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Franklin University Students Help City of Columbus Address Delinquency Issue

Columbus, OH (January 8, 2018)

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce efforts to help Columbus City Schools address its delinquency issues by using the skill sets developed by the University’s Operations & Supply Chain Management (OSCM) students.

The impetus for the project stemmed from the growing problem of more than 300 students who daily run late to Columbus City Schools.  Faced with the issue, this past spring Steven McElroy, Executive Director, Columbus City Schools Transportation Center, contacted Franklin University to investigate creating a project for students to help identify root causes and possible remedies. In response to the request, a group of nine Franklin University students from this term’s OSCM 495 capstone course class, focused their final project on addressing the issues associated with transporting students who are late to school. 

Columbus City Schools report that school buses travel more than 81,000 miles per day picking up and dropping off students across the municipality (this number includes charter and parochial schools). As part of the project, students will address the issue of increases to mileage and associated costs (vehicle wear and tear and salary expenses) that are incurred when students are late and the City is forced to either hold over on-duty drivers or call in off-duty drivers to transport them to school off schedule.

"The students were excited about the opportunity to work with the City of Columbus Transportation on their bus driver delinquency issue,” said Sherry Stebens, Adjunct, Franklin University. “They enjoyed the opportunity to recommend potential solutions to a real problem."

Working with representatives from the Columbus City Schools, the capstone students gained insight into bus routes, rerouting, and current data calculations. Students completed the six-week assessment by preparing a final report that detailed causation factors, associated costs and recommended remedies.

“The relationship between Franklin University and Columbus City Schools continues to be a success and has been highlighted during this ground breaking project,” said Steven McElroy, Executive Director Business and Operations, Columbus City Schools. “Franklin University’s students have displayed their working knowledge of Operations and Supply Chain Management by providing Columbus City Schools with a comprehensive document that will held to resolve current attendance concerns.

The Franklin University OSCM 495: Operations & Supply Chain Management capstone course provides student with a cumulative experience for the Operations and Supply Chain Management major. Student use knowledge gained in the previous classes on operations management, supply chain management, quality, transportation, and purchasing in developing operational strategies for real-life applications.

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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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