Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology

Institution: 
Sinclair Community College
Approval Status: 
Pending Comments
Comment Period: 
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:15pm to Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:15pm

Comments

Comment: 
I do not support Sinclair College's proposal. Community colleges were intended to aid students in their technical and initial academic work, and if community colleges receive BA/BS program approval they will switch to focusing on BA & not AA/technical training, thereby ignoring their mandate and original purpose. Then – who will serve those students? In addition, providing additional competition in Ohio in the BA/BS lane endangers both state and private institutions during a period in which both high school and adult program populations are in decline and possibly wastes community college resources should these programs flounder; resources that should be better used to help students in their current community college programs.

Comment: 
As a former alumni of the biotech associate degree program, I have seen first hand how valuable the skills taught in these classes are. If a bachelor degree program was made available it would be more convenient for me to balance work/life schedule. As of right now, I'm working full time and I feel like most 4-year colleges aren't flexible enough for me to work and go to school. Sinclair is great at providing convenient class schedules for busy adults like myself and at a good cost. The biotechnology program is in high demand throughout Ohio, and at my current employer, Procter and Gamble, was very impressed with how well Sinclair prepared students for lab work. Sinclair has provided the foundation to start my career and now it's time for Sinclair to have a bachelor's program so I can continue my education.

Comment: 
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sinclair Community College for the atmosphere, the accessibility, ease of scheduling and the staff. The biotechnology course allowed cutting edge education of fields, methods and technology I did not know existed. The course instructors are all knowledgeable and were readily available for further help even on satellite campuses where the course was also being taught. I am anxious to continue on for my BS but would prefer to pursue and continue it in the biotechnology field. Biotechnology is a new field of study but still well established that laboratories, companies and industries are seeking individuals trained in right here in Ohio. Acquiring a BAS in biotechnology would put Sinclair graduates at an advantage and put the college at the top of the list for future students. This course is being taught at local tech high schools such as MVCTC. A BAS ion biotechnology being offered at a nearby more affordable college would allow those students to continue their education in the field and would make Sinclair more appealing to them.

Comment: 
Community Blood Center / Community Tissue Services is a 501c3 that is in the blood and tissue banking industries. We have approximately 650 employees nationally and $130M in annual revenues. We distribute blood in the Dayton region and human allografts around the world. Our business is thriving and trying to find great employees. We would love to have educated employees with a biotech background. Our employees with a bachelor's degree can progress into management and because of that we value a bachelor degree. We enjoy working with Sinclair Community College because of their responsiveness to our requests and their ability to send us talented students / graduates who we can employ. They seem to do a good job promoting biotech and are willing to work with businesses to understand our needs. We appreciate everything they try to do to help us win the war for talent.

Comment: 
To anyone this may concern, I am a graduate of the associates program in biotechnology from Sinclair community college. This degree has been beneficial and programs tremendous. However there is still a demand for bachelor degrees in the industry. Applying to jobs alot require you to have a bachelor's degree. I so work for a company that hires associates but it would more beneficial to my job as well as my career with that company to have a bachelor's in biotechnology. Trying to transfer to other universities have been rough because while they are great programs there isnt much out there in the discipline of biotechnology. This is a growing field and has so much to offer. If approved this new program would reflect the benefits of that. I hope you take all of this into account of the decision making!

Comment: 
I am a current student enrolled in the two year program at Sinclair for biotechnology. Sinclair is not the first college I have been to, I have also attended a traditional four year university as well as a different community college. That is why I can strongly say that Sinclair has, by far, provided the most opportunities and support for their students than any college I know of. Offering a four year degree for biotechnology would make Sinclair be able to provide more connections and opportunities to the students in the program. The two year program is advanced and provides a vast knowledge of this field. However with most companies, students are finding they either don't meet the degree qualifications or once they are in the company, they are not able to advance without a higher degree. Along with this, most students that attend Sinclair cannot afford to go to a traditional four year university to continue their education after finishing at Sinclair. Therefore they can find themselves in a rut in the workforce. If Sinclair offered a four year degree program for biotechnology, these students would be able to obtain the education level they desire while being able to afford it. I believe the four year degree in biotechnology would benefit students and their futures, so it should be implemented into Sinclair.

