Ohio's new system of colleges can turn around the state's lagging economy if the universities develop focused, world-class programs, lure international students and help graduates find jobs in state, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut said this week.
“We want a higher-education system that offers every kid growing up in Ohio opportunities that will allow him or her to stay here, prosper and raise a family,” Fingerhut told a standing-room crowd of nearly 300 students, professors and staff at Ohio University.
Fingerhut shared his vision of how the new University System of Ohio will develop in the coming decade, and help make the state more competitive in the global economy during a public forum.
Last month, Gov. Ted Strickland ordered the creation of the system to increase cooperation among schools and reduce duplication of programs by having colleges determine their strengths.
The system will consist of the state's 13 public universities, 24 regional branch campuses, 23 two-year colleges and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. The state's adult and technical centers also are expected to join.