November 23, 2010 | | Leave a comment The Ohio Board of Regents reports that public colleges and universities added nearly 20,500 students in the fall, representing a 3 percent increase over last year’s numbers. “Ohio needs more workers with certificates and degrees to compete for jobs and investment. Today’s figures show we continue to enroll more Ohioans in the state’s public system of higher education,” said Eric D. Fingerhut, Ohio board of regents chancellor. Furthermore, many experts attribute the growth of enrollment to strong increases in online learning and students transferring throughout Ohio schools. The turbulent economy was also cited as a possible explanation because more adults are making efforts to upgrade their skills and finish their degrees. According to a recent Babson-Sloan report, more than one in four students are enrolled in at least one course online. Furthermore, most colleges believe that increasing web-based classes and degrees is critical for their success.