Ohio Still Has a Long Way to Go for Higher Education Goals

Aug 11, 2017

Chancellor John Carey says the state's goal is to have 65 percent of Ohioans with degrees. It's currently only at 43 percent.

The state says it’s facing a looming crisis, and the solution is that more Ohioans need to graduate from college.

The state estimates that at the current rate of higher education achievement, by 2025 there will be almost two million Ohioans without the education or training they would need in the workforce.  So higher education Chancellor John Carey says the state wants 1.7 million more adults, or 65 percent of Ohioans to have college degrees or certificates in the next eight years.

“We have a long way to go. We’re about 43 percent in Ohio right now.”

The state hopes to raise that by suggesting post-secondary education to people of all races and ages, and for them to seek credentials for in-demand jobs.

Nearly 30 percent of Ohioans in poverty have less than a high school diploma, but only 4 percent of those in poverty have a bachelor’s degree or higher.