaders of higher education institutions in a 15-county region in Southern Ohio to find ways to support the University System of Ohio's goal of expanding college enrollment, improving graduation rates and expanding the impact of higher education on economic development.

"The governor asked me to build a university system that is one of the greatest in the world...We need to do that collaboratively," Chancellor Fingerhut said.
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