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Dean: Shawn Orr

Mission Statement

eAshland is dedicated to the development and implementation of non-credit certificates and professional learning opportunities. eAshland also provides support for the ideation, development, and growth of for-credit distance, hybrid, and technology-enhanced instruction. By removing structural barriers, we promote the growth and diversity of the community at Ashland University. By providing unique educational experiences for learners from high school through retirement, we foster a culture of life-long learning.

General Admissions Procedures for Online Programs

See Online Undergraduate Admissions Procedures and Graduate School Admissions Procedures for complete details.  Complete the appropriate online application under “Graduate, Online, and Adult” at


Elise Riggle, Assistant Director of Academic Instruction - LearnAU

Carla Coon, Program Manager of College Credit Plus

Stephanie Meeks, Director of the Office of Workforce Development

Jim Powell, Executive Director of Professional Learning

Michelle D'Ambrosio, Director of the Telego Center

Jennifer Wininger, Director of the ACCESS program

Kristy Tipton, Online Support and Testing Center Manager


Ashland University’s LearnAU team works with faculty to create remarkable teaching and learning experiences by enabling faculty to flourish and students to succeed. Using diverse learning tools, assets, and strategies to design positive learning solutions, we partner with faculty, subject matter experts, and students to build and continuously improve online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses at Ashland University and to inspire and educate teachers and learners alike.

Assistant Director: Elise Riggle

Dr. Charles Piscitello

David Grimes

Katharine Major

Dr. Barbara Pidge Bannin, Ashland Theological Seminary

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

Through Ashland’s University'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 Program Manager: Carla Coon

CCP/DE Admission Requirements

AU’s admission policy for the 2023-24 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.

Office of Workforce Training and Development


Established to serve the needs of the Ohio economic community, the Office of Workforce Training and Development at Ashland University offers industry-driven, non-credit courses, programs, and certifications to support both workforce training demands and individuals looking to enhance and grow their professional careers or personal lives.

Director: Stephanie Meeks

Professional Learning Services


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.


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

Courtney Kessler, Director of Professional Learning Services, Columbus Center

David Silverberg, Director of Professional Learning Services, Massillon Center

Gayle Niehaus, Director of Learning Development Services, Southwest Center

Telego Center for Educational Improvement


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.

Director: Michelle D'Ambrosio

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


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 for one's 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 Economics.

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 to 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.

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.

Program Director: Jennifer Wininger

Academic Research and Development Collaborative

This ideation group includes faculty and staff who collaborate for the purpose of collecting, synthesizing, and creating new learning opportunities for all Ashland University constituencies.

Testing Center

The Ashland University Testing Center provides institutional, instructional, professional, and assessment testing and services for students, departments, and the community.

Manager: Kristy Tipton


On a very limited basis Ashland University offers online course options through Acadeum, a consortium of other campuses across the country. Courses taken through Acadeum are considered institutional credit and impact a students GPA and graduation requirements in the same way an AU course does.   Registration for any Acadeum course is initiated by a student’s academic advisor and subsequently approved by the appropriate department chairperson as well as the host institution and Ashland University. There is no pre-approved list of course options.

Manager: Shawn Orr

The Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CITE)

The Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (CITE) at Ashland University cultivates the growth and learning of faculty, advancing their development as teacher-scholars by providing and coordinating support, resources, and collaborative programs.  By offering opportunities for faculty development, the Center sustains extraordinary learning experiences for students.  The Center supports all internal faculty development grants, Fall and Spring Faculty College, the High Impact Teaching Summer Faculty Institute, the CITE Blackboard Organization: Resources for faculty, yearly professional development pedagogy and scholarship workshops, faculty learning communities, new faculty orientation programs, virtual teaching conferences, and maintains/schedules the CITE active learning classroom.

For more information about the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, please email or contact Elise Riggle at 419-289-5885.