Wright State University’s faculty union has been on strike since Jan. 22. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Wright State strike affects some high schoolers earning college credit

The nearly three-week-old Wright State faculty strike has affected some local high school students who take College Credit Plus classes through WSU, while other CCP students are attending classes as usual.

College Credit Plus is a statewide program that allows high school students to take college courses and earn high school and college credit simultaneously. The goal is to help more students earn degrees by cutting the time and cost of completing college.

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Some Beavercreek College Credit Plus students have told their high school counselors that their Wright State classes have been cancelled, Beavercreek schools spokesman Ryan Gilding said late Friday night.

Wright State spokesman Seth Bauguess had said Wednesday that the fully canceled classes were specialized, higher-level courses. On Saturday morning, he acknowledged that “some CCP students have been affected by WSU class changes.” Neither Bauguess nor Gilding provided the number of affected classes.

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Beavercreek officials told their CCP students in an email that if Wright State cancels a class that is required for the student’s high school graduation, “there will be options here at Beavercreek High School to obtain that credit.”

Both Beavercreek and Fairborn school officials said some of their CCP students are enrolled in Wright State classes where there has been no professor to teach the material. Fairborn staff said some students withdrew from Wright State classes before the CCP deadline to avoid a penalty.

“(We’ve been) assisting students with placement in other WSU classes that are still being held, assisting students with placements in other institutions of higher learning, and enrolling students in high school classes,” said Fairborn High School assistant principal Deb Hauberg.

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But the situation varies from school to school. Oakwood High School counselor Adam Woessner called WSU “a wonderful partner institution,” adding that he has “seen no issues or dip in the quality education they are providing our students.”

Some local high schools said that their current WSU students are not having problems but added that others withdrew from Wright State just before the semester began. The faculty union filed a strike notice Jan. 7, and the first day of classes wasn’t until Jan. 14, giving students time to quickly adjust.

Centerville schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said about five students made that move in his district and switched to Sinclair for their College Credit Plus courses just before the semester began. That also occurred in Huber Heights schools, according to district officials.

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Some WSU full-semester classes are being condensed into the seven-week “B Term” that runs from March 11 to April 27. Communications sent to students said those courses will include some required online assignments to complete all the work in half the time. Beavercreek’s email Thursday encouraged its CCP students to take the B Term option if WSU offered it.

Some students who earn CCP credit through Wright State are totally unaffected — with Fairmont High School’s calculus students an example — because their classes are taught by approved high school faculty at the high school campus.

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