State Leader Wants To Recognize College Benchmarks

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro(Photo: Regent's Office)
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro(Photo: Regent's Office)

The overseer of Ohio’s higher education system is proposing that students should get a career-readiness certificate after one year of college and an associate’s degree after two years, even if they’re working toward a four-year degree.

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro says recognizing those benchmarks could be a way to motivate students to finish college and help them if they leave school to get a job instead.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports Petro’s priorities include retaining more students and helping more to graduate.

Petro recently told the board he wants to implement a number of programs this year, even if university officials are opposed.

He says he’ll start with pilot programs at Central State University and Shawnee State University, which have low graduation rates.

  • Xflowers

    oh, god. Trade school.

  • Xflowers

    I’ve been thinking further about Jim Petro’s proposal. I think his benchmarks would be much more useful if they were applied to high school students. Since a sizable number of these kids never go to college for all kinds of reasons, it would be very worthwhile if high school juniors or seniors were required to have obtained “career-readiness” certificates by the time they graduate. In fact, that might prove an incentive to keep them from dropping out of high school. Right now, those who are not college bound have little incentive to complete high school because it doesn’t prepare them for much of anything else. I’m not sure what careers they would be readied for, but I’m not sure what careers college freshman would be readied for either. Perhaps they could be readied for employment as entry level computer programmers, data entry specialists, bank tellers, etc.

    This would solve several problems. One, high school graduates who don’t intend on going to college would become employable. And colleges could focus on what they are intended to do, provide higher education to those who want it. It seems to me that high schools could also help teach these kids how to market themselves. Think about it. Why not?