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Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and Franklin University Announce Education Partnership

Columbus, OH (June 26, 2017)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its newest educational partnership with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). Through this partnership, the University continues its mission to provide high quality, relevant education to the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich society.

Through the University’s new partnership, OPERS employees now have the opportunity to save on the overall cost of earning one of Franklin University’s undergraduate and master’s degree programs, as well as free books for certificate of completion programs offered on-site at OPERS.

“We are developing this partnership with Franklin University to make it more convenient for our associates to start or go back to school and broaden their knowledge,” said Karen Carraher, executive director at OPERS. “I believe that earning a higher education will help them to identify career opportunities and achieve greater goals.”

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands that balancing the need to improve one’s career skills to boost promotion potential, with going back to school takes planning, commitment and sacrifice. Through Franklin’s on-site and online programs, employees of OPERS can position themselves for advancement in a manner that fits their individual needs and schedule.

Founded in 1935, OPERS has meant security and peace of mind to millions of Ohio’s retired public workers and their families. OPERS provides retirement, disability and survivor benefit programs for public employees throughout the state who are not covered by another state or local retirement system. With defined benefit and health care investment assets of $90.6 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016, OPERS is the largest state pension fund in Ohio and the 12th-largest public retirement system in the U.S.

"Franklin University is honored to partner with OPERS to offer their employees the opportunity to improve their skills and position themselves for advancement," said President of Franklin University Dr. David Decker. “Through educational partnerships, we add to the development of employees from within an organization such as OPERS, with the added benefit of preparing their workforces to lead their organization forward into a new level of quality service."

Through educational partnerships, Franklin University provides partner organizations access to a complete portfolio of educational options that includes ongoing opportunities for learning and development for ambitious employees who are driven to achieve more. For more, visit franklinworks.

About the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System  
With assets of $90.6 billion, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System is the largest public pension fund in Ohio and the 12th largest public pension fund in the U.S. It serves more than one million members, including more than 208,000 retirees and beneficiaries. One out of every 12 Ohioans relies on OPERS for retirement, disability and survivor benefits. More information about OPERS can be found at

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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