Higher education budget seeks to expand ‘3-plus-1’ degrees

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s higher education leader says Gov. John Kasich’s administration will seek in its upcoming budget to expand partnerships that allow students to take three of four years of their bachelor’s degree coursework at a community college.

Chancellor John Carey said Monday expanding “3-plus-1” programs between two- and four-year institutions would continue to reduce Ohio college costs. Kasich’s midterm budget also calls for up to 10 bachelor’s degrees to be offered through community colleges.

Further, the proposal includes a pilot program where high-school students could receive remediation in tandem with college-level work and skills-based competency certificates, and a requirement that public universities continue cost-sharing and other savings opportunities.

Ohio would also join a Midwest reciprocity program under the plan that provides reduced tuition for select programs at participating out-of-state institutions.