Ohio enrollment is down again, but at a slower pace.
For legislators concerned about college endowments, Ohio's public universities have six of the state's ten largest.
Ohio independent colleges educate more than their share of adult learners, while public universities have more than their share of traditional-age students needing extra time to graduate.
Ohio independent colleges efficiently prepare students for degrees in STEM fields.
Six years after they entered, more than half of those who enrolled at Ohio community colleges have left higher education altogether without a degree.
Whatever your academic preparation, you're more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college or university.
Thanks to an increased appropriation and better usage analysis, awards in the need-based Ohio College Opportunity Grant program will increase by 9.3 percent next academic year.
Ohio public and independent 4-year colleges and universities have for years had about the same percentage of their undergraduate student bodies receiving need-based federal student aid grants.
Ohio public universities are increasingly resorting to institutional grants to attract first-year students.
The four-year graduation rate gap between sectors in Ohio increased by one percentage point in the latest federal statistics.
Although students attending independent colleges are the most mobile, half attend within an hour's drive of home.
Independent colleges were the champions among the NCAA titleists this fall.
Three years after enrolling in a for-profit 4-year institution, one in seven of the entering class of 2011 had settled for an associate degree, and half had left higher education altogether with no credential.
A drop in dual enrollment students since the change in the state program to College Credit Plus accounts for more than half the enrollment decline in Ohio independent colleges this past fall.
Mount Union's victory this weekend in the NCAA Division III football championship extends the Ohio independent sector's lead in national titles won since World War II. For details and sources, click here.
As in previous years, students who had started at an Ohio public college or university form the majority of transfers into Ohio independent colleges, but with a growing share coming from out of state.
Debt for college graduates varies considerably by sector.
Students from three Ohio institutions - Oberlin College, Ohio State University, and Youngstown State University - are headed to Oxford as part of the next class of Rhodes Scholars.
Students with multiple academic interests are well served at Ohio independent colleges and universities.
Ohio independent colleges continue to produce more than their share of graduates in fields important to the economy and the quality of life of the state.
Higher education leadership in both public and nonprofit sectors believe their students are prepared for life after graduation.
Recently released student loan default rates showed reductions nationally and in all Ohio secotrs.
The budget increase to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant includes a 2-to-1 award ratio between sectors and an increase for all recipients.
Minority students are more likely to succeed at an independent college.
Ohio independent and public colleges and universities are equally committed to educating Ohioans in need.
In both the public and independent 4-year sectors, the undergraduate student body in Ohio is less female and more male than the nation's as a whole.
Despite a recovery from the low point in 2009-10, bachelor's degrees in teacher education awarded in Ohio are 18 percent fewer than 10 years ago.
Overall Ohio enrollment in fall 2014 fell by 11,600 students, with the largest loss occurring among the state's community and technical colleges, which were down by almost 8,500.
Although retention rates in Ohio are the same for public and independent 4-year campuses, 15 percent more of those same students graduate on time at independent institutions.
It remains true that you are more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college or university regardless of your academic qualifications.
Students who start at Ohio public campuses form the majority of transfers into Ohio independent colleges and universities.
Independent colleges and universities are an essential component of preparation for fruitful employment.
Newly available graduation rate data continues to show greater success by students who attend nonprofit colleges.
The extra time it takes to graduate from a public college costs you not just a year's worth of tuition and education expenses, but a year's worth of additional income you forgo for not having completed your degree.
The cost-effective way for Ohio to increase its educational attainment is clear.
Ohio independent colleges still provide more than their share of the state's bachelor's degrees in fields of study important to the future and quality of life.
Among this year's Rhodes Scholars are Notre Dame's Alexander Coccia of Columbus and the U.S. Air Force Academy's Rebecca Esselstein from Dayton.
Ohio independent colleges serve more than their share of nontraditional students, whether they are adults or high-school age.
Demographic trends are among the causes of another loss of enrollment in Ohio higher education institutions this fall.
Federal and state governments support Ohio's different types of higher education institutions differently.
Among the benefits of attending an independent college: you are among the least likely to have trouble paying off your student loans.
