Press Release

Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative Awards $1.9 Million to Eight Ohio Universities

The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), jointly managed by The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo, today announced $1.9 million in funding awards for eight Ohio universities.

This funding will support 13 collaborative research projects directed at providing the state of Ohio with comprehensive solutions for the harmful algal blooms (HABs) that affect Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Buckeye Lake and other fresh water bodies in and around Ohio.

College Credit Plus Process for 2016-17 Starts Feb. 15

Students intending to participate in the second year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can begin the notification process for the 2016-2017 school year on Feb. 15. College Credit Plus debuted at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, with more than 32,000 students enrolling to take advantage of the opportunity to get a jump start on college and reduce their costs toward a college degree.

Number of Ohio College Students Requiring Remedial Coursework Continues to Drop

The percentage of high school graduates requiring developmental coursework as they enter an Ohio public college or university dropped significantly in 2015.

Data in the recently published 2015 Ohio Remediation Report shows that the percentage of students needing remedial coursework decreased from 37 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015. There also was a reduction in the number of students solely needing mathematics remediation (from 32 to 28 percent) and English remediation (from 16 to 13 percent) during the same period.

Department of Higher Education Announces First Regional RAPIDS Awards

The state Controlling Board today approved an Ohio Department of Higher Education request to transfer $2 million in capital funds for the purpose of providing two regional awards for workforce development projects relating to the department’s Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) program. 

The funds will be awarded for projects in central and southeast Ohio.

ODHE, Higher Education Partners Launch Statewide Initiative to Prevent, Respond to Sexual Violence

A single act of sexual violence on Ohio’s college campuses is one too many. As a result, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) today launched a statewide initiative designed to help all of Ohio’s colleges and universities – public and private, two-year and four-year – prevent and better respond to incidents of sexual violence.

Ohio’s Credit When It’s Due Initiative Awards More Than 1,000 Associate Degrees

A joint initiative aimed at increasing postsecondary attainment enabled 7,000 students from 12 states – including Ohio – to secure associate degrees, helping to reduce the sizable ranks of Americans with some college but no degree. Over its 15-month duration, the program – called Credit When It’s Due – benefited more than 1,000 Ohio students.

Department of Higher Education, LIFT Launch Industry-led Manufacturing Career Council

On September 14, The Ohio Department of Higher Education and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) – in partnership with the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation – announced the creation of a Manufacturing Careers Council for the State of Ohio. With LIFT’s investment, the Ohio Department of Higher Education will work to create an industry-led council to further develop career pathways into manufacturing for Ohio’s youth and adults. Building the manufacturing workforce is critical to Ohio, where the industry contributes nearly $90 billion annually to the economy.