Ohio University, the first university in the Northwest Territory, was also the first public institution in Ohio. Substantially, the system in Ohio is similar to that in other
states. At the state level, the Ohio Department of Education, overseen by the Ohio State Board of Education, is responsible for the administration of primary and secondary
schools. At the municipal level, there are around 700 school districts nationwide. The Ohio Board of Regents coordinates and assists with Ohio's higher education institutions,
which were recently reorganized into the University System of Ohio under Governor Strickland. The system has an average annual enrollment of over 400,000 students, making it
one of the top five state university systems in the United States.