Beyond the workplace's most essential credential, the bachelor's degree, Ohio's four-year colleges and universities also participate significantly in shorter-term education for specific workforce needs.
Fall 2013 was a down year in enrollments across all Ohio higher education sectors.
In the fall NCAA tournaments to be completed this weekend (the Bowl Championship Series is not an NCAA championship), independent colleges held their own against their much larger rivals.
Those who expect to earn a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, or math need to carefully examine the success rates of the institutional sector they choose.
As they have for many years, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share of bachelor's degrees in areas of study important to the state's future.
Unlike those of other sectors, independent colleges' student loan defualt rates (the percentage of students who are more than 270 days delinquent within two years of entering repayment) did not rise in the most recent federal data.
While fall 2012 was not a good year for college enrollments in Ohio, there was considerable variation among sectors.
An increase in appropriation directed toward needy public-sector students, along with an anticipated increase in eligible students in the independent sector and decrease in the public, led to changed award levels for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant for the coming academic year.
Regardless of the academic preparation of their entering freshmen, Ohio independent colleges perform better in getting their students to graduate on time.
Presidents of both parties naturally call upon graduates of independent colleges for leadership positions in their administrations.
Four-year graduation rates have increased in Ohio's public sector, principally because of Ohio State's 14-year climb to the overall independent-college rate.
Both public and private four-year campuses in Ohio are attracting increasing shares of entering first-year classes from out of state.
The latest graduation rate statistics continue to show that the typical full-time freshman at an Ohio independent campus completes a bachelor's degree in four years, while it takes an additional year at a public university.
Almost all teacher preparation programs in Ohio, at both public and independent campuses, far exceed the state's performance benchmark.
In the new three-year loan default rates, borrowers from Ohio independent colleges have a better record than those from other Ohio institutions and their nonprofit peers nationally.
The University of Mount Union's triumph in Friday's NCAA Division III football championship game extended the lead of Ohio's independent colleges in football titles won since World War II. Click here for details.
Differences in loan burden do not account for the varying number of students by sector who borrow for college and do not complete their degrees, taking on debt without the benefit of a valuable credential.
Newly available federal data show that independent colleges in Ohio continue to produce large shares of bachelor's degrees in key fields of study.
Ohio's first Rhodes Scholar in two years, Micah Johnson of Canton, is a senior at Yale.
Independent colleges inculcate values as well as knowledge.
To varying degrees, both public and nonprofit higher education sectors in Ohio lost enrollment this fall.
It normally takes an extra year beyond the normal four to earn your bachelor's degree from a public college or university, while at a for-profit institution it takes more than two years longer.
In the last five years, the number of new students who are transfers and part-time students has increased at four-year campuses in Ohio.
Final figures for the 2011-12 academic year show that Ohio's public and independent colleges lost just over 5,000 students from the previous year.
As it was three years ago, a full-time freshman entering an Ohio public university is more likely not to complete a degree there than to graduate in four years. The opposite is true for those entering an Ohio independent college or university.
Despite recent reporting on the topic, mandatory fees charged to undergraduates at Ohio State University and four other Ohio public main campuses have gone up faster than their legislatively capped tuition.
Public and nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide had 43 percent of the vocational programs subject to gainful employment scrutiny, but none of those that failed to meet all of the U.S. Department of Education's evaluation criteria.
For more details on where Ohio's presidents attended college, go to the AICUO weblog.
Ohio's independent colleges continue to contribute more than their share of the education of the state's adult citizens.
An entering full-time freshman at an Ohio independent college or university is more likely to complete a bachelor's degree in four years than in five years at an Ohio public university.
Success rates at colleges and universities not only vary over time, but by sector.
There is only slight improvement in next year's grants for Ohio's neediest students.
Nationally, as well as in Ohio, how quickly you graduate depends on the type of college or university you attend.
This season, independent colleges are showing their basketball mettle in the Division I women's tournament as they have at all levels of the sport, including championships already won in NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA Divisions I and II.
