The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University is partnering with Ohio’s 13 other public universities to raise awareness of the value of public higher education and spur efforts to produce more college graduates to close the state’s higher education attainment gap.
The statewide campaign, called Forward Ohio, strives to mobilize public support for enhanced investment in public higher education and ensure that it is a public policy imperative for state government.
“We know that higher education is a smart investment for the college graduate who will earn $1 million more than a high school graduate over the course of a lifetime,” UT President Sharon Gaber said.
“It also is a smart investment for the state because Ohio needs a highly skilled work force to attract and retain the jobs of the future. Public universities like the University of Toledo play an important role in training the majority of those skilled workers.”
According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, studies indicate that about 66 percent of jobs in Ohio in 2025 will require a degree, certificate, or other post-secondary work force credential. Currently, just 44 percent of working-age Ohioans have these credentials.
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