The History of SOCHE
In 1967, the DMVC was formed to promote community service and inter-institutional cooperation in order to achieve educational advancement, research development, and administrative efficiency of the member institutions. 50+ years later we strive for the same goals by connecting higher education institutions to increase opportunity, propel change, and promote education.
DMVC is Created
The Dayton Miami Valley Consortium was created in 1967 with the purpose of serving students and higher education in the Miami Valley.
Consortium Libraries Share Materials
Librarians from SOCHE member libraries shared resources through an agreement with United Parcel Service for delivery service at $2 a week per institution.
SOCHE worked with member institutions to respond to the Xenia Tornado of 1974.
Cross Registration Program
Created and continues to provide eligible students enrolled at any SOCHE member institution the opportunity to register and receive credit for courses offered by other participating SOCHE institutions.
Project Reach guided individuals into a college education by providing encouragement, information, and opportunities for success.
Committee on the Academic Uses of the Computer for Education
1978-1988 this committee worked to integrate computer technology into education.
Established SOCHE office at Wright-Patterson AFB
1979-2017 this office worked to provide better educational opportunities for military personnel and promote a better relationship between Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the local community.
Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
AFRL’s goal was to provide student interns in support of AFRL’s mission of providing world class research and development to advance the Air Force mission.
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
The original AFIT contract was awarded in the late 1980’s. The goal was to provide student interns to support AFIT’s mission-essential role of providing high-quality academic and continuing education, research, and development programs to enable the Air Force to sustain its competitive advantage.
DMVC name change to SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education)
Cable Television for Educational Outreach Committee
Identified first generation and economically disadvantaged youth to either reenroll in high school or the equivalent for a postsecondary degree.
Faculty Retreat for Diversity Awareness
SOCHE created the Diversity Awareness and Campus Climate Committee and hosted workshops on strengthening diversity in higher education.
Articulation Workshop: Reducing Barriers and Expanding Educational Opportunities
Created a more visible presence for the work of transfer advisors on member campuses.
Technology in the Classroom & Distance Learning Workshop
This hands-on workshop featured advanced sessions on working with technology in the classroom and distance education.
Pioneered the new SOCHE Degree Finder which provides the Miami Valley’s first web-based listing of over 700 degrees offered by SOCHE member institutions.
GC3 (formerly GCCCU) Partnership
This agreement with the Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection (GC3) continues to allow SOCHE students to cross-register with GC3 institutions in a manner similar to the current cross-registration process within SOCHE.
Democracy in Action Award
13 campuses received Democracy in Action awards for hosting events following the tragedies of 9/11 & SOCHE conducted a faculty retreat focused on Higher Education’s reaction to International Conflict and Terrorism.
SOCHE Sustainability Committee
The SOCHE Sustainability Committee was formed to share information with member institutions and to work towards economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
In collaboration with ThinkTV and WYSO, SOCHE Talks was designed to enlighten the listener with knowledge from higher education institutions in Southwestern Ohio.
SOCHE Intern’s focus is working with businesses, city, and county government organizations across the Miami Valley to recruit and hire interns. Since 2012, SOCHE has developed relationships with over 50 companies and governmental agencies across the region and places hundreds of interns in companies with a variety of specialty areas to include human resources, business administration, marketing, supply chain management, engineering, program management, quality control, and many more.
Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day
SOCHE President worked with Senator Beagle on the development and passage of the Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day (2nd Tuesday in April).
SOCHE became the fiscal agent for TEDx Dayton.
The “We’re All In” conference brought 200 colleagues to the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) to discuss the future of higher education.
First Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day Observed
Senator Bill Beagle’s office worked closely with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) to envision Senate Bill 227 and present proponent testimony to the Ohio Senate and House. Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law Senate Bill 227, sponsored by Sen. Bill Beagle, “to designate the second Tuesday of April as Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.”
In partnership with CareSource, SOCHE celebrated the inaugural Ohio Internship and Co-Op Appreciation Day on Tuesday, April 14, at CareSource in downtown Dayton.
CINDAY CYBER Created
Cincinnati-Dayton Cyber Corridor was created to establish and enhance Southwestern Ohio’s reputation as a national leader in cybersecurity education, research and private and public partnerships.
SOCHE established a partnership with Innovative Educators to provide our members access to over 300 professional development training courses, as well as access to unlimited live webinars covering the most pressing topics in higher education.
Ohio Community Connectors
The grant allowed SOCHE to work with underserved middle school children in the Dayton region to provide them an overview of in-demand careers through camp activities.
SOCHE welcomes the Aerospace Professional Development Center (APDC) to help shape the future growth of the aerospace and aviation industry.
SOCHE Engage creates regional workforce initiatives and internship management to connect industry employers with talented students to develop the workforce of tomorrow by providing experiential learning opportunities to students through paid internships.
Career Adventures Camp
The goal of the Career Adventures Camp was to provide Dayton area middle schoolers an opportunity to learn about and visit locations of in-demand career fields.
myVeteran Community joins SOCHE to encourage community involvement. VA and community leaders have begun participating more actively in community-based efforts to maximize the collective impact of local services, stakeholders, and federal/state agencies working together to improve Veteran outcomes.
SOCHE joins other area organizations to host the Dayton Strong Benefit Concert to raise funds for people affected by the 2019 Dayton Tornado.
20 By 20 CHALLENGE
SOCHE launched the 20 by 20 Challenge in 2013 focused on increasing the number of internships in the region to 20,000 per year by 2020. Eight years later, the number of internships has increased at an annual growth rate of over 10%!
Workforce We Need Summit
The purpose of the Workforce We Need Summit was to bring together Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) leadership with Ohio College and University leadership to share the current and future workforce opportunities at WPAFB. This event provided college leadership with an understanding of WPAFB missions and the career opportunities available.
Launch of Federal Employment Portal
Portal designed to provide all job seekers quick and easy access to Federal employment opportunities.
SOCHE conducted collaborative meetings to bring together leaders from SOCHE colleges and universities to discuss COVID-19 challenges, share best practices, and define new policies and procedures for schools to reopen.
SOCHE Changes Names
SOCHE changes name from Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education to Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education to better reflect the mission and expanding services that extend beyond Southwestern Ohio.