Kent, Ohio regional campuses announce degree-cooperation deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students attending branch campuses at Kent State University and Ohio University will have access to classes at both universities under a program announced Tuesday aimed at increasing the number of Ohioans with college degrees.

The program will be available to students at seven Kent State campuses and five Ohio University campuses. Dubbed "Complete to Compete," the goal is to make it easier for students to complete their degree to find good-paying jobs.

The collaboration underscores "the historical regional mission of each institution," Kent State President Carol Cartwright said.

Research shows residents in 33 counties could take advantage of the program, said Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio, whose main campus is in Athens.

Each university is pledging $1.1 million for the first three years of what's expected to be a five-year rollout of the plan.

The universities will offer special counseling services for students to help them use the program, which will include online classes.

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