Miami University is seeking to be considered among the nation's elite schools wants to keep upgrading its recruiting classes.
But Miami University's quest to lure more top students to Oxford will need more funding. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Miami's latest freshman class came with an average ACT score of 27.5, a full point higher than last year. The goal is for a student average of 30 within six years.
School officials are looking for more private donations for scholarships and to attract more out-of-state students who pay higher tuition.
Miami University is working to preserve 19th century land grant documents recently recovered by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma from a key moment in its history.
Tribe members say the grants marked the tribe's transition from collectively held land to individual ownership as it tried and mostly failed to avoid government relocation.
Miami University is preserving eight land grants found in storage at a Catholic diocese in Indiana. They include one signed in 1823 by President James Monroe and seven signed in 1843 by President John Tyler.
A Dayton education initiative called Learn to Earn has been selected for a national partnership. The Lumina Foundation is giving 20 cities up to $200,000 for the project. It's part of an effort to prepare the region for the high paying jobs of the future.
College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are facing the daunting question of how to fund their education. Financial aid is down in the state, and student debt is up.
The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change, and while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.