Press Release

‘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.

Ohio Innovation Exchange Drives State Economy by Connecting Ohio’s Research Universities with Industry

OIEx logoThe Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx), an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), provides a powerful, centralized web platform that connects business and industry with faculty research, equipment, and facilities at Ohio’s universities, facilitating partnerships and fostering economic development throughout the state.

New Choose Ohio First RFP Seeks to Provide Scholarships for STEM Programs

At Governor Mike DeWine’s press briefing today, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) that would provide funding to support scholarship programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The funding, part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Choose Ohio First program, will boost Ohio’s efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce in the STEM fields while supporting an estimated 1,400 Ohio college students of all ages. More than $20 million would be awarded over the next five years.

COVID-19 Results in Updates to College Credit Plus Program

At the recommendation of Chancellor Randy Gardner and Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, previously existing statutes, rules, and guidance relating to the College Credit Plus (CCP) program have been updated in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The updates attempt to provide as much flexibility as possible for students while continuing to implement the CCP program. CCP is Ohio’s dual enrollment program, providing students with the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time.

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