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Gee Tapped to Lead Statewide Review of Higher Education

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Gordon Gee is staying busy after stepping down as president of the Ohio State University. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Governor John Kasich has asked Gee to take a closer look at how to improve the state’s higher education institutions.

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

E. Gordon Gee, former president of the Ohio State University has been tapped to lead a statewide effort to review higher education quality and value. Governor John Kasich asked Gee to serve this function as an arm of the Ohio Board of Regents.

Gee says he hopes his group can find ways of improving higher education while making it more affordable but he didn’t provide any specifics of what this review would accomplish and what standards it may recommend.

Gee: “Because I want to take a look at all the good ideas out there and one of the things I know—having been president at past universities—is that each institution is different and so the mistake that we would make in any kind of recommendation that we provide for the governor or for the Legislature is for us to say that there is one size that fits all so we have to be very, very careful about that.”

Gee has a lot on his plate after stepping down as president. He’s already serving OSU as president emeritus and he also plans to teach at Harvard. Gee says he will not be paid to lead the governor’s new effort.

Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.

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