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Closure Information & Resources for Students

The Urbana University Branch Campus announced closure on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and will cease enrollments at the end of the 2020 Spring Semester.

FAQs

Accreditation
Urbana University is a branch campus of Franklin University.  Franklin University is accedited by the Higher learning Commission.

Are my credits considered regionally accredited, even if the branch campus is closed? 
Yes. All credits earned at the Urbana University Branch Campus are valid even after the branch campus has closed. Urbana University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through its association with Franklin University and credits will be considered for transfer by any other regionally accredited institution.

Will my degree from the Urbana University Branch Campus still be considered valuable?
Yes, your degree from the Urbana University Branch Campus is still valuable. It will be recognized by employers and other colleges/universities as a valid degree with full regional accreditation.

What will happen to my academic records after closure?
Academic records will be preserved and accessible after Urbana University Branch campus closes. Records will be transferred to Franklin University and can be accessed through the Franklin University Registrar's Office.

Transferring of Credit
The institution you transfer to will determine how many Urbana credits are accepted. All of your Urbana credits are regionally accredited. For students enrolled in programs that are not currently available online at Franklin, we have established teach-out plans with Capital University, Central State University, Wittenberg University and the University of Charleston (W. Va.) to provide a more seamless transfer and help you maximize your credit. 

Can I transfer into Franklin's online programs?
Franklin University will accept any Urbana University Branch Campus student who would like to transfer into an online version of their program at Franklin, at Franklin’s reduced tuition rate of $398 per credit hour. Students interested in this pathway should contact advising@urbana.edu for more information.

There is not an online version of my program offered at Franklin University. What are my options?
For students enrolled in programs that are not currently available online at Franklin, we have established teach-out plans with the following institutions to provide a more seamless transfer and help you maximize your credit. Academic Advisors are available to speak with students about completing their program through Franklin University or another university. Students can request an official transcript, free of charge until June 30th, to aide in the transfer process, if needed.

Capital University
https://www.capital.edu/admission/transfer-students/transfer-application/
Email:  admission@capital.edu

Central State University
https://www.centralstate.edu/prospects/index.php?num=39
Phone: (800) 388-CSU1 (2781)

Wittenberg University
https://www.wittenberg.edu/admission/welcome-new-students
Email:  transferwitt@wittenberg.edu

University of Charleston (W. Va.)
https://www.ucwv.edu/undergraduate-transfer-students-urbana/
Email:  admissions@ucwv.edu

The following is a list of schools that have reached out and expressed interest in helping Urbana Branch Campus students who wish to transfer:  

Ashland University
https://www.ashland.edu/admissions/admission-requirements/transfer-students
Email:  enrollme@ashland.edu

Chatham University
https://chatham.edu/admission-and-aid/undergraduate/admission-info/transfer.html
Email:  undergraduate@chatham.edu

Clark State University
https://www.clarku.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply/transfer-applicants/
Email:  admissions@clarku.edu

Marian University
https://www.marianuniversity.edu/admission-financial-aid/transfer-students/
Email:  admission@marianuniversity.edu

Thomas More University
https://www.thomasmore.edu/admissions/transfer-students/
Email:  admissions@Thomasmore.edu

Wright State University
https://www.wright.edu/request-info/right-here-right-now-wright-state-urbana
Email:  transfer@wright.edu

Are there specific schools that I should consider transferring to?
Choosing which school you will transfer to is completely up to you. However, in order to help you maximize the value of the credits you have earned at Urbana University, we have signed major-specific transfer agreements with the following universities to assist students enrolled in the following Urbana majors: Education (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent to Young Adult and Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate teacher licensure areas), Environmental Science, Liberal Arts and Mathematics. 

Currently, the list of universities includes Capital University, Central State University, Wittenberg University and the University of Charleston (W. Va.). 

Will the partner transfer schools honor my UU scholarships? 
In addition to helping you maximize your transfer credit, these partner transfer schools have also expressed a willingness to extend supplemental financial aid opportunities and waiving transfer and application fees but will not carry over any scholarships you received at Urbana. 

What programs will be automatically transferred to Franklin University and will students in those programs need to apply to Franklin?
Students currently enrolled in the Urbana University Branch's College Credit Plus, Post-Baccalaureate Education, MBA-Healthcare, and London Correctional Institute certificate programs will be automatically transferred to Franklin University and will not need to re-apply to the program.

Teach-out Arrangements
Franklin University is able to provide online program options for all but a few of the Urbana University Branch Campus programs. For programs that were only offered at the Urbana campus, Franklin Franklin has established teach-out plans with Capital University, Central State University, Wittenberg University and the University of Charleston (W. Va.) to provide a more seamless transfer and help you maximize your credit. Programs offered only at the Urbana branch campus, and therefore suspended at this time include the following:

  • Environmental Science 
  • Adolescent to Young Adult
  • American Education Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Intervention Specialist: Mild to Moderate
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Childhood Education

What about my current spring semester Urbana Branch Campus classes?
All current spring courses will continue as scheduled.

