Initiatives

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is pursuing several initiatives to increase completion rates of Ohio's college students and continues to work to close the unemployment gap by filling Ohio's jobs with educated and experienced Ohioans.

If Ohio is to succeed economically, more students must complete their degrees. For every one percentage point increase in the percentage of Ohioans who earn a bachelor's degree, Ohio will see economic activity equal to $2.5 billion per year.

Citizens who earn an associate's degree earn nearly $5,000 more annually than those with only a high school diploma. Bachelor's degree holders earn almost $20,000 more per year than those with only a high school diploma.

By implementing these initiatives statewide, the Ohio Department of Higher Education is aiming to increase the number of citizens with degrees and stimulate Ohio's economy.