A smart approach to higher ed capital spending

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We're glad to see a good 2012 idea get another go-around in 2014, as the presidents of Ohio's public colleges and universities begin to hash out plans for how best to spend the money the state will allocate for construction projects on their campuses.

Gov. John Kasich deserves credit for putting the process of deciding how to carve up higher education's portion of the state's capital budget in the hands of the schools. He first tried this collaborative approach two years ago, when he charged a committee led by the then-president of Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee, with creating a wish list of construction projects to take before the Legislature.

By February 2012, the state's three dozen public colleges and universities had settled on a single, $350 million list, which the committee shipped to the governor in a report signed by the presidents of all the schools.

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