Black College in Ohio Looks to Triple Its Enrollment

Central State University, the historically black educational institution in Wilberforce, Ohio, has set an ambitious plan for growth. There are currently about 1,800 students at the university. The goal is to have an enrollment of 6,000 students by 2017.

The Ohio board of regents approved a $10 million appropriation for the development of partnership relationships with five colleges and universities that will funnel students to Central State. The participating institutions in the partnerships are Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Sinclair Community College, and Cuyahoga Community College. Some of the money will also be used to upgrade campus facilities, improve infrastructure, and to increase student financial aid.

The board also approved a $23 million appropriation to build a new student center at Central State.