BGSU takes biggest hit from state PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:49
Bowling Green State University took the biggest hit from the state's new funding formula for higher education.
"We saw it coming, but obviously, we're disappointed," Robin Gerrow, chief communications officer for BGSU, said Monday.
The new "State Share of Instruction" formula no longer pays per student enrolled, but rather per student graduating. Under the new guidelines, BGSU's funding was cut 4.2 percent, or by approximately $3 million for 2014. The university's funding was cut more than any other institution in the state.
Overall in Ohio, five universities, seven branch campuses and five community colleges are expected to receive cuts.
Because the funding cuts were just announced, Gerrow said university officials do not yet know exactly how BGSU will be affected.
On Monday, BGSU issued a statement saying it supports Gov. John Kasich's goals and understand that increasing the number of college graduates is essential to Ohio's prosperity.
"While the new formula will negatively impact BGSU in the short-term, it is an important step in the right direction to address the challenges facing BGSU and higher education in Ohio," the statement said.
While BGSU has experienced an increase recently in freshman enrollment, it went through a decline in enrollment and retention several years ago. That has led in a smaller graduating class now.
"The result is a reduction in our state share of instruction," the statement from BGSU said. "We regret the elimination of 'stop loss' funding that allowed us to implement changes in the formula gradually and manage our long-term budget more effectively."
According to Gerrow, there are number of reasons that could lead students to start college but not complete their degrees.
"Financial resources is one of the big ones," she said.
According to BGSU officials, the university has already begun taking many of the steps necessary to improve performance relative to the governor's goals. These include addressing retention and degree completion rates as well as expanding the recruitment base to increase enrollment of high achieving students, transfer and adult students, and out-of-state and international students.
State higher education funding overall is increasing 2 percent, to $1.78 billion. Most public colleges and universities will receive increased funding under the new formula.
According to the Associated Press, Ohio State University is projected to get a 3 percent increase, Kent State and Cleveland State would get increases of more than 5 percent, and Wright State would get a 3.5 percent increase.

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