18:00 PM

Statement from President E. Gordon Gee on the Ohio Senate's passage of the state budget bill

"In the context of shrinking state revenues and budget cuts, the Ohio Senate is to be applauded for its steadfast support of public higher education.

The Ohio Senate, House and the Governor are speaking with their actions. The best investment that Ohio can make to create jobs and improve the quality of life in the state is in its public colleges and universities. This investment demonstrates national leadership.

The ball is now squarely in our court. Ohio's public colleges and universities must carry through on the state's strategic investment by re-doubling efforts to stimulate long-term economic growth and educate the next generation of leaders."