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The Ohio Board of Regents was created in 1963 by the General Assembly to develop an independent annual report of higher education in Ohio and advise the Chancellor on higher education issues. The Ohio Board of Regents’ most recent report on higher education in Ohio was titled Advancing Ohio’s Innovation Economy, and outlines a plan to improve statewide commercialization efforts between the university research and business community. This plan includes removing barriers restricting Ohio universities and colleges from entrepreneurial activities, building statewide and regional ecosystems to support Ohio’s technology commercialization pipeline, promoting collaboration between higher education, industry, government and community, and facilitating higher education and industry research collaboration. The University System of Ohio includes 14 universities with 24 regional branch campuses, 23 community colleges, and several adult workforce education and training centers. Ohio’s universities include Ohio University, Ohio State University, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Akron.
Ohio University was founded in 1804 in Athens. According to its website, Ohio University currently has 4,353 online learning students enrolled, and College Navigator reports that Ohio University has an on-campus student population of 26,201. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ohio University No. 124 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. The institution’s eCampus offers associate degrees in business, arts and humanities, social sciences, and science. Bachelor’s degrees are available at Ohio University in technical and applied studies, criminal justice, nursing, and applied management. Online master’s degree programs are available in athletic administration, business administration, coaching education, engineering management, health administration, organizational communication, and nursing.
Ohio State University was established in 1870, and is one of the largest and most comprehensive public universities in the U.S. with 56,867 students and 14 colleges. Ohio State’s main campus is located in Columbus, and the institution operates four other locations in Ohio ó in Lima, Marion, Mansfield, and Newark. U.S. News & World Report ranks Ohio State University – Columbus No. 55 in National Universities. While Ohio State University does not currently offer online degree programs, several online courses are available from Ohio State, including courses in accounting, agriculture and agribusiness, economics, engineering aerodynamics, communications, and business.
Bowling Green State University was founded in 1910 in Bowling Green, Ohio. U.S. News & World Report ranks Bowling Green No. 177 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. Bowling Green State University offers medical and fitness, business and professional, IT, software, and media design, hospitality and gaming, skilled trades and industrial, and sustainable energy and going green certificates online. Bowling Green also offers online courses in computers and technology, test preparation, personal development, writing and publishing, and sustainable energy.