The Future of Public Higher Education in Ohio
Public higher education institutions across the country are experiencing decreased budgets. Compared to levels prior to the recession, state support for public two and four year colleges has dropped by nearly $10 billion. In Ohio, state funding for higher education in 2017 is a half-billion lower than pre-recession levels.
However, the context appears to be shifting. The 2016-2017 budget had a 7.6 percent boost of $274 million in state share of instruction, as well as almost a 13 percent increase in need based aid. In addition, public Northeast Ohio colleges are showing strong enrollment numbers of increasingly academically prepared students, despite fewer high school graduates and increased competition among colleges.
As public higher education is increasingly looked at as a pipeline for economic growth and opportunity, affordability and access remain important factors in student enrollment.What is being done in Ohio and what more can be done?
Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D., President, Cleveland State University
Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College
Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., President and Professor of Law, The University of Akron
This conversation will be moderated by WKYC President and General Manager Micki Byrnes.
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