Comment: 
As a former graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology, the addition of the Bachelor program would be a major asset. This is particularly due to the fact that transferring credits to a different university has proven to be difficult, other universities have asked that I take classes that I have previously taken. Another benefit of the addition of the Bachelor program at Sinclair would also be the cost. Sinclair is much more affordable than most four year universities and offering a cheaper option would be a fantastic option for many students; past, present, and future. Another huge benefit of this program would be allowing graduates to obtain a Bachelor degree and further their careers. Thank you for your consideration

Comment: 
1. My background includes 30+yrs of designing, implementing & maintaining quality systems in the Biotechnology world, both for profit and not for profit models. 2. My workforce needs emphasize a personal accountability for quality as well as a thorough understanding of the current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, Good Laboratory Practice regulations and the ISO regulations. Our research in cancer and diabetes were subject to scrutiny by the Food & Drug Administration. 3. Over a 15 year period I have had many rewarding interactions with SCC Biotechnology team of first class educators. I had the honor of presenting an annual quality/regulatory update to the students in the program. I also worked on development of the original curriculum with Phyllis and Kuntavi Natarajan. During my time as the Quality Systems Manager @ The Rogosin Institute in Xenia, I was able to hire one of the students from Susan's class as a part time/intern and her performance was so impressive that we then hired her full time and she is still a member of the RIXD team today!

Comment: 
UES is enthusiastic in our support of Sinclair Community College’s application for a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology. The Biotech Sector is estimated to account for about 15% of Ohio’s economic output. UES with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, has played a significant role in expanding the research and technology base of this sector. Our region’s continued economic growth is driven by the qualified and skilled technologists that Sinclair’s programs create. UES has had a positive and productive relationship with the Biotechnology Associates Degree program over the past eight years. During this time, UES has hired three Sinclair Biotechnology students, two of which are now full-time employees. Additionally, Dr. Melanie Tomczak, Director of Biological and Nanoscale Technologies at UES, sits on the advisory board for the program and is impressed with how the program stays up-to-date with the rapidly evolving field of Biotechnology.

Comment: 
- There is potential for duplication of proposed curriculum with existing curricula (B.S. in Biology) across the state, and possibly more in line with programs offered at Wright State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio State University. To that end, some of the General Education science courses at Cleveland State University (CSU) feature many of the outcomes of the proposed program in Biotechnology. As another relevant note, Biotechnology represents a portion of the B.S. in Biology program at CSU. - Unclear on the level of credentialed, research-active instructional staff that specializes in the areas needed to constitute the Biotechnology program, based on the fact that curricula vitae were not available for review. Additionally, the absence of syllabi in the application contributed to the lack of clarity. - Unclear on the availability of specialized equipment, some of which quite expensive, necessary to run labs associated with the proposed program.

Comment: 
As an older student transitioning into a new career, I believe that having an opportunity to receive a Bachelor's degree in biotechnology at Sinclair Community College is a chance that I never thought I would see. Having a full time job and a family, I don't always have the time or money available to attend a university in pursuit of a degree. Attending Sinclair Community College allows me the flexibility I need without costing too much or putting my family and me into massive debt that could possibly follow me beyond my retirement years. Many students in my situation, changing careers, are able to successfully transition with a Associates degree that Sinclair Community College offers, but being able to receive a Bachelor's degree would ensure greater success beyond school. Although an Associates degree can get you many places, a Bachelor's would lead to more possibilities and potentially further success in a student's career. I know, for one, that if Sinclair Community College is granted the ability to offer Bachelor's degrees, I would be among the first to sign on. Although I more than happy with an Associates, having a Bachelor's degree is the true goal of mine.

Comment: 
First I would like to offer my gratitude for the opportunity to be heard in this matter. I am a current student at Sinclair Community College and I can vouch for the huge impact that the ability to obtain a Bachelors of Biotechnology would make in the lives of the students. The difference in pay range between one with an Associate's degree versus one with a Bachelor's is literally life altering for students like me who are single parents. It is the difference between being self supporting and being dependent on relatives and the Welfare system. The degree is extremely relevant in the Dayton region, many companies in this area are hiring in the field. They are looking for skilled, qualified individuals usually with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. Being able to obtain a Bachelors of Biotechnology in a location easily accessible and affordable means more employed individuals who are earning a sustainable wage, no longer in need of assistance from Welfare, giving back into our local economy. It eliminates the difficulty which students face in attempting to transfer credits, as often universities require classes to be retaken which is an insurmountable cost to some families. This opportunity represents so much more than just another Bachelors degree to our students, it represents hope and pride, it represents a new life that some of us have never had the opportunity to experience. My sincere thanks in your consideration of granting Sinclair the ability to offer this degree to its students.

