Report: Ohio Beats National Average in Enrollment Gains, Holding Down Tuition

COLUMBUS – With larger enrollment gains and falling average tuition costs, the University System of Ohio beat the national average on two important measurements presented in a national report released early this week. The "State Higher Education Finance FY 2010" report showed continuing record classes at many public colleges and universities grew Ohio's total enrollment by 7.7 percent against a national average of 6.3 percent. Meanwhile, despite a challenging state budget, net tuition revenue per student in Ohio declined by 3.5 percent compared to a nationwide increase of 3.4 percent.

"Growing the state's educated workforce is a key factor in Ohio's future prosperity and the overriding mission of the University System of Ohio," Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut said. "Enrolling more students and helping those students access the low-cost college pathways are two critical strategies in meeting that responsibility. Today's report shows strong progress on both."

The report, issued annually by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (Boulder, Colorado) with support from College Board (Reston, Virginia), compares all 50 states on a series of rankings based on enrollment, tuition, and state support.

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us

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