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The Buckeye Institute: Ohio Needs a Better Higher Education System

Columbus, OH – On Wednesday, The Buckeye Institute testified (see full text below or download a PDF ) before the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee on the policies in Senate Bill 135, which would improve Ohio’s higher education system and “help thousands of Ohioans obtain the skills and education they need at prices they can afford.”

In his testimony, Greg R. Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, noted that Senate Bill 135 “may well be the most significant higher education reform legislation in recent memory” and highlighted some of the bill’s key features that will “assist community colleges and their students,” including: The Second Chance Voucher program to help students who have earned some college credit but have yet to receive a degree or a workforce credential;

Partnerships between four-year state universities and community or technical colleges to help undergraduates complete up to two years of academic credit at less expensive community or technical colleges while receiving counseling on how to complete a four-year bachelor’s program; and

Leveraging unused federal money to assist community and technical colleges help students earn short-term certificates that can be completed in less than one year.

Lawson also highlighted […]

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