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Ohio Board of Regents
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

In Ohio, the Partnership for Continued Learning was created by law to support regional efforts and make recommendations to foster collaboration among all sectors of education, pre-K through postsecondary. Recommendations are to address the alignment of high school academic standards and graduation tests with the expectations of employers and postsecondary institutions. Also to be addressed are the expansion and improvement of the postsecondary education options program and other dual enrollment programs. The state requires that every district have a plan to serve gifted students through postsecondary education options, Advanced Placement, and/or other programs. The postsecondary education options program provides for high school students in 9th through 12th grades to dual enroll at a college part- or full-time. The state board of education must set rules to govern the program, including rules for providing all students with information on the program, and for providing counseling to potential student participants and their parents about the risks and consequences to their participation. The rules allow students to elect themselves whether to receive dual credit for courses or only college credit. The state also determines funding for participating institutions, with postsecondary institutions receiving a portion of school district funds for dual enrollees' tuition, books, materials, and fees; in the case of student participants from private schools, colleges are reimbursed from a pot of state funds set aside for this purpose. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Ohio Rev. Code 3301.41 - Partnership for Continued Learning
Ohio Rev. Code 3301.42 - Recommendations for Collaboration Among Educational Providers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.533 - Alternative School - Plan
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3324.07 - District Plan for Service of Gifted Students

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.01 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Definitions
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.02 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Established
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.021 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Counseling for Students at Nonpublic School
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.03 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Student May Apply for College Enrollment
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.04 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Enrollment Options
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.041 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Notice of Expulsion of Student
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.05 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Awarding High School Credit
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.06 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Restrictions on Enrollment
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.07 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Calculation of Average Daily Membership
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.08 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Participant Furnished With All Textbooks and Materials - Financial Aid Ineligibility - Transportation Reimbursement
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.09 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Provisions Not Applicable to Full-Time Students
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3365.10 - Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program: Application by Nonpublic School Student
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ADULT LEARNERS

Adult education in Ohio is divided into three areas: Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE), Adult Workforce Education (AWE) and GED programs. ABLE programs are governed through a state plan that includes needs assessment information, a description of Ohio's adult education and literacy activities, state performance and quality measures, strategies for serving target populations, procedures for local service providers to seek funding, the program for serving institutionalized adults, and state leadership activities. AWE programs are a partnership between business/industry and the state to provide career-technical education to prepare adults for the workforce, primarily using WorkKeys training. GED programs are administered in centers throughout the state. According to state statute (Ohio Rev. Code 3313.52), the board of education of any city, exempted village, or local school district may organize an evening school for adults. Any person older than 18 years old can attend as long as they pay tuition if required by the local board. The Department of Education in Ohio distributes state funds to organizations that qualify for federal funds under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Each program receiving these funds must file program performance reviews. Adult learners aspiring to obtain a high school diploma can earn high school credit through work experience or experiences as a volunteer, completion of academic, vocational or self-improvement courses, other life experiences considered by the local board to provide knowledge and learning experiences comparable to that gained in a classroom setting. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Basic Education/Literacy

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.52 - Evening Schools

Adult Learners, Funding

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.40 - Distribution of State Funds for Adult Education Services

Adult Learners, General Policy

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.52 - Evening Schools
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.611 - High School Credit, Adult Education Diplomas
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.641 - Summer Schools, Adult Classes, and Postgraduate Instruction, Assignment of Students Formerly Expelled from Regular High School
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3313.644 - Contract for Education or Training of Out-of-School Youth or Adults, Nonresident Students or Trainees

Credit for Prior Learning

Ohio Board of Regents Directive 2011-004 - A Proposal for Awarding College Credit for Military Training, Experience, and Coursework to Public Institutions of Higher Education in Ohio

Military/Veterans Education

Ohio Board of Regents Directive 2011-004 - A Proposal for Awarding College Credit for Military Training, Experience, and Coursework to Public Institutions of Higher Education in Ohio
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

