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: In an unprecedented affordability commitment, the university will ensure that Ohio students who qualify for Pell Grants receive an aid package that covers the full cost of tuition. This follows a commitment to invest $100 million in additional need-based aid by 2020. President’s Affordability Grants, for example, have provided $60 million to low- and moderate-income students thus far.
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.
The Early Childhood Education Professional Preparation Pipeline program, launched in 2016, awards full-tuition scholarships at Ohio State for teachers who have already earned their associate's degrees.
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.
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”
“Ohio State University will cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees for low-income in-state students who receive aid from other sources. The university said it expects to spend more than $11 million a year to fill the financial gap left after students are awarded Pell grants, Ohio College Opportunity Grants and any merit awards.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Ohio State University to cover financial gap for in-state, low-income students”