More Ohio students must complete college, chancellor says

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John Carey says businesses and schools need to work together to get the Ohio’s workforce the education it needs.

Carey — chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, which governs the state’s university system — called on local school leaders to take on a greater role in making sure students finish college. He addressed a meeting of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at the Dayton Marriott.

Carey said a more proactive approach to graduation rates is essential not only to help schools obtain state funding, but also to keep Ohio’s economy competitive.

The statewide workforce will change in coming years, experts have said. Almost two thirds of Ohio jobs will require a college degree by 2020, according to a report from Georgetown University. At the same time, Ohio’s public higher education institutions are switching funding models. No longer will colleges receive state funding based solely on attendance. Instead, 50 percent of state funding will be determined by their four-year graduation rates, a move aimed at sparking a more educated workforce.

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