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Study shows importance of campuses

Published 10:45am Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A study released last week confirmed what just about everyone in Lawrence County already knew: Ohio University Southern and the other regional campuses have a huge economic impact on the state and the communities of which they are a part.

The data showed that OU’s five regional campuses and two centers employ more than 1,600 people, educate more than 10,000 students and injected nearly $174 million into Ohio. As a whole, the university system has an economic impact measuring more than $1.5 billion.

In many cases, numbers do not tell the entire story but this seems to be a situation where they certainly tell a compelling one.

Other data from the study included the fact that OUS campuses expect to have 39,000 students on campus this semester, proof that higher education is more accessible than ever before. Another positive is that students attending the regional campuses are getting a quality education for roughly half the cost of tuition in Athens.

Virtually no one living in Ironton, Lawrence County or even Tri-State need to be convinced that Ohio University Southern is an integral part of the community, but it is nice to have hard facts to back that up and show people from the beyond the region yet another of the many great reasons to call this region home.


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  • mikehaney

    Ohio University Southern–is definitely a huge asset to our area. Went to the branch while working many jobs, 64 to 68, along with two other high school classmates. We all went on to good jobs.

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  • mickakers

    Ohio University Southern is the most vital asset Lawrence County has. A Liberal arts education is the most well rounded, designed to produce a virtuous, knowledgeable, and articulate person. Grammar, rhetoric, and logic are the core Liberal arts (the Trivium). Then follows; arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the Quadrivium). Together the Trivium and Quadrivium constitute the seven liberal arts. To further expand on this subject, Wikipedia has an excellent article on a Liberal arts education.

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  • Poor Richard

    Ohio University has impacted a great many lives for the better, not just in career placement but the total package of creating an educated individual that takes on a different perspective on life.

    Glad to see that Dan Evans is back. Ohio University should understand how important the leadership is to the campus and not everyone that ‘qualifies professionally’ makes a good leader. Leadership can make or break a campus, create havoc and low moral, etc. The campus does not need a merry-go-round of dean after dean. It needs someone vested and planted in the continuing growth and improvement of students in Southern OHIO.

    Further, the campus should not be turned into a ‘vocational school’ of coursework. Bring on the hard stuff, especially the sciences. Would I want to pay for four years of college for my child to get a job paying $20,000 a year, or a job in the sciences paying $60,000 to $100,000+ a year?

    The idea of Ohio University Southern being a springboard to completing coursework at the Athens campus needs to change. The southern campus should be a fully functional campus beyond the goal of filling the pockets of the Athens campus and from the whims of the controlling Athens professors. If this cannot be accomplished, OUS should split from Athens.

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