Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has a plan for fixing higher education.
Each Ohio public university will identify its Centers of Excellence. The Ohio Board of Regents will decide if additional funding to invest in these centers is merited.
The University of Toledo is ahead of the curve on this initiative. The Technology Corridor is just the kind of thing the Governor is focusing on.
The point of the plan is to fund and develop these special regions of knowledge that enable the schools to compete in our global economy. Businesses will then be motivated to locate close to the school for research and development.
The businesses create economic growth for the surrounding area. Ultimately, the schools will attract superior professors with specialized knowledge. Better students will apply. Each school will graduate more students, help create jobs that keep more of our graduates in Ohio and attract more degree holders from out of state.