Ohio is lagging far behind its stated goal of having 65 percent of our citizens attain post-secondary degrees or certificates. These post-secondary options must be more attainable for more of our students, especially those from at-risk populations. We will not reach the goal without significant improvement in attainment among our economically-disadvantaged, minority and first-generation students. These recommendations would all cut to the core of these issues, making colleges and universities more accessible and attainable for more students.
Our approach has the support of local, state and national advocates who see and recognize Ohio’s need to invest in its workforce through these types of initiatives. In addition, Ohio organizations representing professors, administrators, and students, support these efforts to expand workforce opportunities. Innovation Ohio offers these 10 recommendations for the state’s two-year budget that, if adopted, would make attaining the most valuable post-secondary credentials and degrees significantly more attainable.