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Franklin University and Stark State College Provide Students with Affordable, Accessible Bachelor’s Degrees

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University and Stark State College will formalize an agreement to provide accounting and business administration bachelor degrees through a new 3+1 partnership on Wednesday, July 27 on Stark State’s North Canton campus.

The 3+1 partnership enables students to earn bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration by completing three years of Stark State coursework and one year of Franklin coursework. The partnership provides students with the advantages of lower tuition and convenience, because classes are held at Stark State. The announcement adds to Stark State’s and Franklin’s longtime online bachelor degree completion partnerships.

The Franklin-Stark State partnership responds to the goals of Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Higher Education to lower the cost of higher education and provide greater access to students of all ages through 3+1 partnerships between Ohio’s community colleges and universities.

“Stark State College is proud to be a part of Franklin University’s Community College Alliance program,” said Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College. “We are pleased to provide our students with the new 3+1 opportunities, which will assist them in achieving their academic and career goals.”

Providing remarks during the celebration event at 3 p.m. in S203 are:

  • Dr. Para Jones, president, Stark State College
  • Dr. David R. Decker, president, Franklin University
  • Geoff Starnes, Student and Assistant Director of Development and Applications, Stark State College  

“The signing of our new partnership with Stark State College allows students in the Canton area to benefit from an expanded physical and financial access to education,” said Bill Chan, Franklin’s executive director of domestic expansion and regional campuses. “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.”

Through this new agreement, students benefit from Franklin’s acceptance of previously earned college and professional education credits, minimizing the time and money it takes to earn a degree. This transfer-friendly policy, coupled with the University’s convenient class schedules and regionally accredited curriculum allow busy adult students to achieve their education and career goals in balance with their personal, career and financial responsibilities, all while staying in their own community.

About Stark State College
Stark State College provides quality, high-value associate degrees, certificates, and professional development in a diverse, student-centered learning environment. The College is dedicated to lifelong learning; affordable, transferable higher education; and career success. Stark State College advances quality of life through access, academic success, stewardship, and business and community partnerships.

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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