The patterns of increases in undergraduate tuition and fees at Ohio's public and independent colleges have varied markedly over the recent past, especially as legislative caps on public campuses change.
If it were true that the numbers of transfers-in and part-time undergraduates, who are not tracked in the federal graduation rate survey, damaged an institution¹s academic performance, then independent campuses would have lower graduation rates than public campuses.
The presence of full-time faculty is one clear sign of the educational quality of a college or university.
While new students at Ohio public and independent colleges return for their second year at about the same rate, the on-time graduation rates for these students vary considerably by sector.
As always, Ohio's independent colleges contribute more than their share to degrees in fields vital to the state's future.
Ohio's independent colleges (Ohio Wesleyan in men's soccer and Wittenberg in volleyball) tie with their peers in Illinois and public campuses in Wisconsin and Colorado for the most championships by state this season.
Because of dropping state subsidies, many public universities nationwide had to raise tuition. Without these subsidies, private colleges and universities differed by sector in deciding how much more revenue they needed from students and their families.
Once again, America's most distinguished young academic leaders are overwhelmingly the product of independent colleges.
Ohio's independent colleges held the line on tuition increases this year, compared to their peers in the Midwest region.
Borrowers from Ohio independents have a lower default rate on student loans than their peers nationally. This cannot be said for other sectors, especially for-profit colleges.
More than half of the transfers entering Ohio independent colleges come from the state's public campuses, and less than a quarter from out-of-state institutions.
In Ohio, at independent campuses a larger share of entering students come from nontraditional sources, such as transfers and part-timers, compared to the public universities.
Compared to the nation, Ohio's independent colleges have educated a larger share of its state legislature.
At Ohio's independent colleges, a bachelor's degree is still a four-year degree.
Students from for-profit colleges are disproportionatley more likely to default on their student loans.
The return on Ohio's investment in higher education is much higher at independent nonprofit colleges and universities.
If increasing the number of the state's degrees is the goal, there is no question about the more effective path for prudent, efficient investment of the state's resources.
In the most recent report, half or more of Pell Grant recipients nationwide, depending on sector, cannot contribute a single dollar to their college education; and between two thirds and three fourths can only afford $1,000 or less.
Even the fall 2009 spike in Ohio community-college enrollment - which followed the lifting of the two-year tuition freeze - can be accounted for, like most of the recent past, by a change in the state's unemploymnet rate.
The independent sector's steady growth remains a key in improving the educational attainment of Ohio's citizens.
Ohio's most productive education sector is the independent sector.
Once again, federal data on graduations demonstrate how Ohio's independent colleges outperform public universities in producing degrees in areas critical to the state's future: even in engineering, where just a handful of AICUO's members awarded degrees in 2009-10.
This fall, the gap between Ohio's public sector enrollment and the headcount needed to keep pace with the state's 10-year enrollment goal grew slightly.
The nation's leaders of the future are most frequently educated at independent colleges.
The nation's public colleges and universities are catching on to something that independents have been focusing on for years: using grant aid from their own resources to meet student need.
No one is proud of the number of students who default on their student loans, especially those shown here who default within two years of leaving college, but there is considerable variation within higher education sectors.
Independent college graduates continue to hold a majority in the U.S. Senate.
Ohio State's major effort to "enhance the quality of its undergraduate student population"* - using millions of dollars in merit aid and recruitment expenditures to raise the ACT scores of entering freshmen - props up the sector-wide rate of on-time bachelor's degree completions at Ohio's public universities. Even so, Ohio State and the public sector lag behind the independent sector in this important success measure.
Ohio independent colleges' commitment to adult students has grown substantially in the last two decades.
Regardless of academic qualifications, students are much more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college.
Ohio's independent colleges and universities also do more than their share in meeting another state strategic higher education goal: educating adults seeking bachelor's degrees.
New federal data demonstrates a continuing, key advantage of attending an Ohio independent college: You don't need an extra year to graduate.
Ohio's independent colleges do more than their share of meeting one of the state's strategic higher education goals: attracting students from out of state.
