Let’s agree that higher education must look for savings, and that it faces stiff challenges in the way that it operates. What also deserves attention is the way Ohio has reduced its support for public colleges and universities.
Support peaked in 2009 at nearly $2.8 billion. The state currently is routing $2.33 billion to higher education, or roughly the same amount as it did in 1999. And if the sum 14 years ago had kept pace with inflation? Today, Ohio colleges and universities would receive $3.2 billion. As many students and their families know, that shortfall of nearly $1 billion amounts to a big difference.