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THE STATE OF OHIO

  

At one point, four-in-ten incoming freshmen on Ohio’s public colleges and university campuses needed refresher courses on things they should have learned in high school. That number is falling, but officials are still concerned about the number of kids needing remedial work – which can be costly.

Higher Education Chancellor John Carey has been on the job since 2013, and says back then the state was spending about $140 million on remedial courses for a big percentage of students.

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THE STATE OF OHIO

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.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Higher ed officials are pushing for stronger partnerships among colleges and universities to make costs more affordable for students.

A proposed bill would encourage public universities to team up with community colleges for what are known as 3+1 programs. That’s when a student goes to a community college for three years, then transfers to the four-year institution to finish a degree.