Press Release

Ohio’s New State Budget Targets Needs of Students, Employers

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law Ohio’s new state budget. Chancellor Randy Gardner said the new budget aims to meet the needs of students and employers, positioning Ohio for enhanced education attainment and a strengthened economy.

“This budget continues the DeWine Administration’s focus on student-centered education policies, addressing affordability and accessibility of higher education that brightens Ohio’s economic future,” Chancellor Gardner said.

Budget highlights pertaining to higher education include:

Ohio and Serbia Pledge Educational Cooperation through MOU

Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Mr. Marko Đurić, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the United States of America, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation on Friday, May 14. The document pledges that the parties will continue and strengthen the cooperation at the level of primary, secondary, and higher education.

‘College Comeback’ Launched to Offer Returning Students a Path to a Degree or Credential

Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner today announced he has issued formal guidance to Ohio’s public colleges and universities allowing for the creation of a voluntary program that would offer student debt relief in exchange for re-enrollment. The guidance, branded as College Comeback, would enable institutions to follow the example of public institutions who already offer these opportunities.

STEM Scholarship Will Further Bolster Ohio’s Technology Workforce

A new scholarship will boost Ohio’s efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The scholarship, part of the Choose Ohio First (COF) program, will support an estimated 3,400 Ohio students who are new to the program, along with an additional 3,000 existing COF scholars. The scholarship was announced by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner after the award total of $69,826,882, to be awarded over the next five years, was approved by the State Controlling Board.

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