When Governor Kasich appointed me Chancellor in March of 2011, I came in knowing that nationwide – and even more so in Ohio – we face the issue of an undereducated workforce, and the future of our state and the prospects for its economic growth hinge on having more citizens with a certificate of economic import, an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.
An educated workforce is vital to economic growth in Ohio. For businesses to thrive, workers must be well-educated and well-trained.
Sadly, both our country and our state have fallen behind in terms of the number of individuals with college degrees. The number of adults in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree remains in the bottom quarter of the nation. While 31 percent of adults in the United States have a bachelor’s degree, that number drops to 26 percent in Ohio.
by Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee
Saving money for college is a smart investment. An investment that will pay off for many years as statistics indicate that an individual with a bachelor’s degree will earn almost $20,000 more per year than a high school graduate while an associate degree holder will earn nearly $5,000 more per year than someone with only a high school diploma.
Since the beginning of 2012, I have focused the Ohio Board of Regents on one main concept: Completion.
In the near future, we will publish a strategic plan that emphasizes the importance of higher education to the economic future of Ohio.