A panel studying ways to boost Ohio's college graduation rate says tuition should be raised on students to out-of-state amounts, and the state should withhold money from those students' institutions if they're taking years and years to graduate.
In a report released today, the Complete College Ohio Task Force says institutions should tie tuition guarantees to completing on a set schedule, and distribute financial aid like a paycheck to encourage students to work less and take more classes. Ohio Chancellor Jim Petro told educators in Columbus that completion is the state's most important higher education challenge. Only about a quarter of Ohioans hold college degrees, about five points below the national average. The task force recommends that families and high schools get more engaged, and sooner, in students' college planning