Press Release

Inaugural EXACTTrack Cohort Completes A.A.S.


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations

Columbus, OH (April 13, 2018)

Franklin University and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) announce the completion of the A.A.S. in Business Management portion by the first EXACTTrack Business Cohort of students. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the two institutions held a pinning ceremony this week to recognize the dedication, leadership, and accomplishment the inaugural cohort have displayed and will continue toward their education and career goals.

The cohort, which began classes in the spring semester of 2016, has completed their CSCC degree requirements for an A.A.S in Business Management. As part of the EXACTTrack program, the cohort will now quickly build on their A.A.S. and earn a dual major in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Franklin University, all in only three and one half years!

The EXACTTrack Business Cohort reflects a collaborative partnership between Columbus State and Franklin University to provide an innovative and effective curriculum development approach to students enabling them to balance their education with other commitments. The cohort format also promotes community and accountability among students; many participating students have already received job promotions due to their educational experiences so far.

The program provides pre-determined courses and a predictable class schedule, allowing students to take classes one evening per week at the Columbus State Delaware Campus and one simultaneously online. In addition to free books, students also benefit from seamless admission, credit transfer, and financial aid for those who qualify. The EXACTTrack Business Cohort also provides the benefit of a set tuition rate for the duration of the student’s course of study.

For more information on the EXACTTrack program or becoming a candidate for the Spring 2019 cohort, visit:

About Columbus State Community College
Columbus State Community College has been dedicated to meeting the educational needs of its community for a half century.  The college has grown from an initial enrollment of 67 students in 1963 to roughly 27,000 students today.

Columbus State’s Career and Technical Programs Division offers two-year degree programs in more than 55 areas of business, health, public service, human service and engineering technologies. Students can also take the first two years of a bachelor’s degree through the college’s Arts and Sciences Division, and then transfer to a four-year institution. 

In all, there are more than 200 associate degree and certificate programs available. Columbus State is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, 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, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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