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 remained open through Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  All public comments were submitted via this web page to assure all parties were aware of the public comments.

Following the public comment period, a public stakeholder meeting was held on August 29th. Two programs were invited to submit full proposals for review to the ODHE program approval process and to the Higher Learning Commission.

Clark State Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Addictions and Integrated Treatment Services
Sinclair Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology
Stark State College Applied Bachelor's Degree in Management Accounting


Programs Approved to Move Forward

Clark State Community College Bachelor of Applied Science in Web Design and Development
Zane State College Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology in Protection and Control