Ohio's commitment to its neediest college students will continue to shrink in the next academic year.
Independent colleges, including AICUO member Xavier, outperform their public counterparts in more ways than just education.
The independent sector provides more than its share of recent graduates to a distinguished group of seminal public servants.
The recent upsurge in Ohio public campus enrollments is largely concentrated at two-year campuses - namely community and technical colleges and local university branch campuses.
New federal data on graduations continue to show the disproportionate production of independent colleges in producing degrees in areas critical to the future of Ohio: even in engineering, where just nine of AICUO's 52 members offer degrees.
Since the 1862 Morrill Act, which enabled the first state-funded land-grant colleges and universities, the proportion of presidents who attended independent colleges (18 of 28) is even higher than the share of all presidents (24 of 43, counting Cleveland only once).
In the four-year sector, Ohio's independent colleges lead the way to success for nontraditional students.
As the start of the new school year approaches, campuses across the state, both public and private, are scrambling to help students faced with massive - and in one sector, total - cuts in state need-based financial aid.
Large majorities of entering freshmen at both public and independent colleges are from Ohio, but independent-college students have a better chance of learning with someone from another part of the country.
Only one area in Ohio's higher education budget saw an increase, the public campuses' State Share of Instruction subsidy, while many other important programs were cut or eliminated outright.
In all "STEM" fields, Ohio's independent colleges are the more efficient sector in graduating their majors.
Although Ohio's independent colleges award just over a third of the bachelor's degrees awarded in the state, half of the delegation in the 103rd to 111th sessions of the U.S. Congress received their degrees at an independent college.
At an Ohio public university, you're more likely to not complete your degree at all than to complete it on time - not so at an Ohio independent college!
All students, even those academically less prepared for college, are more likely to graduate on time at an Ohio independent college.
This lower student-to-degree ratio once again demonstrates the greater effectiveness of Ohio's independent colleges in educating all the state's citizens.
New federal statistics show that an entering freshman is more likely to complete a bachelor's degree in four years at an Ohio independent college than in five years at an Ohio public university.
A recent, sudden decrease in freshman-to-sophomore retention at four-year campuses is accented by a precipitous fall in 2008 in the public sector.
Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, five are from independent colleges. Ohio's Xavier joins Villanova, Duke, Gonzaga, and Syracuse in the third round this weekend.
Look beyond federal graduation statistics to see the entire role of Ohio's independent colleges in teacher education. To be licensed for high school, students must major in the fields in which they intend to teach, and independents' disproportionate share of graduates in science, mathematics, and foreign languages lead to a similar share of graduates seeking to become Ohio teachers.
Changes in the state's financial aid programs proposed in the Executive Budget would drastically reduce the share that students at Ohio's independent colleges receive.
A new national study offers further evidence supporting the greater efficiency of independent higher education.
In the last two years, the enrollment growth the state needs to meet the governor's strategic higher education goals has been concentrated, by policy and by the numbers, in the state's public campuses.
Nearly all the state support for independent higher education is in the form of student financial aid. The declining share largely results from sizeable subsidy increases to support a tuition freeze at public campuses and a concomitant 1/3 cut in the Student Choice Grant program for undergraduates at independent colleges.
Side-by-side or one atop the other, there's nearly no difference in the income profile of full-time undergraduates at Ohio's four-year public or independent campuses. If anything, the typical student at a private nonprofit college is less wealthy.
Compared to independent colleges, Ohio's public universities educate more than twice as many students from the state's wealthiest families.
While a higher share of students borrow to attend private colleges, the percentage difference between public and private sectors is not as great as you might believe.
The newer need-based OCOG aid program offers a smaller share of money overall to students at independent campuses - although with a larger average grant - than the old OIG for two reasons. First, the difference in awards in OCOG to students at public and private colleges reflects less of the difference of the tuition charged by each sector than in OIG. Next, part-time students who constitute a larger share of enrollment at two-year and for-profit colleges are eligible for an OCOG award but not for an OIG.
