Additional Resources-County Indicators, Public School Enrollment, Graying Labor Force, Levels of Education Needed to Support Ohio Economy, & Improving College Degree Completition

The Environmental Scan Team at Zanesville makes the following recommendations for sources that it has found to be useful:

Ohio Department of Development, Ohio County Indicators, July 2009. This report has more than 175 pages of county and state date on income, demographics, percentage of employment by economic sector, etc.

This news article talks about the coming public school enrollment decline in many areas of the state

This 2008 study from Ohio’s Job and Family Services looks at Ohio’s Graying Labor Force through 2016.

OSU’s P-12 Project did this report, “Knowledge is Power” in 2008 outlining the relationship between Ohio’s future economy and jobs and levels of education needed.

Also an additional resource passed along by Candace Boeninger

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, The College Completion Agenda

“The percentage of American adults with postsecondary credentials is not keeping pace with other industrialized nations. Improving postsecondary success for all our citizens, but most urgently for low-income and minority students, is critical to our nation’s economic and social health. To help policymakers and educators achieve the goal of 55% by 2025, The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has developed the College Completion Agenda — incorporating a Progress Report that will be updated annually and a companion State Policy Guide that was co-created with the National Conference of State Legislatures.”


Higher Education Challenges: A Collection of Observations

Interesting information on economic issues facing institutions of higher education can be found in the series of “National Crosstalk” newsletters from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

James Duderstadt, “Aligning American Higher Education with a 21st Century Agenda

Michael Crow, “Enterprise: The Path to Transformation for Emerging Public Universities

Michael Crow, “Building an Entrepreneurial University

Luis M. Proenza, “Beyond Research Rankings,” Inside Higher Education, May 17, 2007

Mortgaging Our Future: How Financial Barriers to College Undercut America’s Global Competitiveness, ” 2006

Transition Matters-Community College to Bachelor’s Degree,” 2008

Federal Reserve “Beige Book”

Summary of Current Economic Conditions, Federal Reserve.

“Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources.”

Overview of Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will have an impact on Ohio University in a variety of ways including our academic programs in health and wellness, the costs and types of benefits we offer our employees, the availability of research funding, and the delivery of clinical services (just to name a few issues).  The following report provides some analysis of what to expect from the PPACA.  Thanks to Jennifer Horner for passing it along.

C. Stephen Redhead and Erin D. Williams, “Public Health, Workforce, Quality, and Related Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), March 24, 2010, Congressional Research Service.

From the Introduction:  “Among its many provisions, PPACA creates a mandate for most U.S. residents to obtain health insurance and provides for the establishment of insurance exchanges through which certain individuals and families will be able to receive federal subsidies to reduce the cost of purchasing that coverage. In addition, PPACA significantly expands eligibility for Medicaid; substantially reduces the growth in Medicare spending that had been projected under preexisting law; imposes an excise tax on insurance plans with relatively high premiums; and makes other changes to the federal tax code, Medicare, Medicaid, and numerous other programs. This report, one of a series of CRS products on PPACA, summarizes the new law’s workforce, prevention, quality, and related provisions. It begins with some background on health care delivery reform, followed by an overview of the report’s content and organization.”

Coping Strategies for Universities & Useful Database for Higher Education Finance

The Delta Project Report entitled “Trends in College Spending 1998-2008: Where Does the Money Come From? Where Does It Go? What Does It Buy?” was posted on July 8 along with a link to an interactive database that allows access to “information on finance, performance, and enrollments for individual institutions, groups of institutions, or the nation as a whole.”  The database offers a useful way of understanding a set of complicated factors, and at Craig Cornell’s recommendation I’m drawing specific attention to its features.  The database has six “primary metrics”:

  • Revenue: Where Does the Money Come From?
  • Expenditures: Where Does the Money Go?
  • Cost/Price/Subsidy: What’s the Student Share of Costs?
  • Performance: Outcomes and Spending
  • Spending Comparisons: Prices and Enrollment vs. Spending
  • Enrollment: Where Do Students Go?


Christine M. Keller, “Coping Strategies of Public Universities During the Economic Recession of 2009: Results of a Survey on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on University Campuses,” (November 2009) Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

“In August and September of 2009, APLU surveyed its 188 member universities about the financial situation on their campuses.  The survey asked for information on state appropriations, tuition and fees, student enrollment, and educational revenues.  It also asked institutions how they were handling budget shortfall in both the short- and the long-term.”

Role of Politics in State Higher Ed. Funding, OU Campus Master Plan, and State of Ohio Job Outlook

Michael K. McLendon, James C. Hearn, and Christine G. Mokher “Partisans, Professionals, and Power: The Role of Political Factors in State Higher Education Funding,” The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 80, No. 6 (November/December 2009).

“In this paper, we report the results of a longitudinal analysis of factors associated with state funding effort for higher education. We begin by developing a conceptual framework that more closely integrates key state political indicators that have received insufficient attention in the past. The focus then turns to describing the construction of a panel data set and a fixed-effects analysis that we conducted on the drivers of state appropriations to higher education, measured as appropriations per $1,000 personal income, over a period of nearly two decades, from 1984 to 2004. The concluding section identifies several findings providing distinctively new perspectives on patterns of state support for higher education over this period.”

Ohio University Campus Master Plan (Facilities Planning and Space Management)

State of Ohio Job Outlook, Employment Projections to 2016, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on College Enrollment/Work Activity of 2009 H.S. Graduates

“College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2009 High School Graduates,” April 2010

“In October 2009, 70.1 percent of 2009 high school graduates were enrolled in
colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported [on April 27, 2010].
This was a historical high for the series, which began in 1959. Recent high
school graduates not enrolled in college in October 2009 were more likely than
enrolled graduates to be in the labor force (70.0 compared with 42.1 percent).”