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Ohio Officials Look for Ways to Make College More Affordable

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Higher ed officials are pushing for stronger partnerships among colleges and universities to make costs more affordable for students.

A proposed bill would encourage public universities to team up with community colleges for what are known as 3+1 programs. That’s when a student goes to a community college for three years, then transfers to the four-year institution to finish a degree.

Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey says that would not only help people avoid debt but would expand access to low-income Ohioans.

“The more pathways we can give students to access higher education, the more successful that we’ll be.”

So far, Ohio University, Miami University and Franklin University in Columbus have the most 3+1 partnerships with community colleges.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.