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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

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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

SOCHE Economic Impact Study

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

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
Students enrolled
(Unduplicated Headcount)
227,620 230,158 155,564 117,770 108,211 117,115 112,508 108,898 104,059
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
Certificates awarded 5,902 4,592 2,016 3,173 2,712 2,734 2,653 2,110 2,419

* Only 13 institutions reported this statistic.

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