Ohio Study Tour Resource Page

Ohio Study Tour Resource Page
Ohio Study Tour Resource Page

This learning exchange provided a learning opportunity for our teams of state-level leaders to learn about Ohio’s efforts to build comprehensive pathways to postsecondary success.  During the course of the study tour, participants learned more about Ohio’s efforts to:

  • Build a broad coalition of stakeholders who collectively set a vision and action plan to guide this work
  • Implement creative solutions to strengthen the transitions between K12, postsecondary, and careers for students (both statewide and regionally)
  • Create pathways specifically for vulnerable populations including out-of-school youth, GED recipients, and academically at-risk students

Our agenda included a range of panel discussion with Ohio’s leaders from K12, higher education, workforce, business, and philanthropy paired with site visits. Our goal was for participants to listen and learn from Ohio so that they may reflect on how Ohio’s strategies might inform efforts in their own states to build comprehensive pathways to postsecondary success.

Preparing Students for Success in Life (Philanthropy Ohio)

This report identifies 16 action recommendations and analyzes Ohio’s progress in improving education opportunities for its students in early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education. This comprehensive education report is an update to our original report, Education for Ohio’s Future.

Ohio STEM Learning Network

OSLN is more than a network that only assists in starting up STEM schools. OSLN has evolved to a network that leverages existing STEM schools and programs to spread effective practices and tools across the state and the nation. We support the growth and quality of STEM education in Ohio by:

  • Connecting the best STEM schools, teachers and administrators to each other and to national resources
  • Assisting schools and communities that want to create new STEM schools and programs
  •  Driving STEM innovations through a network approach


Ohio’s Kasich Unveils Big Plans for Education in State of the State

Ohio Gov. John Kasich devoted nearly 20 minutes to education in his annual State of the State speech. Kasich raised a number of education initiatives his administration wants to work on in the future, including: high school dropouts, student mentoring, career pathways, career and technical education for middle schoolers, early childhood education funding, higher education performance-based funding and college credit for veterans. (StateImpact Ohio, 02/24/14)

Credit Transfer is the Ohio Board of Regents initiative to manage, direct and promote all programs related to and because of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy created in response to legislative concerns over the ability of students to transfer effectively between Ohio’s public post-secondary institutions of higher education.

NGA Chair’s Initiative: America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs

The Central Ohio Compact 2012: A Regional Strategy for College and Career Success

Since 2011, Columbus State Community College has led a regional strategy, The Central Ohio Compact, which has initiated a convergence of system-wide process solutions to retain students within the education pipeline by reducing or eliminating remediation, expanding early college opportunities, and guaranteeing a bachelor’s degree pathway to universities in the region.  The Central Ohio Compact, with a joint resolution adopted by numerous Central Ohio school districts and seven higher education institutions, has cemented a foundation for a regional strategy to achieve Lumina Foundation’s national goal of having 60 percent of Americans earning a post-secondary degree or certification by 2025.

College Completion Initiative: Pre-Read Fact Base and Case for Change (Ohio Business Roundtable)

This is a documentation of the work of business leaders and educational stakeholders to articulate the challenge of postsecondary success and synthesize work around a college completion and success agenda in Ohio.

Creating a World-Class Education System in Ohio (Achieve)

This 2007 report was written for policymakers and stakeholders interested in moving Ohio’s educational system to “world-class” levels and was critical to the foundational efforts of the work in Ohio today.

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century
The report advocates that to do so, the nation should develop a comprehensive pathways network to serve youth in high school and beyond. It argues that we need to ask our nation’s employers to play a greatly expanded role in supporting the pathways system, and in providing more opportunities for young adults to participate in work-based learning and actual jobs related to their programs of study. It also urges a new social compact between society and our young people: a commitment that by the time they reach their mid-20s, young adults are equipped with the education and experience they need to lead a successful life as an adult.

Considerations for Collaborations to Support College and Career Readiness: A Facilitator’s Guide (CCRS Center)

This resource includes guiding questions and key considerations designed to help states explore the complex challenges inherent in facilitating cross-systems alignment through ongoing collaboration. Each question borrows from the systems research base derived from within and outside the field of education. The key considerations that accompany each question are designed to help users frame their own efforts within the conditions that the research base links to collaborative success. The piece also includes an appendix that provides a deeper exploration of the research base and highlights state examples of how the key considerations can lead to successful collaborative work.



The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.