WHAT IS FORWARD OHIO?
Forward Ohio is a public awareness campaign to show how Ohio higher education institutions promote growth and opportunity in our state.
Today Ohio faces a shortage of adults with college-level knowledge and skills needed to fill the majority of current and future jobs. By 2016, only 44.1% percent of working-age Ohioans had earned postsecondary credentials. In response, Ohio has established a statewide Attainment Goal:
“By 2025, 65 percent of working-age adults in Ohio will have a degree, certificate or other credentials of value in the marketplace.”
The Value of Higher Education
AN INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST YOU CAN MAKE
The average graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university will earn approximately $1 million more during his or her lifetime than an individual with only a high school diploma.
AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE BENEFITS EVERYONE
While a single college degree benefits individuals, many college degrees strengthen local and state economies. And communities with more-educated workforces tend to be healthier, wealthier and better able to compete in today’s global economy.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH DRIVES OHIO’S INNOVATION ECONOMY
University-industry partnerships in Ohio drive discovery, economic growth, and job creation. Universities play a critical role in preparing a globally competitive workforce with a robust capacity for innovation. Their cutting-edge research lead to transformative innovations that spawn new industries, reinvigorate the manufacturing sector, create high-wage jobs, and positively impact our daily lives.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IMPROVES OUR LIVES AND OUR WORLD
Universities in Ohio are researching life-saving drugs, fixing threatening environmental issues, and much more. Basic research produces cures and solutions to improve our quality of life while providing experiential learning opportunities and on-the-job training for undergraduate and graduate students. University research trains our next generation of researchers who will make future contributions that will improve public health, the economy and our communities, nation and world.
OUR UNIVERSITIES ARE COMMITTED TO KEEPING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE
Ohio's private and public colleges and universities are working hard to make college more affordable. SOCHE members offer Cross Registration, allowing students to take degree applicable classes at other institutions to speed up graduation. Ohio public universities are national leaders in containing college costs, with five-year tuition growth well below the national average – and have among the lowest rates of tuition increases in the nation.
Economic Impact of Higher Ed in Southwestern Ohio
Higher education provides significant economic and social value to Ohio communities, citizens, and businesses.
Today Ohio faces a shortage of adults with college-level knowledge and skills needed to fill the majority of current and future jobs. By 2016, only 44.1% percent of working-age Ohioans had earned postsecondary credentials.
Ohio needs an additional 1.3 million Ohioans to achieve postsecondary credentials. Recognizing the need to quickly and substantially increase college completion rates, Ohio’s colleges and universities have launched a number of initiatives designed to support student success, increase degree completion, reduce student debt, and more effectively connect degree holders to successful careers.
The challenge is substantial. But together we’re making progress. The number of degrees awarded in Ohio has increased by 17,934 (20 percent) between 2011 and 2016.
Join the Effort
Volunteer at career events
SOCHE facilitates events that educate K-12 students about different, in-demand career paths they may want to pursue. These events inspire students to consider higher education to reach their goal career.
Join a Career Interest Committee
SOCHE and partners have formed committees to problem-solve and plan activities that will drive interest in key in-demand careers. These committees help students learn how to reach their desired careers.
Explore Higher Education Options in Ohio
Locating the college with the degree program can be a lot of research time. Degree Finder has compiled 23 colleges and universities in Southwestern Ohio to simplify the search for the ideal education.
By the Numbers
Enrollment and Achievements of SOCHE Members
|SOCHE MEMBERS COMBINED STATS||2015-16||2014-15||2013-14||2012-13||2011-12||2010-11||2009-10||2008-09||2007-08|
|Students enrolled (FTE)||149,236||150,788||89,339||90,459||85,759||71,336||63,278||64,080||62,410|
|Out of state students*||4,948||5,137||1,755*||5,639||1,779||2,111||1,711||2,099||1,981|
|Undergraduate degrees awarded||20,375||21,712||10,718||10,976||9,908||6,271||6,791||6,760||6,418|
|Associate degrees awarded||5,872||5,313||4,567||5,102||3,437||3,649||3,273||3,307||3,055|
|Undergraduate STEMM degrees awarded||2,368||2,105||1,195||1,215||5,477||1,648||1,459||1,460||1,372|
|Undergraduate degrees awarded to Black and Hispanic students||2,266||2,380||1,806||3,342||1,377||918||890||890||914|
|Graduate and professional degrees awarded||9,604||9,169||5,184||5,182||5,764||3,413||2,874||2,918||2,958|
|Graduate and professional degrees awarded to Black and Hispanic students||1,067||1,054||889||996||994||314||373||272||307|
* Only 13 institutions reported this statistic.