What is OCA


Founded in 1867, the OCA is a voluntary, non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation with current membership comprised of 86 of Ohio’s public and private, 2-year and 4-year non-profit colleges and universities. Our mission is: “…To promote the cause of higher education within the State of Ohio and to encourage inter-institutional communication and cooperative endeavors on the part of both independent and public non-profit colleges and universities…”

All OCA activities are coordinated by a staff of 2 from a central Office located in Columbus, Ohio. This Central Office not only serves the public as a higher education resource in Ohio, but also provides information, liaison, and clearinghouse services for member institutions, public agencies and officials, and affiliated higher education organizations and interest groups.

OCA Programs and Projects

Toward College in Ohio: The award winning printed resource to help high school juniors and seniors, their parents, and counselors make informed decisions regarding post-secondary options in Ohio.

Administrative Directory: “The Telephone Book for Ohio Higher Education” provides the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for the chief administrators of member institutions. In order to make the directory even more useful, we have added vendor information. (Vendor listings are processed by Naylor Publications.)

Educational Programming In cooperation with Ohio regional consortia and other statewide offices, various educational programs on pertinent topics are presented to the faculty and staff of Ohio’s colleges and universities.

Section Assistance promoting inter-institutional communication and cooperation at various levels through the establishment of diverse groups of statewide higher education professional organizations has been an ongoing priority of the OCA.

Spring Presidents’ Forum: The OCA’s annual meeting is the opportunity for Ohio’s institutional leaders to meet and get acquainted, discuss common issues, and recognize, integrate and cooperate on the concerns that face Ohio higher education.

Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Programs Group rating programs in which participating member institutions collective save over $1.5 mission in annual Workers’ Compensation premium and also receive information and training on safety awareness, accident prevention, and proper accident reporting.

OCA Central Office Staff

Katherine Williams Wright, M.A., CAE has been with the OCA for over 20 years, and has been chief staff officer/Executive Director since 1985. She holds a B.S. in Education, M.A. in Higher Education Policy & Leadership, and M.A. in Public Administration from the Ohio State University, and attained the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1996. Active in national, statewide, church and community organizations, Ms. Wright currently serves on several Boards and committees including: the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Society of Association Executives; the Governing Board of the Ohio Academy of Science; and the Executive Board of the Academic Library Association (ex officio). Ms. Wright has always valued and believed in education, and is pleased to have had the opportunity, through her work at OCA, to contribute to the Ohio higher education community and the students which it has served.

Joyce Wright Harris has been with the Ohio College Association since 1990, first joining the Association as coordinator of the “Paving the Way” intervention initiative for middle school students. Ms. Harris attended Denison University and Penn State University.

The OCA Administrative Directory Sales

Called “The Telephone Book for Ohio Higher Education” The OCA Administrative Directory contains the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for chief administrators of member institutions.

A limited number of the current edition of the OCA Administrative Directory is available for purchase through the OCA Central Office at a cost of $25 per copy plus shipping and handling.

To order the OCA Administrative Directory, you may
Call 614/292/8041
FAX 614-292-8042
Or email OCACentral@aol.com.

Include your name, address, and shipping information. For prepaid orders (check or money order) the shipping and handling fees are waived.

Toward College in Ohio Booklet Sales

The award winning Toward College in Ohio booklet is a printed resource to help high school juniors and seniors, their parents, and counselors make informed decisions regarding post-secondary options in Ohio. It includes programmatic information, summaries of the most current financial aid programs, location maps, and admission procedures for enrollment in Ohio’s colleges and universities packed into a handy 48 page booklet.