UF NAMED ONE OF “BEST FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES IN OHIO” – The University of Findlay has been named one of the best four-year colleges in Ohio by BestColleges.com, an online resource that provides rankings and other information for students and their families about higher learning institutions.

The University ranked twelfth out of a list of 25 public and private schools that BestColleges.com created using a custom algorithm which relies on federal education databases, particularly the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, with key performance markers such as acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates. The site explained it also takes into account student loan default rates. More than 130 Ohio schools were examined.

The list is intended a tool for those considering attending an Ohio college or university. BestColleges.com, citing a Higher Ed Info report, noted that, “while students enrolled in a four-year degree program at a public institution may be required to invest more than the national average to attend school in Ohio, bachelor’s degree holders earn roughly twice as much as residents with only a high school diploma.”

GIVE BACK. GO FORWARD INITIATIVE LETS ELDER VOLUNTEERS EARN FREE COLLEGE TUITION – A new joint initiative between the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Aging launched in Youngstown and allows area residents age 60 and older to earn free college tuition by volunteering in their community.

Through the GIVE back. GO forward. program, elders in the Youngstown region can “give back” to their community by volunteering at least 100 hours per year at any of three local organizations. In exchange, they will earn a three-credit-hour tuition waiver at either Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College that they can use themselves or gift to a student to help him or her “go forward.”

“Our elders are valued and respected resources that are in a position to contribute to their communities in ways that will impact the state for years to come,” said Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman. “GIVE back. GO forward. will allow Ohio’s elder population to feel valued in their community while they experience the health benefits that come with volunteering and helping others. And by working with youth-centered programs, they will be able to pass their wisdom and experience on to a younger generation.”

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