Our state colleges and universities must adapt and act to adopt policies that protect Ohio students to ensure the most economic and beneficial college experience. One major policy issue that must be improved upon at our public higher education institutions is affordability. The high rate of student debt is a predominant issue faced by our universities, which is why we must ensure that we pass legislation to help these institutions address this and other problems.

One bill addressing institutions of higher education is House Bill 384, legislation authorizing the Auditor of State to conduct performance audits on state institutions of higher education. These institutions would then have to accept comments regarding the audit from interested parties and make all comments available to the public.

They would also have to implement the audit recommendations within three months after the end of the comment period for the audit or file a report or provide testimony explaining why they haven’t. The Auditor of State's annual report on performance audits will describe whether the implementations and audit recommendations have been made and the amount of money saved due to the audit implementation.

Furthermore, I believe this legislation will make higher education more efficient. By performing these audits we can break down barriers and make college more affordable and save our students and state colleges and universities money. This bill is essential to tackle the problems our students face at our state colleges and universities. I am happy to see my colleagues standing up for our college students by passing this legislation. Awareness of this issue is essential for change and I know it will have a positive effect on my community and Ohioans a whole.

Protecting our state institutions of higher education and ensuring they run properly is essential to the safety and future of our Ohio students. No student should ever have to worry about whether their University has their best interests in mind. It is my job as a legislator to ensure I am helping all Ohioans, including our students. If you have any comments on HB 284 feel free to contact my office anytime.

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