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The Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency will release a report on how state-supported colleges and universities can cut costs
Gov. John Kasich issued an executive order in February calling on higher education institutions to cut costs
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Ohio Chancellor Carey says Ohio can can help with reducing costs at state supported schools through programs such as statewide purchasing.
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Ohio’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency is expected to issue its report tomorrow on ways that state colleges and universities can reduce spending.

The effort comes out of an executive order issued by Gov. Kasich in February.

State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports it may produce a smaller, and partly privatized system of higher education.

LISTEN: Urycki on the task force's evaluation for cutting costs at state supported schools

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Gov. Kasich warned that if state schools don’t cut their costs he will. In January, each school will have to submit a five-year plan to reduce costs and increase quality.

In some draft recommendations, the Task Force suggests such things as selling off school assets, privatizing non-academic operations, and eliminating low enrollment programs or those that are duplicated at a nearby college.

Ohio Chancellor John Carey says the state can help too with things like statewide purchasing.

“At the same time, the legislature and the governor appropriated more money for higher education so while we’re trying to make student education available, we’re trying to get more value out of the dollars that we’re investing," said Carey.

While the Governor’s task force sets no specific targets, the Ohio Senate has. They demand that schools cut costs by 5 percent.  School officials have to report by October 15th how they’re going to do that.

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