OU’s McDavis Will Help With State Budget

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Ohio University President Roderick McDavis will be a part of a new group of college presidents making decisions about how state colleges and universities will be funded in Governor John Kasich's new budget.

McDavis told Athens reporters in a news conference today that these decisions are usually made by the state board of regents.

The group of college presidents hopes to come up with a proposal by Thanksgiving.

Governor Kasich has said that he wants funding to reward institutions for the number of students that graduate, not the number of students enrolled.

McDavis says he's on board with the Governor's plan.

"So much of what higher education has focused on in the past in terms of a funding formula has been input, and that is a headcount, how many students do you have," he says.  "And I think that if we can focus on output, things like graduation rates and hopefully create some incentives to get even higher graduation rates, I think that's the direction we want to move in."

President McDavis says there is no indication at this point if changes could increase or decrease funding, but feels confident that O-U will benefit.