College of Online and Adult Studies (COAS)


https://www.ashland.edu/coas/

Interim Dean

Shawn Orr, Assistant Provost of Academic Instruction

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Online and Adult Studies (COAS) is to provide quality online distance education programs through a variety of modalities, and to establish distance education as an effective method for extending educational opportunities.

Curricular Structure

Most online courses consist of seven consecutive weeks of coursework, followed by one week off. Online courses are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

General Admissions Procedures for Online Programs

See Online Undergraduate Admissions Procedures and Graduate School Admissions Procedures complete details.  Complete appropriate online application under “Graduate, Online, and Adult” at https://apply.ashland.edu/apply/.

Administration

Bernie Bannin, Student Program Manager

Pidge Bannin, Associate Director of LearnAU

Jim Powell, Executive Director of Professional Learning

Jennifer Wininger, Director of the ACCESS program

LearnAU: Instructional Design and Technology Center

Mission Statement

Ashland University’s LearnAU team works with faculty to support, inspire, and engage students when using digital learning in classroom, hybrid, and fully online courses. We partner with faculty to research, design, develop, and implement the digital tools and strategies that contribute to academic excellence and student success as outlined in AU’s strategic plan.

Dr. Barbara Pidge Bannin

Dr. Vivian Beaty

Carl Nestor, MFA

Dr. Charles Piscitello

College Credit Plus (CCP) / Dual Enrollment (DE)

Through Ashland’ Univertity's College Credit Plus program, high school students with strong academic records can earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit by taking college courses at the University or at participating high schools.

CCP/DE Coordinator: Carla Coon

CCP/DE Admission Requirements

AU’s admission policy for the 2021-22 school year is test optional. Students may select whether they want their standardized test scores to be included or excluded from the admission review process.

Option #1 - Traditional admission requirements with test scores:

  • Cumulative HS GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Appropriate score from the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer:

18 ACT composite, or

960 SAT, or

ONE of the following Accuplacer scores: Writing, 263; Reading, 250; or QAS (math), 263

Option #2 - Admission without test scores:

  • Cumulative HS GPA of 3.0 or higher

Students must be able to satisfy any placement and prerequisite requirements for each course. All of the above criteria are considered for acceptance into College Credit Plus programs. Acceptance does not guarantee course availability.

Professional Learning Services

Mission

The mission of Ashland University's Professional Learning Services is to incorporate nationally-recognized standards in support of transformative learning opportunities for educators and other professionals.

Directors

Jim Powell, Executive Director of Professional Learning Services, Main Campus

Cheryle Basinger, Director of Professional Learning Services, Columbus Center

Paul Stellar, Director of Professional Learning Services, Massillon Center

Patrick Crahan, Director of Learning Development Services, Southwest Center

Wendy Stanley, Director of Learning Development Service, Toledo Center

Telego Center for Educational Improvement

Director

Dr. David Silverberg

Mission

Our mission is to provide schools and other institutions with customized services that address education and business issues and represent the highest possible levels of professional expertise.

Information

The Telego Center for Educational Improvement is a knowledge and skill-based resource offering customized solutions to educators and business professionals.

The Telego Center provides technical skills and expertise to school administrators and organizational leaders in meeting state and federal mandates, improving leadership skills, and enhancing performance.

The Telego Center operates under the auspices of Ashland University. The center’s personnel have all been or are currently associated with the public school system and business organizations throughout Ohio and other regional dates.

 The Gill Center for Business and Economic Education and Outreach Programs

TBD, Executive Director of Gill Center

Mission

One of the building blocks of a free society is a market economy where individual choice is valued and individual effort is rewarded. These concepts imply responsibility both for oneself and to the community. While we believe that freedom is natural to humans, we also believe that it must be nourished through education.

The Gill Center specifically promotes increased knowledge of the private enterprise system in its various education, public, business, and government constituencies.

Ashland University’s Gill Center for Business and Economics Education is dedicated to improving our youths’ understanding of economic principles and the global economy. Working with teachers and school systems we strive to prepare students to be knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and investors, productive members of the workforce, responsible citizens and effective participants in the global economy. The Center is affiliated with the Ohio Council on Economic Education and the Council for Economic.

The Gill Center for Business and Economic Education

The Gill Center for Business and Economic Education facilitates a flow of economic and business intelligence and know-how to students, teachers and business professionals at all levels of education. The Center’s staff provides pre- service and in-service teacher training through professional development programs, graduate level courses, and classroom curriculum materials. The Center also conducts economic research which provides the student with practical experience and simultaneously serves the business community. The tenet of private enterprise – freedom of enterprise, freedom of individual choice, and freedom to gain from one’s efforts – is foundational the Center’s programs.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education offers students and adults an opportunity to take credit courses and non-credit seminars, workshops and courses. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for non-credit offerings, one CEU per 10 contact hours. Professional Development Units (PDUs) are offered for some workshops. Non-credit offerings include, but are not limited to, nursing home administration, real estate licensing, project management, banking, supervisor management, and social service.

Corporate Education

The Corporate Education Program was established to better serve the needs of the business community. Ashland University is in a position to offer services to business and industry throughout northeastern Ohio. This program provides business and industry with on-site training and services tailored to the needs of the organization.

Ashland Center for English Studies (ACCESS)

The Ashland Center for English Studies (ACCESS) equips international professionals, undergraduates, and graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences in English needed to engage fully with the intellectual, professional, and social communities on campus and in university classrooms. ACCESS also acquaints them with American people and culture through real-world experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.