Sinclair Community College

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Sinclair Community College
Sinclairlogo.PNG
Motto Success Starts Here
Established 1887
Type Public
Endowment $21.0 million[1]
President Steven Lee Johnson
Students 28,000
Location Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Coordinates: 39°45′26″N 84°12′00″W / 39.75722°N 84.20000°W / 39.75722; -84.20000
Campus Urban
Mascot Tartan Pride
Website www.sinclair.edu

Sinclair Community College is an urban community college located in downtown Dayton, Ohio and is the largest community college at a single location in the state of Ohio.[2]

Sinclair had an enrollment of 25,345 students in 2009,[3] making the main campus one of the largest (by enrollment) community college campuses in North America.[4]

Because of special funding set up by the taxpayers of Montgomery County, the tuition of the college is the lowest in Ohio for residents of that county; the tuition necessary to complete an associate degree program can cost less than a single quarter’s tuition at other colleges.

Sinclair Community College was featured in a 2009 issue of The New York Times. The article explained how community colleges in the United States, like Sinclair, help to create jobs in an unstable economy. The article also stated that Sinclair is widely known as one of the best community colleges in the region.[5]

History[edit]

Sinclair Community College is named for David A. Sinclair, a Scottish immigrant and secretary of the Dayton YMCA (1874–1902), who founded the adult training school that eventually became Sinclair College in 1948.[6]

Under the leadership of Dr. David Ponitz, who served as president from 1975 to 1997, Sinclair became a model institution for community colleges by pioneering new approaches in technology and business curricula. The David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center (Building 12) is named after him.[7]

Campus[edit]

Sinclair Community College

Until 2006, the main campus in downtown Dayton was the college’s only learning area, aside from some classes held in area high schools, YMCAs, and other facilities.

Sinclair's satellite facilities are located in cities near Dayton: Englewood, Eaton, Huber Heights, and Mason.[8] Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Englewood Learning Center, located at the YMCA in Englewood, were held on May 8, 2006; for the Huber Heights Learning Center on September 22, 2006; and for the Courseview Campus Center in Mason on September 7, 2007. Classes began at the Preble County Learning Facility, located next to the YMCA in Eaton, on September 9, 2009.

Sinclair Community College is a purely commuter school and does not currently have any dorms or other forms of on-campus housing. Sinclair also offers over 180 different online courses.[9]

Academics[edit]

Accreditation[edit]

Welcome Sign

As of 2009, Sinclair is an accredited member of The Higher Learning Commission[10] of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[11] Sinclair is also a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. Programs of study are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.[11] Sinclair is authorized to grant associate degrees in arts, sciences, applied science, and individualized and technical study.[11]

Of the more than 70 programs offered at the college, only the following have program-specific accreditation:[12]

Program Accrediting agency
Art and Design (Interior Design & Visual Communications) National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Automotive Technology National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
Business and Public Services Division Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Civil Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Culinary Arts The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation
Dental Hygiene Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dietetic Technology Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association
Dietary Managers Program Dietary Managers Association (Does not accredit; rather, “approves program”)
Early Childhood Education Center National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Early Childhood Education - Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired licensed by the Ohio Department of Education
Electronics Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Emergency Medical Services Ohio Department of Public Safety
Environmental Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Exercise Science American College of Sports Medicine
Exercise Science/Personal Fitness Training Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management
Fire Science Technology Department National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard)
Health Information Management Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
Heating & Air Conditioning Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Hospitality Management The Commission on Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs
Industrial Design & Graphics Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Industrial Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Mechanical Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Medical Assistant Technology American Association of Medical Assistants and Endowment
Mental Health Technology Council for Standards in Human Service Education
Music National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Nursing National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Occupational Therapist Assistant Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Paralegal (formerly Legal Assisting) American Bar Association (Does not accredit; rather, “approves program”)
Physical Therapist Assistant Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Quality Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Radiologic Technology Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Respiratory Care Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Safety Engineering Technology Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET)
Surgical Technology Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Theatre/Dance National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)

Controversies[edit]

In March 2013 the college settled a First Amendment lawsuit by revising a speech code that prohibited students and visitors from holding signs on campus.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sinclair largest community college". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Enrollment Figures Fall 2009". Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ "SCC Microsoft study". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (2009-08-15). "NY Times article". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Sinclair College History". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Sinclair College History cont.". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Satellite Locations". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Online Courses basic information". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Directory of HLC Institutions". 
  11. ^ a b c "About Sinclair - Accreditation". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  12. ^ "About Sinclair - Associations, agencies, and/or governmental bodies Accrediting, approving, or licensing Sinclair Community College’s programs - 2009". Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  13. ^ "Sinclair settles suit over sign", Dayton Daily News, March 12, 2013.
  14. ^ "Victory: Ohio College Settles First Amendment Lawsuit, Scraps Speech Code", FIRE, March 12, 2013.

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