Press Release

Statewide Anti-Hazing Plan Released 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has launched a statewide plan for preventing hazing at colleges and universities across the state.

The plan includes a model anti-hazing policy as well as guidelines for various college and university stakeholders to use in developing and implementing anti-hazing education and training programs. Materials in the plan were created in response to Senate Bill 126, also referred to as Collin’s Law in honor of Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old man who died in a hazing incident in 2018. 

Ohio Receives Seven-Year, $28 Million GEAR UP Grant

Ohio has been selected to receive federal funding under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant.

The grant – from the U.S. Department of Education – is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students prepare for college and receive the support needed to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Ohio will receive $4 million annually for seven years to reduce barriers to college access and completion by:

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.