Ohio's independent colleges share a history in football - Oberlin was the last Ohio college, public or private, to defeat Ohio State (7-6 in 1921) - and a record of accomplishment in the championship tournaments. More details can be found here.
State Expenditures Per Degree Awarded At Ohio Public and Independent Colleges (2- and 4-year) Fiscal Year 2007 (Academic Year 2006-07)
Source: Expenditures, Ohio Board of Regents; Degrees, National Center for Education Statistics
When measured by results - associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees - the state's higher education dollars go much further at independent colleges.
Independent College Shares of Student Headcount and State of Ohio Higher Education Funds (not including capital funds)
Academic Year 2006-2007/Fiscal Year 2007
If you factor in money from the state's capital budget that supports infrastructure at public campuses, the share the state offers to independent colleges toward meeting Ohio's higher education goals shrinks even more.
New data from the National Center for Education Statistics continues to show how Ohio's independent colleges have assumed a large share of the state's enrollment growth over the last two decades - and all of the growth in the four-year sector.
In gaining larger numbers of external research dollars, as well as bachelor's degrees, the state's dollars go farther when supporting activities at Ohio's independent colleges.
Ohio's independent colleges educate more than their share of one of the state's targeted groups: undergraduates age 30 and over.
Ohio's new strategic plan for higher education emphasizes attracting out-of-state students, with the hope that many will settle here after graduation. Ohio's independent colleges lead in this effort.
Independent colleges enroll about a third of the state's undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities - but almost half of those who finish on time.
Note how the stewards of the freedoms the founders demanded on July 4, 1776, are all graduates of independent colleges and independent law schools.
Regardless of how well you did on your ACT - even if your school doesn't require the ACT - you're much more likely to graduate on time at an AICUO member institution.
New data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows the continued high perfromance of Ohio's independent colleges and universities in graduating their freshman on time.
Ohio independent colleges shine in graduating scientists, engineers, artists, linguists...
Even engineers, as only a handful of independent colleges can afford to offer engineering programs, and one of every five of Ohio's bachelor's degrees in that area come from our members.
Persistence and four-year graduation rates Ohio independent and public four-year institutions
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Four out of every five new freshmen return the next year to the campus where they started at both Ohio public and Ohio independent four-year colleges and universities. But after four years, the share who have completed their bachelor's degrees is nearly 20 percent higher.
At Ohio's independent colleges, new undergraduates have a higher share of transfers and part-time students - nontraditional students - than those at the state's public four-year main campuses.
Ohio's independent colleges have long been receptive to students who begin their studies at a community college. Fully half of those earn bachelor's degrees at an Ohio college who transferred credit from a two-year campus earned their four-year degree at an AICUO member campus: compared to 1/3 of bachelor's degrees overall.
Ohio Undergraduates by Age Cohort
Ohio's independent colleges demonstrate their commitment to adult students each year, enrolling a disproportionate share of those over the age of 25.
Graduation Rates of Ohio College Students
Ohio Independent and Public 4-Year Institutions
WHY TAKE AN EXTRA YEAR TO GRADUATE?
More than half of the entering students at Ohio's independent colleges earn their bachelor's degrees in four years or less - while at the public campuses it takes an extra year until half their entering freshmen have finished.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
Enrollment Comparison: Public vs. Independent Institutions
A Major Share Of Ohio's Enrollment Growth.
Since the late 1980s, Ohio's independent colleges have contributed 1/3 of the state's increase in higher education enrollments, even though they enroll only 1/5 of the total students.
Source: Ohio Board of Regents Student Inventory Data, National Center for Education Statistics
4- and 5-Year Baccalaureate Graduation Rates At Ohio Higher Education Institutions
Independent College Share of 4-Year Undergraduates By Age, Fall 2005
Ohio's private nonprofit colleges and universities do more than their share of educating the state's adult learners.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Family Income Distribution at Ohio 4-Year Colleges and Universities AY 2003-04
Economically speaking, the undergraduate student bodies of Ohio's public and independent colleges and universities are nearly identical.
Source: Family income survey of ACT and SAT takers enrolled in Ohio institutions, via Ohio Board of Regents