Central State Opens New Dormitory for Honors College Students, DeWine Attends Ceremony

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Central State University opened a new Honors College residence hall on Friday. Governor Mike DeWine and Department of Education Chancellor Randy Gardner were in attendance.

The residence hall is a hall intended to house students who are accepted and participate in the Honors College program at Central State.

“The valedictorians, the salutatorians, the merit finalists…these people will be the top performing students and this residence hall will house many of those students,” explained Dr. Jack Thomas, president of Central State.

So far, more than 200 students are already accepted into the Honors College which opened less than a year ago.

Governor Mike DeWine was able to meet and chat with some of these students about their experiences on campus.

“It’s always great to meet students and hear their vision and what they want to do,” Governor DeWine said.

Central State’s Honors College seeks to increase college retention, improve graduation rates, and prepare students for postgraduate success. The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education says it can lead to a brighter future for students and the state as a whole.

“If you look at health care outcomes, if you look at salaries…all of those are elevated by higher education,” Gardner said.

And central state leaders agree that the Honors College curriculum will enhance the student’s education.

The innovative four-year honors program, under the mentorship of University faculty, offers students the opportunity to apply their knowledge through ongoing honors projects, designed to promote:

  • Deeper exploration of a course topic
  • Search for new or alternative ideas
  • Link between course content and field experiences
  • Culture of multidisciplinary perspectives
  • Skills development – ​​critical thinking, performance, professional practice
  • Networking and determining how to use course content and principles to benefit UHC and wider communities

“Innovation is in our DNA,” said Thomas. “We are innovative, we are creative and we are flexible. It is the Central State University.

Construction of the building begins in August and is expected to be completed before the end of 2022.

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