This year, Ohio will change its funding model for colleges and universities. Schools will now receive the bulk of their state funding based on the number of students who graduate, not the number of students who enroll as colleges did previously. Some campuses, like Cleveland State University, say they embrace the change and welcome the challenge to push more students to graduate. But critics question whether this could lead to an overall decrease in state funding for schools. And as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, state support for public colleges has been on a steady decline over the last 25 years.
The SAT test–one of the most widely used college entrance exams in the country–is getting a major overhaul. The College Board announced today the essay portion will become optional, vocabulary words in the reading portion will become more relevant to the workplace, and the maximum score will drop down from 2400 back to 1600. College Board also plans to offer fee waivers to four colleges for low income students. As NPR reports, the changes come after growing cynicism about the ability of high stakes, standardized exams to predict how well students will perform in college.
The essay is optional. Scores will return to 1,600. And there’ll be no penalties if you answer something incorrectly: Those are the big takeaways from the changes announced today to the SAT. The College Board said Wednesday that the revisions, the first updates to the college entrance exam since 2005, will take effect in 2016.
The computer-based tests are aligned to Ohio’s new learning standards. They include the Common Core standards that Ohio and 45 other states adopted, as well as state generated science and social studies standards.
This summer, Ohio will change the way it funds colleges and universities. Schools will now receive state dollars based on the number of students who complete degrees, not the number who enroll. The idea is to push colleges to focus more on getting students to graduate. But as the Columbus Dispatch report, a loophole in the new policy could prompt campuses like Kent State University to grant more associates degrees in an effort to get more funding.
Leaders at Kent State University say they have found a way to grant more degrees and earn more money from the state. But officials at some other schools say the idea exploits a loophole in state rules and could hurt other colleges.
Two new Cleveland schools aimed at giving ninth through twelfth graders college credit and immersion in arts education are receiving a funding boost from the Gund Foundation.
At its meeting last week, the philanthropy group approved $649,000 worth of grants for Cleveland’s Bard Early College High School and its Digital Arts High School.
Program officer Ann Mullin says the grants are the latest of the foundation’s efforts to support the Cleveland Plan–the district’s broad strategy to build specialty schools and improve academic performance.
Gee has been keeping the president’s chair warm in the interim at West Virginia University while the board of governors searches for a full time leader. But as the Columbus Dispatch reports, the search committee is now recommending Gee be officially appointed to the position.
A search committee at West Virginia University has chosen E. Gordon Gee as its next permanent president, the university announced yesterday. Gee, who retired from Ohio State University last summer, did not say whether he would take the job but provided a comment through West Virginia University.
Ohio’s policy that allows school districts to accept students from outside their enrollment boundaries has shifted more than $360 million and 72,000 students across districts. Many suburban districts say open enrollment allows them to increase efficiency by serving more students and fill budget holes. Urban districts, though, say the policy causes them to lose several middle class and high performing students. And as the Akron Beacon Journal reports, the legislature doesn’t have much of an appetite to revise the policy any time soon.
Last year, $360 million in public school funding was shuffled from one community to another as 72,000 students sought an education in a different school district. It’s all because of open enrollment, a process that allows parents to send their children across district borders without changing their address.
The estimated 24,000 students who drop out of Ohio schools every year lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in annual income.
The latest data from the Pew Institute shows the income gap between those with only a high school diploma and those with a bachelor’s degree is $17,500. The Census Bureau shows that gap doubles when comparing those without a diploma.
Tucked into a list of education proposals Governor Kasich unveiled in his State of the State speech Monday was a measure that actually has already taken affect – making funding to colleges and universities dependent on student success.
The new higher education funding formula already passed as part of the state budget last year, but on Monday night, Governor Kasich gave it a little more limelight.
“Colleges and universities will not get any of these state dollars that has gone to them traditionally based on enrollment,” Kasich said. “They will only get paid if students complete courses or students get degrees. No more wandering around. This is a big deal for our students and for our schools.”