In an era of rising costs and competition, Ohio State is taking steps to provide education that is both affordable and excellent.
Lead the national conversation: Ohio State is a founding member of the American Talent Initiative, which aims to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students on college campuses. It is also a charter participant in the University Innovation Alliance. President Drake serves in leadership positions for numerous higher education groups whose work broadly aligns with the university’s vision.
Expand student aid: The President’s Affordability Grants are part of an initiative to dedicate at least $400 million by 2020 to improve the value of an Ohio State education. In the program's first year, it provided aid to more than 12,000 low- and middle-income students; in 2016-2017, the program expanded to approximately 15,700 students.
Focus on excellence: Ohio State established the new University Institute for Teaching and Learning to enhance the learning experience for students, share best practices and apply student-centered analytics to improve outcomes. Ohio State has been recognized nationally for its strong committment to undergraduate teaching.
Each summer, President Drake travels throughout Ohio to share his vision for Ohio State.
“It’s our job, particularly at public universities, to make a college education available to people from our community, from our region to be able to grow the quality of our enterprise.”
– osu.edu, “Opportunities for the people of Ohio”
Find out more about scholarship students and excellent teaching faculty who are helping Ohio State achieve the 2020 Vision.
Preparing future Buckeyes
The Buckeye Student Leadership Academy is an opportunity for high-achieving first-generation, rural and/or underrepresented minority students to experience an intensive taste of college life over 3 ½ days.
American Talent Initiative
Ohio State is a founding member of a national initiative to increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students on college campuses.
IN THE NEWS
“Talent knows no geography ... A deeper commitment by the nation’s top colleges and universities to focus as a collective to attract and support more talent will benefit the nation by unleashing potential, encouraging economic development, increasing the tax base, and accelerating the country’s ability to compete in today’s global knowledge economy.”
– The Washington Post, op-ed by Michael V. Drake and Daniel R. Porterfield, “The new American Talent Initiative on college campuses. It isn’t about singing or dancing.”
“(Ohio State) is among four public four-year universities and a handful of private universities in the state that will receive money with the aim of preventing low-income students from dropping out due to financial problems.”
– Associated Press/WOSU Radio, “Ohio State Receives $210,000 For Student Emergency Grants”
“When she was in fifth grade, her teacher nominated her for the Ohio State University's Young Scholars Program, which aims to increase diversity at OSU and improve degree completion among academically talented, low-income, first-generation students.”