|Why so few college degree holders in Ohio? Task force talks about it at BGSU on Monday|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:14|
A task force dedicated to increasing the number of college degree holders in Ohio will have its first regional meeting at Bowling Green State University on Monday.
The 31-member Complete College Ohio task force, led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro, is charged with finding ways to help a greater number of students plan for, pay for and complete their education. Ohio's proportion of adults with bachelor's degrees in the workforce remains in the bottom quarter of the states (38th), typically 5 percentage points below the national average. Only 26 percent of adults in Ohio hold a bachelor's degree, compared with the national average of 31 percent.
"Less than half of the students who enter our public colleges and universities actually complete a program that grants them a credential of value or a degree," Petro said. "We must achieve a higher rate of certificate and degree completion in order to compete in today's global economy."
The regional meetings will allow the task force to discuss its overall goal of higher completion rates statewide while learning about innovative campus programs geared toward increasing completion rates among enrolled students. At the Aug. 13 meeting, the task force will hear about BGSU's successes, which include the university's first-year programs, student engagement and support, and leadership programs. BGSU also provides financial literacy programs, tutoring and reporting systems to provide ongoing feedback to students regarding progress toward degree completion. Petro said BGSU's programs are among many completion efforts under way statewide.
The Complete College Ohio task force will study several other ideas during its upcoming meetings and present a report at the Ohio Board of Regents annual meeting on Nov. 13 in Columbus.
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