Comment: 
I am a current student enrolled at Sinclair and I'm majoring in Biotechnology. My experience at Sinclair has been nothing but positive. The Biotech program is incredibly in-depth and I am excited to one day use my skills in the workplace. The reason I chose to attend Sinclair was due to the affordability and the ease of scheduling classes around my family responsibilities. Sinclair gave me the possibility to earn a degree that I could not have achieved at a traditional college. I can only see the inclusion of a Bachelor's degree in Biotech at Sinclair as a wonderful new opportunity for students like myself, who may otherwise have been unable to afford or access higher education.

Comment: 
I am a current student enrolled at Sinclair and I'm majoring in Biotechnology. My experience at Sinclair has been nothing but positive. The Biotech program is incredibly in-depth and I am excited to one day use my skills in the workplace. The reason I chose to attend Sinclair was due to the affordability and the ease of scheduling classes around my family responsibilities. Sinclair gave me the possibility to earn a degree that I could not have achieved at a traditional college. I can only see the inclusion of a Bachelor's degree in Biotech at Sinclair as a wonderful new opportunity for students like myself, who may otherwise have been unable to afford or access higher education.

Comment: 
The Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) is a major DoD medical research command and the home of the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory and the Environmental Health Effects Laboratory. As a subordinate command to Naval Medical Research Center, NAMRU-D conducts aerospace medical and environmental health effects research to enhance warfighter health, safety, performance and readiness. We address identified Fleet needs and results in products and solutions ranging from basic knowledge to fielded technologies. To accomplish this mission, we are reliant on expert scientists and research assistants capable of performing world class scientific research. Sinclair graduates or current students comprise a number of NAMRU-D's past and present scientists, research assistants and scientific support staff.

Comment: 
I fully support this initiative with every fiber of my being. I am currently attending Miami University Regionals in Middletown Ohio (Forensic Science), and I would trade my current experience for another go around at Sinclair one hundred times over. The two schools pale in comparison to eachother with Sinclair easily taking the crown. This is what the school needs, this is what I need, but most important it is what our community needs. I David Garrett can not wait to see this happen! May the force be with you....

Comment: 
I graduated the biotechnology program at Sinclair. I think adding a bachelors degree for this program would be more benefical to students and the employment community. I’ve searched through indeed and linked in. There are places that will hire with just an associates degree I’ve also seen many jobs with the skills we learn requiring a bachelors degree. If sinclair were to obtained this degree there would be many more opurtunties for students and employers. I fully support sinclair.

Comment: 
Hello Everyone, My name is Marquise Crosby. I’m currently a 4th year senior in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Wright State Univ. I lived in Dayton, Ohio for over 15years and even when I was 8 years old I remember hearing about Sinclair Community College. How it was the pioneer in community college education for our area and how students from other nearby states would commute to Sinclair for higher education. It's no wonder to me now why people sought after Sinclair with its convenient location in Downtown Dayton, its strong ties with local universities such as Wright State Univ. and Univ. of Dayton, it’s extremely affordable credit hours and connections to career opportunities in the area. I graduated from the Biotechnology program of Applied Science at Sinclair in 2014. Studying in this program helped me develop lab techniques, lab skills, and general understandings of how labs work and how labs are ran. It also exposed to the real need for scientist and technical lab workers in our area. After graduation many of my peers struggled a couple months looking for jobs willing to take a person with only a 2year degree. And still today it’s fairly difficult to land lab technical positions with only 2years education and no outside lab experience. Do not get me wrong, I am very thankful to this program for setting me up the stepping stones I needed to elevate myself and its exposure to all the different niches in our field. However, to ready be competitive in the workforce I still needed to pursue more education as a lot of jobs and research opportunities in the area often require more than what I had at the time. Transferred to Wright State Univ., was not as smooth as I would have liked either. I learned that it would still be another 3-4 years of me studying at Wright State before I could get a Bachelors in Biology or Chemistry, even though I already possessed a two year degree. It is unfortunate that Sinclair could not produce a student that had that 4 year requirement met and could join the scientific workforce in our area at a quicker pace. Sinclair has always prided itself on producing alumni that the community needs in a most efficient manner as possible. I believe allowing Sinclair to have a 4year Biotech degree only strengthens that credibility and overall strengthens the great quality of students this school already produces. Thank you, Marquise Crosby