In 1989, legislation mandated that the Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) improve the ease of transfer of credit between all public two- and four-year campuses. In response, the OBOR established an Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council (ATAC) that developed a framework to address issues of articulation and transfer, including the development of a module of general education courses that guaranteed transfer between institutions. In 2005, the legislature passed the Universal Course Equivalency Classification System for State Institutions of Higher Education which required the OBOR to establish policies and procedures applicable to all state institutions of higher education in an effort to ensure that students can transfer coursework and degrees from one state institution to another without duplication of courses. Ohio residents who complete an associate's degrees as part of an approved transfer module shall be admitted to a state institution of higher education, provided their grade point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college-level courses. Furthermore, students who are not enrolled in A.A. or A.S. degree programs but who have earned 60 semester hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students. The state also publishes a Transfer Assurance Guide to eliminate confusion about what courses are eligible for transfer. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Ohio Rev. Code 3301.41 - Partnership for Continued Learning Created
Ohio Rev. Code 3301.42 - Recommendations For Collaboration Among Educational Providers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.071 - Standards for Teacher Certification in Nontax-supported or Nonchartered, Nontax-supported Schools
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.079 - Academic Standards - Model Curriculum

Exit / Entrance Examinations

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.0710 - Ohio Graduation Tests
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.0711 - Administration and Grading of Tests

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

Ohio Rev. Code 3301.41 - Partnership for Continued Learning Created
Ohio Rev. Code 3301.42 - Recommendations for Collaboration Among Educational Providers

Middle to High School Articulation

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.0724 - Annual Aggregate Spending Report
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

State statutes have established an Access Improvement program at the Ohio Board of Regents to develop innovative statewide strategies to increase the college attendance and success rate of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education. This language established the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education as well as other initiatives specifically focused on improving the aspiration and readiness of students to pursue higher education. The Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education focuses specifically on Ohio's 29 Appalachian counties. Ohio's primary early outreach initiative is the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN). OCAN is a collaboration of local college access programs that seek to close the education deficit in Ohio by increasing the number of students in their communities who pursue education beyond high school. Currently, OCAN college access programs provide financial aid counseling, last dollar scholarships, and early awareness advising to more than 58,000 students in 245 school districts throughout the state. Ohio also maintains a portal, the Higher Education Information (HEI) system, which contains data supplied by Ohio's colleges and universities. It is a comprehensive relational database that includes data on students, courses, faculty, facilities, and finances. The Board of Regents also collects data from institutions and reports on higher education outcome measures in the areas of enrollment, preparation, transfer, academic progress, degree production and graduates' employment, financial issues, affordability, high school to college transition reports and periodic special reports. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.133 - Identifiable Unit of Department to Deal With Management of Education Data

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.0710 - Statewide Achievement Assessments
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3302.01 - Performance Standard Definitions
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3302.02 - Performance Indicators for Report Cards
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3302.03 - Annual Report on Extent That Districts, Buildings and State as a Whole Meet Performance Indicators

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.04 - Powers and Duties of Chancellor
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.041 - Annual Report to the Governor
Performance-Based Subsidy Formula - Chancellor Fingerhut

Reporting Systems that Address Student Transition or Provide Feedback to High Schools

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.04 - Powers and Duties of Chancellor
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Desegregation

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.19 - Program to Support School Boards Voluntarily Adopting Desegregation Plan
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FINANCE

The Ohio Board of Regents is a coordinating board and has no authority to set tuition and fees. Instead, the boards of trustees at each institution, whether state universities or community colleges, set their own resident and non-resident tuition and fee levels, with residency defined by state code. However, the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents does have the authority to enter into reciprocal residential tuition agreements with neighboring states. Tuition is waived for veterans, and for spouses and dependents of public service officers killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3345.01 - Tuition Charge for Nonresidents of Ohio

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.26 - Waiving Tuition for Child or Spouse of Public Service Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3345.05 - Administration of Moneys; Annual Reports by Recipients; Investments; Investment Committee
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3358.08 - Power and Duties of Board of Trustees
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

