The Sinclair Board of Trustees voted January 31, 2015 to pass a host of resolutions as they wrapped up their annual Board Advance.
Among the resolutions were motions to instruct President Johnson to complete a feasibility study and roadmap on Sinclair offering bachelor's degrees, as well as a plan on financing options for the remainder of the Sinclair Master Plan for the Dayton campus. The feasibility study will be brought back to the Board by mid-2015.
The Trustees also passed resolutions calling for the college to work with the Board of Regents to begin exploring a neurodiagnostic technology degree at the request of local medical providers, and to support the local BikeShare program by investing in bike stations available to students and employees. Additionally, the Board voted to invest $200,000 in College Credit Plus incentives and scholarships for area school districts and students.
"Sinclair's Board voted to authorize our institution to begin immediately doing our due diligence on the process of establishing bachelor's degrees," Sinclair President Steve Johnson said. "This decision was typical of the leadership for which our board has been nationally recognized. Additionally, from our Master Plan, to meeting the needs of local employers, to participating in local initiatives, our Board again demonstrated this institution's commitment to this community."
Sinclair serves nearly 40,000 unduplicated students each year, making Sinclair the third largest community college in Ohio and one of the largest colleges of any kind in Southwest Ohio. The college was recognized with the Exemplary CEO and Board Award of Excellence by the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014. Sinclair offers over 220 accredited degree and certificate programs and has awarded more degree and certificates than any other community college in the state of Ohio over the last five years. National leaders such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partner with Sinclair on critical projects such as the Completion by Design initiative which seeks to eliminate barriers to student completion.