Comment: 
I am a current student at Sinclair and I'm enrolled in the two year program for Biotechnology. I have already finished my first year and am getting ready to begin my second. I chose Sinclair because I knew I wanted to major in the field of Biotechnology and Sinclair was the only local college that listed Biotech as one of their majors. Not only is the campus essentially right in my back door, its affordable and the Biotech program itself offers so many amazing opportunities that I know people wouldn't find anywhere else. This college and this program are for those students that can't afford, or simply just aren't interested in going to an expensive well known school, but still love to be in the lab and challenging themselves constantly. In addition, its for those that don't want the irritation of competing with hundreds of other students to ask a question. Sinclair provides students with the same education that other schools do, but with smaller class sizes and more affordable tuition. In my own personal opinion, it would only make sense to offer this program as a four year degree because it would only help students that much more in terms of learning the material and performing well in the competitive and high demand workforce. By offering a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology, the students like me will have less debt after school, better understanding of the curriculum and better yet, they won't have to worry about transferring credits to another school. In conclusion, I am very satisfied with my time spent with Sinclair in their Biotechnology program and I would love for this to turn into a four year program not only for me, but for the other curious minds out there that are dying to work in this field.

Comment: 
After graduating from Sinclair with my AAS in Biotechnology, I am realizing how limited my options are for obtaining employment that meets my financial needs. An Associate’s degree provides a good foundation, but jobs are limited and the salary range is fairly low for entry level positions. Another issue I have encountered is the lack of options transferring to a 4-year college. After meeting with advisors from colleges in the area, I have found out that I will need several additional credit hours in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics because of a difference in the core curriculum. Furthermore, the cost of tuition at one of the colleges has a rate per credit hour that is five times the amount that Sinclair proposes to charge their students, and only offers to accept 67 credit hours from a 2-year college. With the growing demand for biology technicians and research associates, I feel it is so important for students like myself to have the option to obtain a bachelor’s degree that is focused on learning and applying advanced laboratory skills and techniques that are involved in the Biotechnology industry. Sinclair has great professors and faculty members that are extremely knowledgeable and supportive of their students, so I have full confidence that the addition of a Baccalaureate program in Biotechnology will be a success, and they will be able to offer students a more affordable and seamless transition to continue their education.

Comment: 
Community Tissue Services is a leader in providing human tissue grafts for transplant to save and enhance lives, based in Dayton/Kettering, Ohio. The development and utilization of emerging technologies in tissue engineering and biomechanics assist us in the discovery of innovative solutions that enhance tissue transplant technology. Several graduates of the current Tissue Banking Certificate Program are currently employed at CTS. Having a Bachelor degree program that is relative to our field will be another source of qualified staff for our management and higher level positions as we continue to grow in the industry.

Comment: 
I am writing this letter to enthusiastically support of Sinclair Community College’s bachelor degree in biotechnology. I currently am employed by Evokes, LLC based out of Mason, OH. Evokes is an established and innovative company with a priority of protecting neurological structures. Regionally, we have over 40 highly qualified registered technologists as a product of the most stringent training program in the industry. Evokes provides exclusive pediatric and trauma intraoperative neuromonitoring in Cincinnati, Dayton, Kentucky and the surrounding tri-state areas. We provide unmatched intraoperative neuromonitiong for our hospitals, surgeons and patients. We currently serve 40 hospitals, more than 100 surgeons and are continually adding more every day. Nationally, Evokes is the education and training center for our parent company Medsurant Health, which is composed of approximately of 170 sister-companies like Evokes through out the country. Medsurant Health has developed contracts and services with over 330 hospitals and facilities and nearly 900 physicians and surgeons throughout the United States. Staffing consists of MD/DO’s and clinical neuromonitorists who have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Au.D. or PhD degrees. We have previously hired several associate-degree graduates of Sinclair at our company. These students have been well prepared and are strong performers and assets within our company. However, new standards now require licensed neuromonitoring technologist to have a minimum of a bachelors degree. We believe future bachelor degree graduates of Sinclair’s program will adequately be able to support our workforce demand. Students from Sinclair will be strong, nationally-competitive, candidates in the exciting and rewarding career of intraoperative neuromonitoring.

