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Franklin University and AICUO Announce Education Partnership

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its new educational partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). 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, faculty and staff at AICUO member institutions now have the opportunity to save on the overall cost of earning one of Franklin University’s three applied doctoral degrees:

•           Doctor of Business Administration
•           Doctor of Healthcare Administration
•           DPS-Instructional Design Leadership

From verbal and written competencies, to technical and technological abilities, to advanced interpersonal aptitude, higher education need leaders who can envision, direct and provide the kind of human capital development that aligns with company goals, transforms corporate culture and moves an organization forward.

Such leadership requires proficiencies of the highest level. Through Franklin University’s professionally oriented doctoral degrees, AICUO member staff and faculty have the opportunity to achieve these competencies to make smart, relevant connections between classroom learnings and real-world development effectiveness.

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands that balancing the need to stay current along with going back to school takes planning, commitment, and sacrifices. Through Franklin’s online programs, faculty and staff of AICUO member institutions can take classes on their schedule to continue their education to make themselves a current and relevant asset to their institution.

“This partnership with Franklin University offers a tremendous opportunity to our member campuses and their faculty and staff,” said C. Todd Jones, President and General Counsel. “Private colleges in Ohio can support their employees as they pursue higher education while remaining at their institution and growing in their career.”

Founded in 1969, AICUO represents privately supported, nonprofit colleges and universities in Ohio, conducting public relations, research and government relations for its members. Located in every region of the state, Ohio’s independent institutions include research universities, traditional liberal arts colleges, comprehensive universities, single-purpose institutions, religiously affiliated colleges, and a historically black university. These independent institutions have enhanced the quality of life of the communities in which they are located and the quality of life in Ohio.

"Franklin University is honored to partner with AICUO to offer their employees the opportunity to continue their education," said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “Through academic partnerships, we add to the development of employees from within an association such as AICUO, with the added benefit of preparing their faculty and staff to educate and engage their students at a new level of quality"

About Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO)
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 53 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens.  AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio’s independent colleges and universities.  At the same time, the association works to promote the well-being of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation.  For more information regarding AICUO, visit our website at

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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