How do I request my Urbana Branch Campus transcripts?
You may request your transcript, free of charge until June 30th, by clicking here >

How do I request a syllabus for a course I took at Urbana?
You may request a syllabi by clicking here >

What if I need my Education Program Assessment records from the School of Education (i.e. Field hour logs, Stanford Test Scores)?
All School of Education students are able to download their Education Program Assessment records (i.e. Field hour logs, Stanford Test Scores) from Taskstream. Students will continue to have access to Taskstream. 

What if my transfer institution will only accept my Education Program Assessment records (i.e. Field hour logs, Stanford Test Scores) directly from my previous institution?
The School of Education is developing a process by which you will be able to request School of Education Records be sent directly from the School of Education to your transfer institution. Once the process is finalized it will be communicated to School of Education students. 

How/when will prospective students receive their deposit back?
During the week of May 4, we will be returning any deposits received for the 2020-21 academic year. We will issue refunds electronically for deposits submitted online and send checks for all other payment forms. 

Spring 2020 Graduation (Content Updated May 4, 2020)
All students eligible to graduate at the end of spring 2020 semester will still do so with all the same rights and privileges.  As we all continue to adhere to Ohio’s social distancing mandates, it is clear that we will no longer be able to gather in person for the spring 2020 commencement ceremony. Instead, to provide an opportunity to celebrate, the in-person ceremony will be adapted to a virtual event, which will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m.

Ceremony and graduation details will be posted to urbana.edu as all details are finalized.

Will Urbana still hold commencement ceremonies for students who are eligible to graduate in May 2020?
Urbana University’s 2020 Commencement will be held virtually on Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m.

Details will be posted to urbana.edu as all details are finalized.

If I qualify for Spring 2020 graduation, will I receive an Urbana Branch Campus diploma?
Yes, all Spring 2020 Urbana graduates will receive an Urbana Branch Campus diploma.

How do I return materials borrowed from the library or OhioLink?
If you currently have materials borrowed from the Urbana University library or through OhioLink/Interlibrary loan (excluding laptops), please return them to the dropbox located outside the front of the library. If you are unable to physically come to the library to return items, please contact Samantha.kapp@urbana.edu to make arrangements. 

School of Education
The Urbana Branch Campus School of Education will suspend new enrollments and current bachelor's programs for the immediate future while the program is moved to Franklin University's Main Campus in Columbus Ohio. The Post-Bacc program will continue in fall 2020 as a fully online program. More information will be released about which licensure areas will be available through Franklin. 

Schools Accepting Urbana Transfer Students
Franklin University will accept any Urbana University Branch Campus student who would like to transfer into an online version of their program at Franklin. Students interested in this pathway should contact their academic advisor for more information. For students who would like to transfer elsewhere, campus officials are working to identify institutions similar to Urbana University to help our students through the transfer process. As soon as more information is available, details will be posted here.

Career Guidance for School of Education Students
Ohio Means Jobs is a repository of current open positions throughout the state of Ohio. OMJ was designed to give graduating students and people seeking employment a single place to complete elements of the job search and to apply for positions in the state. Currently OMJ is holding virtual career fairs, monthly. Those virtual fairs can be accessed here. OMJ can be found here.  

There are many employers seeking employees in many different industries. The Center for Career Development has compiled a list of employers that are seeking to hire immediately. The list is constantly updated and has employers with many different types of employment. That list can be found here.

In addition to the employers hiring now, we have many different tools and resources on the Career Development site that can help you navigate your job search. 

Career Development recommends that you work on your career social media just as much as your other social media. LinkedIn is a great tool to getting connected to over 85 million people and jobs. Columbus Native, Jeff Young, also known as, The LinkedIn Guru offers free videos and tutorials on how to setup your LinkedIn profile in a manner that will get you seen. 

Education Majors can locate jobs within the state of Ohio on the Ohio Department of Education website. There you’ll find jobs in districts throughout the state from full time to long term substitute positions, and more! All open positions can easily be located and filtered through.

Will services such as academic advising or career services be available to me?
The Urbana University Branch Campus is working to support all impacted students. However, at this time we are unable to take individual calls from students. A university representative will be made available in the coming days. Communication will be made directly with students.

I have disability accommodations. Do I have to go through the same application process when I transfer to another institution?
Because each institution has different processes in place, it will be up to that institution to guide you on specifics. You may request copies of your disability accommodations from the Urbana University Branch Campus if you require that information.

Admission deadlines at many schools have passed for the 2020-21 academic year. Did I miss the window to enroll somewhere else this fall?
No. Many schools are still accepting applications and we are reaching out to identify several local institutions that will make special accommodations for impacted Urbana University Branch Campus students. A university representative will be made available in the coming days to support your potential transfer.