|Ohio Appalachian Center
for Higher Education
Another example of Shawnee State University's
commitment to residents of rural Ohio is the
Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher
Education (OACHE). Located on the Shawnee State campus,
OACHE is a consortium of the ten
public colleges and universities within the 29-county Ohio
Appalachian region, which is approximately one-third of the state.
The mission of OACHE is to
increase the level of educational attainment of residents by
sponsoring access projects in member institutions and in public
school districts. OACHE operates
with funds provided by the Ohio General Assembly through the Ohio
Board of Regents. It is, thus, a unique model that combines the
efforts of state government, higher education institutions, public
school districts, and businesses to increase the college-going rate
throughout this high poverty region. Traditionally this area has had
a college-going rate of only half the national average.
In addition to Shawnee State University, consortium members include
Belmont Technical College, Hocking Technical College, Jefferson
Community College, Kent State University at Salem and East
Liverpool, Muskingum Area Technical College, Ohio University, Rio
Grande Community College, Southern State Community College, and
Washington State Community College. The Board of Directors consists
of a representative from the Ohio Board of Regents and the
presidents of member institutions. Shawnee State's President Veri
initiated the formation of the consortium and served as chairman of
the Board of Directors during the first five years of the project.
For more information, contact the executive director, at 740.351.3299.