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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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Stark State Technical College

Stark State College is getting a half a million dollars from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to expand its advanced oil and gas technology training programs. 

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The University of Akron has approved plans to bring back the school’s theater arts degree.

The program was suspended two years ago due to low enrollment.

James Slowiak, a theater professor at the university, helped create the plans for the new program.

He says while theater classes are still offered, bringing the full degree back is important to build the theater program as a whole.

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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.