The Ohio Board of Regents bases its assessment and placement policy on a set of College Readiness Expectations. The Regents have recommended ACT and COMPASS cut scores for English and algebra, but institutions may use other standardized exams or a homegrown assessment. Institutions are encouraged to use cut score "decision zones" or "placement ranges" and to consider other measures beyond assessment results. The Board of Regents has expanded the state's performance funding system to reward institutions that accelerate students' progress and that contribute to the completion of remedial courses. Beginning in 2014-15, Ohio statute will place restrictions on the operating subsidies that state universities can receive to provide remedial services. Ohio produces two reports that include remedial education data. One includes student remedial participation data at institutions. Another report, which has been required by statute that appears to expire in Fall 2012, tracks recent high school graduates' enrollment in college remediation and their completion of college-preparation curriculum. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Collaborative Efforts to Reduce the Need for Remediation

Ohio Rev. Code 3301.41 - Partnership for Continued Learning Created
Ohio Rev. Code 3301.42 - Recommendations For Collaboration Among Educational Providers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.0711 - Administration and Grading of Tests
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Ohio Board of Regents administers merit- and need-based student aid programs provided primarily by state sources. Ohio's need-based grants include the Ohio Instructional Grant, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, and the Ohio Student Choice Grant Program, which is for students attending independent, non-profit colleges and universities. The Ohio Academic Scholarship is the state's merit-based program. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Ohio spent 159,551 million for need-based aid and 61,860 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.17 - Reciprocal Contracts With Institutions in Neighboring States For Tuition and Fees
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.21 - Eligibility for Academic Scholarships; Basis of Award
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.27 - Student Choice Grant Program
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.372 - Outstanding Scholarship and Priority Needs Fellowship Programs
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3333.375 - Outstanding Scholarship and Priority Needs Fellowship Programs Payment Funds
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3334.17 - Scholarship Programs to Award Scholarships Consisting of Tuition Credits
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TEACHING QUALITY

In 2003, the Governor's Commission on Teaching Success finalized its recommendations and reported to the Governor, recommending changes to policy on teacher recruitment, preparation, retention, professional development, and the learning environment that exists in state K-12 schools. Later that same year, the legislature created the Educator Standards Board and called for the development of a statewide articulation and transfer strategy to improve the recruitment and preparation of teachers, particularly in high-need areas and with the engagement of the community and technical college sector in Ohio. Since then, the state has made efforts to move toward a performance pay system in some of the larger urban districts and has implemented a value-added progress dimension to determine school and district improvement and teacher contributions to that improvement. (Last updated 2008)

Alignment of Teacher Preparation with K-12 Standards

Ohio Rev. Code 3301.41 - Partnership for Continued Learning Created
Ohio Rev. Code 3301.42 - Recommendations For Collaboration Among Educational Providers

Licensure and Certification

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3301.071 - Standards for Teacher Certification in Nontax-supported or Nonchartered, Nontax-supported Schools
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.088 - Educational Aide Permits; Educational Paraprofessional Licenses For Educational Assistants
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.22 - Standards and Requirements For Educator Licenses - Local Professional Development Committees
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.23 - Standards and Courses of Study for Preparation and Licensing of Teachers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.28 - Provisional Educator License for STEM Sschool Teacher
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.55 - Grant Program for Teachers

Professional Development

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.071 - Professional Development Program for Teachers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.131 - Leaves of Absence for Professional Growth
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.22 - Standards and Requirements For Educator Licenses - Local Professional Development Committees
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.235 - Integrating Educational Technology
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.55 - Grant Program for Teachers

Recruitment

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.26 - Alternative Educator Licenses
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.42 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel

Supply and Demand Strategies

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.26 - Alternative Educator Licenses
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.42 - Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel

Teacher Preparation

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.071 - Professional Development Program for Teachers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.23 - Standards and Courses of Study for Preparation and Licensing of Teachers
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.235 - Integrating Educational Technology
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 3319.28 - Provisional Educator License for STEM Sschool Teacher
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