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Ohio State Joins Alliance To Help More Post-Secondary Students Make It To Graduation

Ohio State University is joining with ten other public research universities across the country to find way to boost their graduation rates in an effort aimed especially at lower income students.

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation says the U.S. will need 22 million graduates by 2018 to fill all the predicted jobs that will require some kind of postsecondary education, but is only on track to graduate 19 million. The shortfall, the Lumina study shows, means lost economic potential nationally, and a tougher life financially for individuals who never finish college.

The University Innovation Alliance is out to do something about it; it’s a collaboration of 11 large public universities to develop new ways of helping students overcome the impediments to completing a degree.

“I’d say it’s the first time in a long time in higher education that I’ve seen universities working together for a change instead of being highly competitive like we always are,” says Joseph Steinmetz, provost at Ohio State. He says OSU will share its expertise in developing so-called pipeline programs that prepare kids for college well before they arrive.  Steinmetz says helping transfer students is also an OSU priority.