About the Central Ohio Compact

Ohio's Critical Challenge

According to Complete College America, 59 percent of Ohio's jobs will require a postsecondary credential by 2020. Thirty-six percent of Ohio's adults currently hold this qualification. The Lumina Foundation has proposed a national goal of having 60 percent of Americans holding a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

The Central Ohio Compact is a regional strategy to achieve this goal through deep and planned collaboration between and among K-12 districts, higher education institutions, employers, and other stakeholders.

Most Central Ohio students are lost along the way.

Central Ohio is home to a diverse array of K-12 districts and institutions of higher learning. Columbus State Community College hosted three regional summits between May 2011 and April 2012 that brought together public and private college presidents, school superintendents, college and K-12 faculty and staff, workforce and economic development professionals, and government officials.

The group concluded that by adopting a regional approach, they could create a national model of collaboration leading to a dramatic increase in college success for Central Ohio students and position the region as a leader in economic growth, per capita income, and quality of life. Work groups collaborated on the resulting strategy of the Central Ohio Compact, and a joint resolution that provides an opportunity for governing boards to demonstrate their commitment to these principles was developed.