Applied Bachelor's Degrees

Request for Information (RFI)


Applied Bachelor's Degree Programs

Purpose: Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3333.051, enacted pursuant to Amended Substitute House Bill 49 of the 132nd General Assembly, directed the chancellor of higher education to establish a program under which community colleges, state community colleges, and technical colleges may apply to offer applied bachelor’s degrees. The Chancellor established the program through Directive-098 and will, in accordance with the Directive, periodically issue a Request for Information (RFI) to open an application process for institutions.

The first request for information from Ohio’s community, state community and technical colleges interested in offering applied bachelor’s degrees was released on September 26, 2017. Information on that RFI can be found here.

Questions concerning completion of the request for information can be emailed to and copied to


Program Submissions

ODHE staff reviewed all RFI submissions, and the programs below were found to be consistent with the minimum requirements identified in ORC 3333.051 and ODHE Directive 2017-098. The 10-business-day public comment period for these programs will remain open until Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  All public comments must submitted via this web page to assure all parties are aware of the public comments.

ODHE accepts public comments from individuals in the community, colleges/universities, and business/industry. Public comments from business and industry are most useful if they provide specific data on job openings, numbers of graduates that will be hired from the program (annually or over a period of time) and/or other explicit ways the business/industry has agreed to partner with the campus. Public comments from colleges and universities opposing the program should identify the specific reason(s) that the proposed program is not needed, e.g., data demonstrating the workforce need is currently being met, the ways the college or university that opposes the program has specifically reached out to business/industry in the region to meet workforce need, and/or the ways the college or university has expressed a willingness to work with the college requesting the program on pathways from the community college into the college or university.

Following the public comment period and a public stakeholder meeting tentatively scheduled for the week of August 27th (specific date forthcoming), programs that are approved to move forward, if any, will be invited to submit full proposals for review to the ODHE program approval process and to the Higher Learning Commission.

To provide public comment, click on the Program Title to be taken to the comment page.

Clark State Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Addictions and Integrated Treatment Services
Clark State Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Web Design and Development
Sinclair Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology
Stark State College Applied Bachelor's Degree in Management Accounting
Zane State College Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology in Protection and Control