OSU Axes Offerings

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Looking to bone up on your computer skills or prepare for a job interview? Unless your alma mater is “Carmen Ohio,” Ohio State University may no longer have what you’re looking for.

OSU has reconfigured its Office of Continuing Education and discontinued noncredit, non-CEU (continuing education unit) coursework. Career services are no longer offered within the office, says OSU spokeswoman Amy Murray. “They say the majority of people who received those services through Continuing Ed were Ohio State alums and this service has been picked up, then, by the alumni association,” she says.

The popular Program 60, which allows Ohioans age 60 or older to attend classes at no cost on a space-available basis, will continue through the continuing education office.

The realignment followed a “thorough review of the policies, contract procedures, programs and services offered by the unit,” wrote Interim Director Jay Johnson in OSU Today, an online publication for faculty and staff. Murray says the move was made not to cut costs, but was “a question of more closely aligning the mission of that office with the mission of the university.”

Still, a handful of people—“less than a half-dozen,” says Murray—saw their jobs eliminated. “They’re the first in line for something else that would come up,” she says.

Stay tuned: According to a Jan. 25 Tweet from the office, a new name is “coming soon.” Murray says it will eventually be known as the Office of Extended Education, but that move “appears to be quite a ways off.” Other structural changes must occur first, she says, including the incorporation of distance education into the office.

Reprinted from the March 2012 issue of Columbus C.E.O. Copyright © Columbus C.E.O.