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Sept. 16, 2014

Once competitive, now partners

CSU and Tri-C reach agreement for online program

By Jaclyn Seymour

Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga County Community College (Tri-C) have begun a collaboration to Tri-C President Alex Johnson and CSU President Ronald Berkmanencourage Tri-C graduates to attend Cleveland State.

This partnership is the first among what is expected to be many agreements to encourage Tri-C nursing graduates to enroll in Cleveland State’s online BSN Nursing program.

“An important piece of Tri-C’s commitment is to channel students into this program,” Cleveland State President Ronald Berkman said to

To help encourage the students, as well as other nursing graduate students, to enroll, reported the cost of one credit hour will be reduce from $380 to $240.

Cleveland State’s efforts are aimed at Tri-C, but welcome all nursing school graduates. Tri-C graduates around 300 registered nurses a year, according to

Vida Lock, the dean of Cleveland State’s Nursing School, told that Tri-C students enrolled in the online program will receive academic advising by Cleveland State advisors and can come to Cleveland State’s campus for free monthly sessions with professors.

According to officials, the offset of tuition cost is expected to be granted by the Ohio Board of Regents to allow the lower cost for the program.

Lock is also expecting to see an increase in enrollment numbers because of the reduction in tuition cost, and the school is prepared to add part-time instructors if needed, according to

“I am excited that we are able to provide Tri-C Nursing graduates with the opportunity to make a seamless transition to Cleveland State University,” Vivian Yates, dean of Tri-C’s nursing program, told “Continuing nursing education to the baccalaureate level is essential to nursing practice in our diverse and ever-changing healthcare environment.”

Cleveland State and Tri-C want to improve relations to ensure students transfer, and Tri-C has already started promoting the completion of the bachelor’s degree by stating, “work with a counselor at both institutions to earn your associate degree and the. Transfer seamlessly to complete your bachelor’s degree,” on their website.

According to, Berkman said the nursing program is the first of several partnerships in discussion with Tri-C President Alex Johnson — others will likely be offered in Health Sciences, Social Work and Business majors.