16 November 2005

Ohio Needs More College Grads

The Ohio Board of Regents wants to increase college enrollment by 30% over the next ten years. As pointed out previously on this blog, Ohio is bleeding students and young professionals. This trend must be reversed if Ohio is to maintain economic competitiveness and QOL.

The Cincinnati Business Courier reports:

"While 24.4 percent of adults nationwide had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2000, only 21.1 percent in Ohio did, according to U.S. Census figures. Enrollment at Ohio colleges rose 14 percent from 1997 to 2004. But during that period, enrollment in a six-state region that includes Ohio went up 17 percent, and enrollment nationwide rose 21 percent, regents statistics show.

...Ohio's obstacle will be finding the $15 million to $20 million the 10-year endeavor would cost."

I can't wait for lobbyists (including Luken, perhaps?) to start yapping about how it should be funded with casinos.

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