Fac­ulty strike af­fects high school stu­dents

Col­lege Credit Plus en­rollees have had some classes can­celed.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeremy P. Kel­ley Staff Writer

The three-week-old Wright State fac­ulty strike has af­fected some lo­cal high school stu­dents who take Col­lege Credit Plus classes through WSU, while other CCP stu­dents are at­tend­ing classes as usual.

Col­lege Credit Plus is a statewide pro­gram that al­lows high school stu­dents to take col­lege cour­ses and earn high school and col­lege credit si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The goal is to help more stu­dents earn de­grees by cut­ting the time and cost of com­plet­ing col­lege.

Some Beaver­creek Col­lege Credit Plus stu­dents have told their high school coun­selors that their Wright State classes have been can­celed, Beaver­creek schools spokesman Ryan Gild­ing said late Fri­day night.

Wright State spokesman Seth Bau­guess had said Wed­nes­day that the fully can­celed classes were spe­cial­ized, higher-level cour­ses. On Satur­day morn­ing, he ac­knowl­edged that “some CCP stu­dents have been af­fected by WSU class changes.” Nei­ther Bau­guess nor Gild­ing pro­vided the num­ber of af­fected classes.

Beaver­creek of­fi­cials told their CCP stu­dents in an email that if Wright State cancels a class that is re­quired for the stu­dent’s high school grad­u­a­tion, “there will be op­tions here at Beaver­creek High School to ob­tain that credit.”

Both Beaver­creek and Fair­born school of­fi­cials said some of their CCP stu­dents are en­rolled in

Wright State classes where there has been no pro­fes­sor to teach the ma­te­rial. Fair­born staff said some stu­dents with­drew from Wright State classes be­fore the CCP dead­line to avoid a penalty.

“(We’ve been) as­sist­ing stu­dents with place­ment in other WSU classes that are still be­ing held, as­sist­ing stu­dents with place­ments in other in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, and en­rolling stu­dents in high school classes,” said Fair­born High School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Deb Hauberg.

But the sit­u­a­tion varies from school to school. Oak- wood High School coun­selor Adam Woess­ner called WSU “a won­der­ful part­ner in­sti- tu­tion,” adding that he has “seen no is­sues or dip in the qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion they are pro­vid­ing our stu­dents.”

Some high schools said their cur­rent WSU stu­dents are not hav­ing prob­lems but added that oth­ers with- drew from Wright State just be­fore the se­mes­ter be­gan. The fac­ulty union filed a strike no­tice Jan. 7, and the first day of classes wasn’t un­til Jan. 14, giv­ing stu­dents time to quickly ad­just.

Cen­ter­ville schools Su­per- in­ten­dent Tom Hen­der­son said about five stu­dents made that move in his dis­trict and switched to Sinclair for their Col­lege Credit Plus cour­ses just be­fore the se­mes­ter. That also oc­curred in Hu­ber Heights schools, ac­cord­ing to dis­trict of­fi­cials.

Some WSU full-se­mes­ter classes are be­ing con­densed into the seven-week “B Term” that runs from March 11 to April 27. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions sent to stu­dents said those cour­ses will in­clude some re­quired on­line as­sign­ments to com­plete all the work in half the time. Beaver­creek’s email Thurs­day en­cour­aged its CCP stu­dents to take the B Term op­tion if WSU of­fered it.

Some who earn CCP credit through WSU are to­tally un­af­fected — with Fair­mont High School’s cal­cu­lus stu­dents an ex­am­ple — be­cause their classes are taught by ap­proved high school fac­ulty at the high school.


Stu­dents protest out­side Wright State Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Schrader’s of­fice Thurs­day. The fac­ulty union strike is about to en­ter a fourth week.

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