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Friday, March 11, 2011

Ohio college enrollment beats national average

Enrollment at Ohio colleges and universities has been reported to be on the upswing and now beats the national enrollment average.
The State Higher Education Finance 2010 report shows Ohio's total enrollment has grown by 7.7 percent against the national average of 6.3 percent.
The annual report that is supported by the College Board, which compares all 50 states on a series of ranks based on enrollment, tuition and state support.
Education has been a topic on the minds of everyone in the Ohio as well as the deficit in the state budget.
With talks of school cuts that includes community colleges and universities, the report shows that despite these challenges within the budget, net tuition revenue has declined in Ohio by 3.5 percent compared to a nationwide increase of 3.4 percent.
Ohioans will continue to enroll in college for better careers, but will they see a tuition increase next year due to the looming budget cuts?
Colleges like Lakeland Community College in Kirtland doesn't want to see that happen.
Lakeland President Morris Beverage said the anticipation of budget woes was one reason the college put a levy on the ballot in November.
He said the levy allowed the college to freeze tuition for next year for Lake County residents.

--Angela Gartner


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