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Rhodes State College and Franklin University Partnership allows students to earn bachelors’ degrees at Rhodes

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Students can now earn two bachelors’ degrees in five semesters on the Rhodes State College campus through a partnership with Franklin University.

Today, the two institutions signed a formal agreement that will allow Rhodes State graduates and anyone in the community with an associate’s degree to enroll in an accelerated program, taught by Franklin faculty, to concurrently earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and one in Management & Leadership.  Dr. Debra McCurdy, president of Rhodes State College, and Dr. David Decker, president of Franklin University, hailed the arrangement as a great benefit to the community.                

“We are excited to expand educational opportunities and this is just another way Rhodes State aligns its associate degrees with universities’ bachelor degree programs,” Dr. McCurdy said. “This option allows students to earn the credentials they desire in a more affordable manner and it helps create a more highly educated workforce in our region.”

Dr. Decker said, “The signing of our co-location partnership with Rhodes State College allows students in Lima and its surrounding areas to benefit from an expanded physical and financial access to education. By expanding the opportunities students have to complete a bachelor’s degree, we provide access to the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world.”

All classes will be in the evening, which is convenient for adult students.  One benefit of the partnership is that it minimizes the time and money it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree. 

Franklin University, a lead educator of adult students, is based in Columbus and offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs. Annually nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin.

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About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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