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Last updated 10:17AM ET
July 18, 2018
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Ohio's Private Colleges and Universities
(WOUB) - Private colleges in Southeast Ohio are waiting to find out what kind of role they'll play in Ohio's aggressive 10-year plan for higher education.

Ohio's Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut announced the plan in March, which hopes to increase enrollment and cut costs in public colleges under the new "University System of Ohio."

The state wants to bring the amount spent per student to the national average, bring tuition costs to among the lowest in the nation and increase enrollment by nearly one-half.

But Marietta College President Jean Scott says she still doesn't know what this means for private schools.

Scott said, We're willing and interested in working as partner with the University system of Ohio.' If in fact the state of Ohio wants to educate 180,000 more students in the next 20 years, they are going to need the capacity of the independent colleges as well as the public universities and we're very willing to be part of that.

The state would have to spend roughly $420,000,000 for Ohio to meet the national average on state spending with current enrollment numbers.

Maintaining the national average with the addition 230,000 more students will take an unprecedented level of funding.
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