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Effort to keep Early College alive



Published: Fri, March 5, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Harold Gwin

gwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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Rev . Lewis Macklin

The president of a local faith-based community organization said he doesn’t expect Youngstown State University’s trustees to reverse their decision to sever ties with the Youngstown Early College program.

But the Rev. Mr. Lewis W. Macklin II, ACTION president, said he does want the trustees to reconsider what appeared to be a decision to cut the program off cold effective June 30.

High school juniors and seniors in the program should be allowed to remain on track to complete their courses of study at YSU, with a number of them on schedule to earn associate degrees by the time they complete high school, he said.

Youngstown Early College is a partnership launched by YSU and the Youngstown city schools in fall 2004 to put selected high school students on the YSU campus to earn college credits while completing high school.

There are 250 students enrolled this year. Freshmen and sophomores concentrate on their high school curriculum, and juniors and seniors spend more of their time in college courses.

The YSU Board of Trustees, citing costs and a need to focus on other priorities, voted last week to end the university’s affiliation with the program with the end of this fiscal year.

That decision became a focus of concern at an ACTION forum on the newly formed Eastern Gateway Community College in Liberty Township earlier this week.

At that session, the Rev. Mr. Macklin and others called for the trustees to reconsider their action. Mr. Macklin said the university needs to allow time for the program to transition to a partnership with another institution of higher learning.

Scott Schulick, chairman of the board of trustees, may have already addressed that concern.

He and Anthony Catale, city school board president, issued a statement earlier this week saying they will appoint a joint committee to oversee the transition of Youngstown Early College.

The committee, which could begin meeting as early as next week, will be charged with putting a plan in place so the program can continue next school year without interruption.

Schulick said it was never the intent of the trustees to cut the program off cold.

The board realizes there are a number of issues to be addressed, and the joint committee will determine those issues and map out a plan of action, he said.

Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway, has already made a commitment for her institution to become the new college partner for Youngstown Early College. Eastern Gateway is preparing to take on that responsibility this fall, but finding space is a key issue, she said.

She would like YSU to allow the program to remain on its campus for another year, with Eastern Gateway providing the college-level courses the students will take.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, and Governor Ted Strickland wrote to trustees asking that the program be allowed to remain on the YSU campus for the 2010-11 school year.


Comments

1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It is what it is,..

Theses clergy, legislators and community members are trying to deal with intolerable crooks,..

The damage and disgrace YSU has brought upon themselves via this stunt is so profound.

That it's drawn an extraordinarily non favorable focus upon who they are, who runs their show and their agenda.

The carpet baggers at the perch of YSU has gotten so full of themselves. That they act as though they're not a bottom of the barrel tier 4 school. Which scholastic accreditation wise it gets no lower than YSU's tier 4 status.

Thus the avoidance at all costs sentiment will span far and wide and last for generations and they brought it upon themselves.

See where pricing and course offerings can be debated in comparison. But when you smite children in such a manner your name instantly turns to mud.

Eastern Gateway community college has now inherited a golden opportunity as a result of this.

Thus the later benefactors for wisely advancing ones education beyond a two year program. Will be far better schools like Case Western, Kent State along with Akron University and Penn State Trumbull.

I'm not even going to continue buying tickets to support any of their sports programs anymore.

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2SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Nunya

Good riddance. Eastern Gateway is the more realistic way to go. YEC was to much of a burden/anchor on the scholastic reputation of the University.
If Youngstown City schools did their job they wouldn't have to leach on to YSU. Why would YSU want to have the worst school system in the state attached to them in any way. Good job Wendy Webb.

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3northsideart(111 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

@Nunya

What college did you graduate from? You're not looking too proficient in your use of the English language. I wouldn't go around dissing on YSU when you can't even put together complete sentences. If YSU is such a hole, you should be grateful that they dumped the Early College; yet, you're obviously disappointed that the Early College kids won't be able to attend allegedly 4th tier YSU any longer. Ah, the contradictions of the self-interested are never-ending.

What exactly do the tuition paying students at YSU get out of having a portion of the school's funding go to the Early College? Nothing. Therefore, the standing of the university has actually been elevated in the eyes of the people who work and pay for this world to go round.

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4rafjohnson(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I am a faculty member at Youngstown State. I had three Youngstown Early College students last semester in my class. They were as competitive academically as the other "regular" students. I didn't know that 2 of them were YEC students until the end of October - past the 1/2 way point of the semester.

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5rafjohnson(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The YEC student population is 250. That is less than 2% of the 14,000 students who attend the university. I find it difficult to believe that these students were "too much of a burden / anchor on the scholastic achievement" of the university. The YEC students in the class I taught last semester were not a burden academically.

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6Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

rafjohnson

"I didn't know that 2 of them were YEC students until the end of October - past the 1/2 way point of the semester."

I really big to differ on that. You would have to know the roster at the beginning of the semester and know who is YEC. That comment don't make sense.

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7SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Rafjohnson

Get your story straight; Quit looking for the free lunch. The YEC students bring the environment of YSU (Go to Kilcawly in the morning) as a typical rowdy inner city high school caferteria.

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