Monday, October 24, 2011

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for Franklin University

Franklin University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate the official opening of the newest building on campus . The new building houses the University's College of Arts, Sciences & Technology. Faculty and administrative staff now occupy 34 office spaces, 14 workstations, and multiple huddle and conference spaces.

The addition of the building on Grant Ave. to the University's Main Campus allows Franklin to provide additional professional office environment for its growing number of full-time faculty members.

The purchase and renovation of the building is the latest milestone in Franklin University's strategic growth plan, which sets out to strengthen its resources and offerings by expanding educational opportunities to students across the country and globe.

Pictured are Board of Trustees Chair, Gary James; Franklin County Commissioner, Paula Brooks; Franklin President, David Decker; and College of Arts, Sciences & Technology Dean, Dr. Keith Groff.

I would like to extend a special thank-you to Jane Sieberth, Assistant Chair of the Computer Science Department, for introducing me to multiple Franklin employees and the personal tour of this great new building.

In addition, I would also like to congratulate Jane and Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost, on Franklin's recent awarding of the "C.E.O. Best of Business Award for Best Online Degree Program." Franklin's dedication to the on-line world of educating students should make Columbus and Ohio proud.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What's Happening to High School Graduations?

Today’s Graph of the Week shows the most recent in the annual series of projections by the U.S. Department of Education on the number of public high school graduations each year in Ohio. The message couldn’t be more clear: the source of Ohio resident traditional-age college students is getting smaller each year.

We’ve received several questions today wondering why this is, and an answer comes from the decennial U.S. Census, whose 2010 figures are now easily available at the American FactFinder website. In the period 2000-2010, Ohio’s total population grew, but at a rate of 1.6 percent, much slower than the U.S. total increase of 9.7 percent.

Table 1: Ohio Population by Age Groups, 2000 and 2010
Source: US Census Bureau, American Factfinder
2000 2010 Change
Total population 11,353,140 11,536,504 183,364 1.6%
Under 5 years 754,930 720,856 -34,074 -4.5%
5 to 9 years 816,346 747,889 -68,457 -8.4%
10 to 14 years 827,811 774,699 -53,112 -6.4%
15 to 19 years 816,868 823,682 6,814 0.8%

In the detail of this population change, shown in Table 1, you can see that Ohio’s population of school-age children actually dropped over those ten years, except for the oldest group that includes the most recent high school graduates. We can’t say from the data precisely why that drop occurred, but it makes clear why high school graduations down the road will be going down — there aren’t as many second-graders around to graduate ten years from now.

—Bob Burke