Breaking News: Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey announced the state’s new attainment goal on Monday, May 9, at Columbus State Community College during the Go Higher Ohio: Summit on Post-Secondary Education Attainment. That goal? To have 65% of Ohioans hold a postsecondary degree or credential by 2025.
Currently, only 43% of Ohioans hold either a two-year or four-year degree or credential, yet 56% of “in-demand jobs” in Ohio require some education beyond high school. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, these numbers will grow to encompass 64% of Ohio jobs by 2020.
Higher Education Compact Project Director Maggie McGrath presented at the Go Higher Ohio conference about the work being done in Cleveland to increase postsecondary attainment. She was joined by Derran Wimer, Executive Director of the Summit Education Initiative, and Geoff Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Strive Partnership of Greater Cincinnati.
A common practice among these three collective impact organizations include serving as a neutral convener (or as Derren called it, a “Switzerland”) with one constituency in mind – students. The organizations also share practices of aligning committed community, higher education and foundation partners around common goals and using data to make decisions and drive increases in equity.
National and regional conference panelist representatives concluded that, while there is meaningful work occurring, if the state is serious about reaching the new attainment goal of 65%, more must be done regionally and state-wide to accelerate degree completion for both traditional and nontraditional students.