Relationships between Branch/Regional Campuses and their Host Communities

Posted by Optimal College Town Assessment on February 19, 2018

We are pleased to offer you another *free* webinar to talk about the use of data in helping town-gown relationships, this time we are co-hosting with National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA).

February 23 at 12:00 PM ET

“Town-Gown Theory, Data, and Applications: Relationships between Branch/Regional Campuses and their Host Communities”

Dr. Steve Gavazzi and Dr. Bill Willan will provide participants with a thorough review of the issues and concerns facing branch and regional campuses as they attempt to develop and maintain more harmonious relationships with their host communities. Dr. Gavazzi will begin the webinar with an overview of the literature on town-gown relationships as they apply to branch and regional campuses, including the development of the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) web-based tool. Dr. Willan will then provide an insider’s look at the campus-community data Ohio University collected with the OCTA tool, with special emphasis on the comparison and contrast of findings among and between Ohio University’s main campus in Athens and its 7 regional campuses. Please RSVP to

Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D. is the President of College Town Assessment, LLC and is the creator of the Optimal College Town Assessment (OCTA) tool, a measure designed to take the guesswork out of the quality of town-gown relationships. He also is a professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, where he has established a research program that examines the impact of higher education on families and communities, publishing numerous journal articles on town-gown relationships as well as authoring The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage book.

William R. (Bill) Willan, Ph.D. is The Executive Dean for Ohio University’s five regional campuses and two centers. He previously served as Academic Dean of the University of Maine at Fort Kent and as Dean of the Ohio University Southern Campus. A past president of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators, Bill is a first-generation college student and veteran who holds a B.A. in English Education from the University of Indianapolis and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Purdue University.

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