Comment: 
I am writing this letter to enthusiastically support of Sinclair Community College’s bachelor degree in biotechnology. I currently am employed by Evokes, LLC based out of Mason, OH. Evokes is an established and innovative company with a priority of protecting neurological structures. Regionally, we have over 40 highly qualified registered technologists as a product of the most stringent training program in the industry. Evokes provides exclusive pediatric and trauma intraoperative neuromonitoring in Cincinnati, Dayton, Kentucky and the surrounding tri-state areas. We provide unmatched intraoperative neuromonitiong for our hospitals, surgeons and patients. We currently serve 40 hospitals, more than 100 surgeons and are continually adding more every day. Nationally, Evokes is the education and training center for our parent company Medsurant Health, which is composed of approximately of 170 sister-companies like Evokes through out the country. Medsurant Health has developed contracts and services with over 330 hospitals and facilities and nearly 900 physicians and surgeons throughout the United States. Staffing consists of MD/DO’s and clinical neuromonitorists who have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Au.D. or PhD degrees. We have previously hired several associate-degree graduates of Sinclair at our company. These students have been well prepared and are strong performers and assets within our company. However, new standards now require licensed neuromonitoring technologist to have a minimum of a bachelors degree. We believe future bachelor degree graduates of Sinclair’s program will adequately be able to support our workforce demand. Students from Sinclair will be strong and nationally-competitive candidates in the exciting and rewarding career of intraoperative neuromonitoring.

Comment: 
Community Tissue Services is a leader in providing human tissue allografts for transplant to save and enhance lives, based in Dayton/Kettering, Ohio. The development and utilization of emerging technologies in tissue engineering and biomechanics assist us in the discovery of innovative solutions that enhance tissue transplant technology. Several graduates of the current Tissue Banking Certificate Program are currently employed at CTS. Having a Bachelor degree program that is relative to our field will be another source of qualified staff for our management and higher level positions as we continue to grow in the industry.

Comment: 
I am pleased to offer our enthusiastic support for your Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology, submmited to the Ohio Department of Education. You are certainly listening to what bioscience related companies in the region need, and their remains a shortage of employees properly trained in biotechnology related laboratory skills. That is what the companies keep telling all of us. BioOhio is Ohio’s bioscience industry organization, a non-profit member guided service organization, now in our 31st year, that connects and supports Ohio’s bioscience community through networking, advocacy, events, talent, information, and cost savings. We represent over 300 members that employ over 100,000 Ohioans. Lots of data about Ohio’s bioscience industry can be found in the Ohio Bioscience Growth Report https://www.bioohio.com/ohio/. Lots of other talent related data and career information for the biosciences in Ohio can be found at https://www.bioohio.com/students-and-education/explore-careers/. Over the past 15 years, we do publish from time to time, a jobs openings list which consistently shows Ohio with between 1,400-1,600 bioscience related opening, including those being addressed by Sinclair’s Program. Sinclair has been a very valuable part of the Ohio bioscience ecosystem for a long time. For at least 20 years, BioOhio has been part of Sinclair’s Biotechnology Advisory Counsel and their engagement with the business community is always refreshing. Starting in 2008, Sinclair was one of six Ohio Community Colleges to engage with BioOhio on the US Department of Labor funded, Bioworkforce Training Program, helping to develop core skills for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostics manufacturing companies. Although the program ended in 2014, it was a tremendous success statewide with Sinclair exceeding targets in both graduations and placements. We offer our strong support for this proposal as it will help address a gap in Bioworkforce training, matching a shortage in corporate skills key for growth with a pool of underemployed within the region.

Comment: 
Wright State University (WSU) offers BS degrees in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience, all of which provide students with lab skills and experiential learning in the community that prepare students for the jobs listed in this proposal. The latter two programs were approved by ODHE within the last two years and collectively have grown to 130 students. It is part of the WSU College of Science and Mathematics 5 year plan to require experiential learning for all Science and Math majors. The core courses for the proposed Sinclair program duplicate core requirements for the WSU degrees with the exception that the WSU 1000-2000 level courses are completed in the first two years rather than being spread out over the first 3 years. WSU curricula have substantial flexibility in years 3 and 4 such that a student interested in focusing on laboratory-based coursework and experiential learning can do so. As such, the Sinclair Community College curriculum does not offer opportunities that are not already available. Furthermore, WSU students have access to the equipment and instrumentation offered by the proposed program. A WSU BS degree in the three subjects identified above provides students with the skill sets and knowledge to prepare them for jobs across the Biological Sciences and Health fields, including the career options defined in the proposal by Sinclair.

