By Denise Dick
Youngstown State University and Humility of Mary Health Partners will work together to establish a facility for clinical and medical education.
Trustees approved a resolution of support at a meeting Wednesday for collaboration with HMHP to work together to raise money and explore the possibility of a multiuse facility including classrooms, labs and practice learning clinics.
If such a facility becomes a reality, it would provide YSU nursing and other health professionals with primary consideration after HMHP’s own Mercy College students, for clinical placement and employment opportunities upon graduation.
By a 9-to-1 vote, trustees also approved a memorandum of understanding to keep Youngstown Early College under operation at YSU. Scott Schulick cast the dissenting vote.
The agreement runs from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018. It also must be approved by the city schools and EGCC trustees.
Freshmen who entered the dual-enrollment program at Eastern Gateway in fall 2012 will continue at Eastern Gateway in 2013-14 with dual-enrollment classes. Sophomores who entered the program at Eastern Gateway in fall 2012 will have a choice of taking classes in 2013-14 at Eastern Gateway or YSU.
Also beginning in fall 2013, juniors will have a choice of taking their YEC classes at Eastern Gateway or YSU.
The change comes a couple of years after trustees’ decision to move YEC to Eastern Gateway.
In 2010, a YSU trustees committee voted to terminate the partnership with YEC at the end of that school year, mainly because of finances.
In April 2010, that same committee instead approved a three-year transition plan, moving YEC from YSU to EGCC.
At an Academic Quality and Student Success Committee meeting last month, Schulick said that during his tenure on the board, trustees have spent more time talking about Youngstown Early College than about anything else.
“We have not given as much time to tuition or budget issues as we have to Early College,” he said.
He said he sees the program as a veiled attempt to increase enrollment.
If the community supports the program, the community should share in the costs, Schulick said.
YEC students earn credits at a lower tuition rate while other YSU students work two or three jobs to pay for college, he said.
Trustee Delores Crawford said at last month’s committee meeting that YEC meets the needs of the underserved.
It helps those students who want an education and have they have the capacity to complete it.
“Having been one of those students myself, there’s no way I won’t support it,” she said.