Ohio independent colleges efficiently prepare students for degrees in STEM fields.
Ohio's standing as a net importer of first-time, full-time freshmen increased markedly in the last two years.
The Senate version of the two-year state of Ohio budget would raise financial aid for needy students to above $100 million for the first time in eight years.
After the state cut financial aid six years ago, Ohio nonprofit colleges have stepped up to meet their students' financial needs.
Newly available graduation rate data continues to show greater success by students who attend nonprofit colleges.
The learning that occurs in liberal arts colleges remains extremely valuable in the employmnet marketplace.
Students attending Ohio independent colleges have had their financial aid from the state of Ohio slashed by more than half in the last decade.
Large proportions of Ohio high school graduates showing interest, whether direct or indirect, in science, technology, medical and health, engineering, or mathematics are not ready for college-level study in those areas.
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Despite recent marginal increases, appropriations for need-based financial aid from the state of Ohio are lower than they were during the first year of Gov. George Voinovich's second term - even without accounting for inflation.
In the five years since the radical cuts in state need-based aid, the net cost for a poor student to attend the average Ohio public university has more than quadrupled.
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.
Ohio and all its adjacent states continue to lag the US average for adults above age 25 with bachelor's or higher degrees.
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.
Over the last decade an increasing number of students from overseas study in Ohio, and last year they contributed 3/4 of a billion dollars to the state's and nation's economy.
The conundrum continues: Ohio's educational attainment is higher than the US average at the high school level, but lower at the baccalaureate level, and the gaps stubbornly remain.
The key actors on campus - faculty and technology experts - assess the value of online courses differently.
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.
Ohio residents as a share of full-time undergraduates at independent colleges have dropped two percentage points since 2010.
The Ohio House Budget Committee has approved a small increase in funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant for the next two academic years.
Ohio independent colleges bring almost 35,000 out-of-state US citizens to study here - and they are more likely to stay after graduation.
Ohio lags the nation in the rate of students who start at community colleges and then complete a degree at a four-year college or university.
In four years, the remaining cost for the state's neediest families to send a student to an Ohio public university, after state and federal financial aid, has quadrupled.
Although younger Ohioans are increasingly better educated, the stubborn gap between Ohio and national educational attainment remains.
While independent colleges have long offered financial aid grants from their own resources, the state's public campuses - their tuition already lowered by taxpayer-funded institutional subsidies - are increasingly using merit-based and other grants for their own enrollment management purposes.
Over the last two decades, while the states' commitment to student financial aid, measured in constant dollars, doubled, Ohio's dropped by 40 percent.
There is only slight improvement in next year's grants for Ohio's neediest students.
In just three years, state policy changes have led to the out-of-pocket cost for the state's neediest students of attending an Ohio public university to nearly quadruple.
The repeal two years ago of the Student Choice Grant, which supported Ohioans attending in-state independent colleges, eliminated a key incentive for students to stay in their home state for their education.
Meeting the demand of Ohio's future labor market requires investment in students completing their degrees today.
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.
By redistributing its higher education funds to limit public-campus tuition increases and simulataneously slash need-based aid, the state of Ohio more than tripled the out-of-pocket tuition at the public baccalaureate campuses for its poorest citizens.
Recent graduates of Ohio independent colleges are likely still to be in Ohio; each class's share of those remaining here after graduation is not only higher than that of all alumni/alumnae, but is at least as high as the share of Ohio residents in each class at enrollment.
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.
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.
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.
A major new study of graduations at public colleges and universities - including Ohio's - offers further evidence of targeting student aid rather than tuition level in helping needy students complete their degrees. While net cost of attendance has no measurable effect in the graduation rates of well-off students seeking bachelor's degrees in the public sector, it has a major, statistically significant effect on those with the least ability to pay and the greatest need for financial aid.
Lifting the tuition freeze appears not to have damaged Ohio's public-sector enrollments for now, but the full effect will not become evident until announced tuition increases become effective in the winter or spring. The lion's share of the fall increase was at the two-year campuses - community college headcount jumped by nearly 17% and branch campus headcount by more than 11% over fall 2008.
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.
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.
Enrollment last fall at the public University System of Ohio campuses increased by about 11,000 students - not even half of the growth required to reach the governor's goal of 230,000 more students by 2016.