The panel that oversees Ohio's 14 public universities has issued a report on the condition of the facilities at those institutions. Chancellor Eric Fingerhut says he's seen the report from the Board of Regents but can't comment on it because it's just a draft. But he says there is work to do on improving facilities for higher learning. And Fingerhut says the state's higher education facilities include not just on campuses and branches, but also adult workforce centers and buildings that are used by public school districts.
And Fingerhut notes there is money earmarked for higher education infrastructure in the federal stimulus package that may be voted on soon.
The governor is expected to release details of his education reform package in next week's State of the State speech. And some lawmakers have said they can't see a continued monetary focus on higher education at this tough economic time. When asked if Fingerhut could offer any hints about what the governor has planned, he answered simply, "No."