Education today is what prepares the workforce of tomorrow.  A strong education system in Ohio is necessary to ensure we are leading the pack and preparing our next generation for the economy and workforce demands.  I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the higher education policy initiatives that were put into action with this year’s budget.
We want to make sure that Ohio’s students succeed in school and are skilled when they graduate. Our focus continues to be on creating a highly skilled workforce that helps job creators grow right here in Ohio.  In developing this new plan, leaders in education from across the state were brought together to discuss the best ways to align our education policies with the state’s economic development goals. The main component of this plan makes higher education more affordable by encouraging schools to put more emphasis on degree completion, not just student enrollment.
By strategically moving funding for Ohio universities to an outcome-based system rather than a population-based system, student achievement will be the focus.
Over the past five years, Ohio has had the second-lowest tuition increases for public universities in the country.  To ensure college remains affordable, we also placed a 2 percent cap on tuition increases for the next two years.  We can keep college within reach for Ohioans to pursue their academic and career goals.
Finally, the increasing collaboration between our higher learning institutions and Ohio’s high schools is critical.  The legislature addressed this by expanding students’ post-secondary enrollment options.  All qualifying Ohio high school students will have the opportunity to understand their options and can easily connect with cost effective post-secondary courses in their area.  Not only does this save money for families in the long run, it creates rewarding academic experiences for many students looking for additional challenges.  For more information about Post-Secondary Enrollment Options or about any other information about Ohio’s higher education budget you can visit
I truly believe that resources for innovative learning, a focus on student achievement and preparing our graduates for jobs of the 21st century will help boost Ohio’s economy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 466-0626, emailing, or by writing me at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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