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Action Steps to Reduce College Costs
On Oct. 1, 2015, the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education delivered its recommendations to Gov. John Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.
- Why action is needed and summary of recommendations (PDF)
- Full report: Action Steps to Reduce College Costs (PDF)
- Media release (PDF)
- Progress Report: An evaluation of how institutions responded to “Action Steps to Reduce College Costs”
Ohio's future economic growth depends upon a well-educated workforce and college graduates. National figures show that the costs to students and their parents associated with higher education have increased substantially over the last 35 years, rising several times higher than the general rate of inflation over the same period of time.
This substantial rise in higher education tuition prices has led to a similar rise in student loan debt. In 2013, outstanding student loan debt nationally was well over $1 trillion, surpassing - for the first time ever - the amount of outstanding credit card debt (then $857 billion).
Increasing operational efficiency in our state-sponsored institutions of higher education can lower their costs of providing post-secondary instruction, which in tum should help them provide an even higher quality of education at a more affordable cost to Ohioans.
On February 10, 2015, Governor John Kasich signed Executive Order 2015-01K (click for PDF) establishing the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education, to review and recommend ways in which state-sponsored institutions of higher education, including four-year universities and two-year community colleges, can be more efficient, offering an education of equal or higher quality while at the same time decreasing their costs. This can be done only if institutions of higher education become more efficient and productive in the use of their assets, personnel and resources. The Task Force will issue a report with recommendations regarding how our state institutions of higher education can operate more productively.
November 14, 2016
Efficiency Advisory Committee Meeting - Lean Higher Education Ohio Seminar
Monday, November 14, 2016
8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Columbus State Community College
September 2, 2015
- Meeting Summary
- Overview, today’s goals and discussion – Geoff Chatas
- Spotlight: Cost Savings Strategies — Sherideen Stoll, Bowling Green State University (file attached)
- Moving IT Forward — John Ellinger, Bowling Green State University (file attached)
- Co-located campuses: Collaboration & Duplication — Jack Hershey, Ohio Association of Community Colleges
- Co-location: The Zanesville Campus — Jenifer Cushman, Ohio University Zanesville
- Co-location perspective: The Marion Campus — Gregory S. Rose, The Ohio State University at Marion
August 17, 2015
- Meeting Summary
- Progress Report & Overview – Geoff Chatas
- Ohio Assessment Update – Huron Consulting Group
- Asset use — Steve Golding, Ohio University
- Powering the Way to Efficiency — Joe Harrell, University of Cincinnati
- Academic Performance Solutions — Steve Golding, Ohio University
- Success through Analytics — Para M. Jones, Stark State College
- Textbook Affordability Initiatives — Gigi Escoe, University of Cincinnati
- The Productivity Agenda in Higher Education — McKinsey & Co.
- Spotlight: Administrative Improvement Strategies — David Creamer, Miami University