Growth Expected to Continue at Ohio State Newark
NEWARK, Ohio, October 28, 2015 — Fifty years from now, The Ohio State University at Newark will have several new buildings, more student housing and a larger student population. That’s according to Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William MacDonald. MacDonald made a presentation about the future of the Newark campus at a lunch meeting of the Newark Rotary Club on Tuesday (October 27).
“Over the years we’ve seen tremendous growth,” said MacDonald. “There have been many changes and will continue to be changes, but one thing has stayed and will stay the same. Our mission is to provide affordable access to Ohio State. That will not change.”
MacDonald started the presentation by looking to the past. He told the crowd about the humble beginnings of the campus in 1957 when university courses were taught in Newark High School and in the basements of area churches. In 1969, Founders Hall was constructed. At that time, the campus served 80 students from Licking County. Today, Ohio State Newark has nearly 2500 students and serves students from across the state of Ohio.
“In 2007, when Ohio State in Columbus became more selective, more students chose to start their Ohio State career in Newark,” said MacDonald. “Our residence halls made that possible. Many of our students spend a year or two in Newark and then move on to Columbus. More than 50% of our student body is made
up of first year students.”
MacDonald said the Newark campus is a popular option for students because of its beautiful campus, affordability and teaching-focused faculty.
“Since 1992, eight faculty members at Ohio State Newark have won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. That award is the highest award you can get for teaching at Ohio State,” said MacDonald. “Our faculty members are also involved in wonderful research that our students can be involved in.”
MacDonald said plans for a new residence hall on the Newark campus are underway. The 120-bed facility is scheduled to open for autumn semester of 2017.
“Soon, we will enter the design phase, and that is really exciting,” said MacDonald. MacDonald showed Rotarians artist renderings of what the new residence hall could look like.
MacDonald said much of the growth of the Newark campus can also be attributed to the wonderful partnership Ohio State Newark has with Central Ohio Technical College. Both institutions share the Newark location and have a cost-shared arrangement.
A new facilities building was recently constructed on campus and is set to open in December. The 15,000 square-foot facility will replace approximately 9,000 square feet of grounds-maintenance operations currently located in Adena Hall. The construction cost approximately $3.65 million, which was supported through state and local funding. Expenses are shared by Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State’s more than 200 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.