Comment: 
DATE: August 16, 2018 FROM: K. John Morrow, Jr., PhD. 306 East 4th St Newport, KY 41071 TO: Angela Currier Chair and Professor of Biology/Biotechnology Sinclair Community College RE: Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology I am writing in support Of Sinclair Community College’s application for a Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology. Currently, I serve on the Biotechnology Advisory Board for the College. I have held this position for approximately 10 years, and I am very familiar with the department, it programs and their accomplishments over the years. I am CEO of Newport Biotech Consultants; my firm specializes in writing articles, books and reviews covering the field of biotechnology with a focus on antibody biotherapeutics. As such I am well informed of the state of the industry and its personnel needs. I enthusiastically endorse the Biology/Biotechnology Department’s application for a degree in biotechnology. This is a growing field and high quality/high paying jobs are opening up in the region, which represents a dramatic change in the SW Ohio job market, noted only in the last few years. With a number of institutions, including Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Health Science Center expanding their programs, there will clearly by a growing demand for trained technical staff. In addition, there are a number of spinoffs and private companies which have been formed to develop medical devices, new treatments for cancer and other diseases, and other therapeutic modalities. The bachelor’s degree is an ideal level of instruction for biotechnology training, as programs that award advanced degrees (Master’s and PhD level) may result in training inappropriate for the technical level. Sinclair is well positioned to produce quality graduates, and based on my knowledge of regional activities in biomedicine there will be ample choices for these individuals. I enthusiastically endorse this program and recommend its approval.

Comment: 
Thank you for providing the opportunity to respond to the proposed bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology at Sinclair Community College. Sinclair is located only 27 miles from Miami University’s Middletown campus and only 42 miles from Miami University’s Hamilton campus. Miami Regional Campuses currently has an Applied Biology bachelor’s degree in the final stage of approval at the state level. While the word “Biotechnology” is not in the name of the degree, there are many elements of the proposed program at Sinclair that are in large part covered in the Applied Biology bachelor’s degree at Miami Regionals so we expect graduates of these two programs will be competing for many of the same jobs. A specific curriculum review of the proposed Biotechnology program reveals substantial overlap between Sinclair courses mentioned in the proposal and courses in the Applied Biology program at Miami Regionals. There are more than a dozen courses or pairs of courses, ranging from broad areas (such as general biology and general chemistry) to more specific areas (such as cell biology and molecular techniques), that the two programs share. Additionally, both programs have similar ancillary requirements (such as statistics and ethics courses) and both involve experiential and hands-on learning opportunities for students (such as first-year experiences, lab work, and seminars or senior capstones). The Miami Regionals Applied Biology degree incorporates two useful certificates (OSHA10 and HAZWHOPER 40) that demonstrates professional proficiency in the field. By contrast, in the Sinclair proposal there do not appear to be identifiable means to demonstrate expertise or earn certifications and credentials in the field of biotechnology other than through the course work. In fact, the proposal states that graduates of the proposed program will not earn any industry-recognized credentials. The Sinclair proposal also does not indicate opportunities for students to conduct independent research in biotechnology; such opportunities are a key part of the Miami Regionals Applied Biology degree. The Miami Regionals program also allows undergraduates to conduct collaborative research with tenured faculty members; faculty in the Miami program have a stellar record in publishing and presenting scholarly work with undergraduates. There is no indication of such an opportunity in the Sinclair proposal. The proposed Sinclair Biotechnology degree prepares students to work in a lab; this is also an outcome for graduates of the Human Biology and Health Science track in the Applied Biology degree at Miami Regionals. Students receiving either of these degrees would then be competing for similar jobs. The incorporation of two certificates that demonstrate proficiency and readiness to enter the workforce, combined with the opportunity to have faculty-mentored research in the Miami Regionals program, could leave graduates of the proposed Sinclair program at a competitive disadvantage. Miami Regionals faculty have worked with local industry leaders and have incorporated the certifications described here because they allow students to work immediately, which is extremely beneficial when it comes to internships and eventual full-time employment. There would be no downtime obtaining certification for the Miami students; this would not be true for students in the Sinclair program. Finally, it is unclear that graduates of the proposed program would be prepared to pursue post-baccalaureate work in the health sciences if they became interested in doing so. Again, due to the broader range of Miami’s Applied Biology degrees, graduates will be well prepared if they wish to pursue such post-baccalaureate opportunities. Given the overlap in the two programs, some of the significant advantages of the Applied Biology program at the Miami Regionals, and the estimated start-up cost of $270,000 for the Sinclair Biotechnology program, careful consideration is called for in reviewing the proposed program.