President McDavis, Governor Kasich and Chancellor Carey

Roderick J. McDavis (right) talks with Gov. John R. Kasich (center) and Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey (left) during the announcement of his appointment to the commission in September of 2013.

Photo courtesy of: State of Ohio/ Mike Elicson

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Ohio Higher Ed Funding Commission finalizes recommendations

The Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission, led by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, announced today during a conference call they have provided a final report of recommendations to Governor John Kasich. The commission, which is the second of its kind since the governor called on public college and university presidents to collaborate on funding needs, was convened in September of 2013.

The commission, called Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission 2.0, was charged with recommending a list of priority projects for consideration in the new capital budget. The first Higher Education Funding Commission, led by former Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, compiled a list of recommendations for the use of capital funds. The call in 2011 for Ohio higher education presidents to put aside their traditional process for dividing the state’s capital construction budget was considered a bold move in advancing the culture of higher education.

“Governor Kasich, thanks to your faith in the higher education community, and the collaboration of my counterparts, we are able to make recommendations that are critical to the higher education community, and its continuing ability to fulfill its mission to provide a world-class learning opportunity,” McDavis said during the conference call. “The recommendations we present to you today have the support of the 37 presidents that constitute the University System of Ohio.”

The commission’s report, which is available on the Office of the President’s website, contains recommendations for funding that target renovating and maintaining existing state facilities in an effort to modernize academic lab space, embrace the flipped classroom model of teaching and reduce ongoing operating costs for campuses.

“The capital projects we recommend in our report will help us stay competitive and best serve the needs of the entire university system and our great state,” McDavis said. “In addition, we are recommending projects that will allow higher education institutions continue to be a key driver to the state’s economy."

View a PDF of the full report at