It’s no surprise: budget cuts driving up cost of higher education

Readers of the Cincinnati Enquirer woke to this headline this morning:

“Surprise! Ohio colleges among most expensive”

It’s actually not that surprising, given a state budget that cut support for colleges and universities by 13%.

According to a new report from the Department of Education, four of Ohio’s public colleges and universities are among the 14 most expensive in the nation, making our state perhaps the most expensive state in the nation to get a public 4-year degree.

If Ohio is going to compete for top employers, a highly trained workforce is essential. Investment in higher education needs to be part of the state’s strategy to create and retain good jobs.