COLUMBUS — State Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) recently honored Clark State Community College (CSCC) for its innovative approach to higher education at the dedication of the new Rafinski Student Success Center.
The dedication of the Student Success Center to Karen Rafinski recognizes the former CSCC president’s commitment to the university throughout her 16 years in the role.
During the dedication ceremony, Widener joined CSCC President Jo Alice Blondin, Chancellor Carey from the Ohio Department of Education and other leaders in higher education to commemorate the progress the university has made in recent years, particularly the performance-based funding model that drives student success.
“We are changing the way we think about education and in turn are approaching funding differently,” Widener stated in a release. “I am proud to say the approach is working. We are giving students the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to meet job demands right here in Ohio. This progress has resulted largely from the changes made by CSCC and other institutions of higher education to provide students with the right tools to compete in today’s workforce.”
The performance-based skills funding model took effect in 2012, when Ohio Governor John Kasich and former OSU President E. Gordon Gee gathered together the state’s two- and four-year institution presidents to develop recommendations to address the needs of the entire higher educational system.
“CSCC is focused on student success. Students can currently receive a five to ten percent tuition rebate based on academic achievement, which encourages student performance and provides tuition relief,” Widener stated. “The Rafinksi Student Success Center will aid current and future students by providing services that will equip our future workforce with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession.”
The new Rafinski Student Success Center will house academic and student support services including computer labs, tutoring, testing accessibility services, advising and small group study areas. The center connects Rhodes Hall and the Library Resource Center.