Nearly 20 percent fewer Ohioans are attending their state’s institutions of higher education today than they did 10 years ago. And this precipitous attendance drop off — the nation’s largest — comes at a time when observers from all sides of the political spectrum agree that increasing the numbers of Ohioans with post-secondary degrees and certificates is an essential need for today’s knowledge-based economy.

The Innovation Ohio Education Fund is leading a grassroots effort to fight for greater access to and affordability of Ohio’s post-secondary education and workforce development systems. This effort will include a much needed infusion of state investment, as well as policy changes that can help our state’s students and families to realize the American Dream. Over the course of the next several months, IOEF will produce papers, events and other material to help policy makers and activists achieve that upon which we can all agree is necessary — Ohioans’ greater participation in post-secondary education and workforce development options.

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