Education opportunities

Central State University partners local university, and community colleges to expand education opportunities

Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond was busy ensuring the University’s relevance to the students in the Miami Valley community by creating programs to expand educational opportunities with Wright State University, Sinclair Community College and Clark State Community College.

Earlier last month, Dr. Jackson-Hammond and Sinclair Community College Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David L. Collins, signed two articulation agreements that will enable students who obtain an associate of arts degree in Music at Sinclair Community College to seamlessly transfer to one of two programs at Central State University.

Sinclair students may transfer to a degree program for either the bachelor of music degree in Performance or to the bachelor of music in Music Education at Central State.


On January 30, 2013, Dr. Jackson-Hammond and Wright State University President David R. Hopkins signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to give Central State students an opportunity to jump-start their master’s degree program at Wright State upon completion of their bachelor’s degree.

Master’s degree courses will be offered for Central State students who qualify for the program. To be admitted, students must have reached senior status at Central State and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must also meet other relevant admissions criteria.

The first programs to be used in this collaborative effort will enable Central State students studying geology and water resources to begin work on a Master’s in earth and environmental Sciences from Wright State.

The agreement facilitates cooperation between the two schools while:

  • Utilizing the teaching skills of faculty from both universities;
  • allowing the development of graduate programs designed for a variety of master’s degrees from both institutions;
  • enabling the pursuit of grants and other outside funding for such programs to serve the interests of both universities.


On February 1, 2012, Dr. Jackson-Hammond and Clark State Community College President Dr. Karen E. Rafinski signed a MOU Clark State Community College to allow Clark State students to attain a baccalaureate degree at Central State University.

Known as the Completion Pathway Program, there are two pathways for students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Pathway One: Baccalaureate Completion is designed for students entering Clark State with the intention of obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Central State. Students will be permitted dual enrollment in both schools.

Students who complete 60 or more semester hours at Clark State will seamlessly transfer to Central State with upper class status. If a student from Clark State should transfer prior completing an associate’s degree, Clark State will provide the opportunity for the transfer students to complete the associate’s of arts or associate’s of science degree using Central State University’s course credits.

Pathway Two: College Readiness allows students who are accepted to Central State, but require additional preparation to be full-time students at Central State, but will attend Clark State to obtain the additional preparation assistance.