COLUMBUS, OH, Oct. 16, 2012 – Ohio’s public universities are offering more opportunities for students to complete their degrees in less time and for less money.
Under the direction of Gov. John Kasich and the approval of the state legislature, the state’s 13 public universities were to make the completion of 10 percent of their programs achievable within three years by October 15, and 60 percent of their programs by 2014. The transition is a result of a provision included in the Ohio fiscal year 2012-2013 budget bill to lessen the amount of time it takes for students to complete their degree and enter the job market while still receiving a quality education.
“Giving students the option of earning a bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four or more years will help them save money while encouraging the completion of their college education,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. “Time can be the enemy of many students entering a college or university, and a shortened time frame to obtain the credit hours needed to earn their degree, in addition to the savings, will make these students available to employers more quickly.”
Gov. Kasich has cited job creation and sustainable economic growth as his top priorities for the state. Petro said three-year degree completion will help increase the number of Ohioans with college degrees, which in turn will help Ohio’s economy.
“The three-year degree option is one more way to ensure students are ready to enter the work force,” said Petro, adding that the three-year option also gives students the opportunity to pursue a dual major, spend time studying abroad or complete an internship.
Petro stressed that students pursuing the three-year option still need the same number of credits to graduate as those on a four-year track.
The public universities affected by the three-year degree provision are as follows:
- Bowling Green State University
- Central State University
- Cleveland State University
- Kent State University
- Miami University
- The Ohio State University
- Ohio University
- Shawnee State University
- University of Akron
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Toledo
- Wright State University
- Youngstown State University
About the Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.
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