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Ohio 2-year colleges asked for more convenience

By admin Published: January 30, 2012

COLUMBUS: Ohio’s higher education chief has asked community colleges to consider making their class schedules more convenient for busy students who also work and have families.

Chancellor Jim Petro wants the state’s public, two-year schools to explore the idea of block scheduling. The Columbus Dispatch reports classes would be offered back-to-back in clusters.

Petro says that would make it easier for students juggling job and home responsibilities to finish their studies and get their degrees.

Right now, only about 9 percent of Ohio community college students are able to graduate within three years.

Executive Director Ronald Abrams with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges says block scheduling is already used in nursing and some technical programs and could be expanded.

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