Higher Education

State Task Force Meets To Discuss College Affordability

Jul 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable. The group met at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday.

In the scheme of the state’s more than $1 billion higher education budget, a $40 FedEx shipping fee may not seem like much.

But over time, those fees can add up. In fact, the task force found that 18 of the state’s campuses collectively spend $1.7 million in overnight shipping costs every year.

Student Retention Rates Challenging Ohio's HBCUs

Jun 3, 2015

For the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide, boosting graduation rates can be an uphill climb. The schools commonly referred to as "HBCUs" enroll many low-income, minority students who may not be academically prepared for college.

At a discussion at The City Club of Cleveland Tuesday, a handful of HBCU leaders talked about both challenges and opportunities facing HBCUs, including the link between graduation rates and the schools’ bottom line.

College students from around the state are telling Senators at the Statehouse to put more need based funding for students in their upcoming budget proposal.

Just a few days ago, Rachael Collyer graduated from Ohio State University.  And now, when many students are thinking about their future, she’s worried about paying off about $27,000 in student loans. She wants state lawmakers to provide some debt relief for students like her in the upcoming state budget.

Lambs grazing at the Antioch College campus farm
courtesy of Antioch College

Reading, writing and root vegetables – that might be the new future for education. Commentator Bob Brecha from the University of Dayton has been noticing a trend among college students when it comes to food security and sustainability.

Group Asking Kasich To Focus On College Student Debt

Feb 26, 2015

In his State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich made another big push for his budget plan, which includes policies directed at higher education. But at least one group says the plan doesn’t do enough for college students.

Kasich’s budget plan includes a cap and freeze on tuition increases. But the group “Young Invincibles” believes that will only shift more of the burden onto the students in the long run.

Weather conditions have caused the agency that will decide Wilberforce University's fate to postpone a planned visit to the campus.

The Higher Learning Commission issued a show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

In December, Wilberforce delivered a 3,000 page document to the commission explaining that it has improved the conditions on campus and should keep its accreditation.

Task Force Investigates Higher Education Costs in State

Feb 11, 2015
Governor John Kasich speaking at Sinclair Community College Thursday.
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Republican Gov. John Kasich is challenging Ohio’s college and university leaders to lower costs to students by creating a new affordability and efficiency task force. 

Governor Kasich says the creation of this task force is the next step in the journey to bringing down the cost of higher education. He noted shared services, space utilization and commercialization as some ideas that could be considered. 

“Anybody who is not living on the moon understands the fact that everybody feels the pressure of rising college and university costs,” Kasich said. 

Ohio State University is joining with ten other public research universities across the country to find way to boost their graduation rates in an effort aimed especially at lower income students.

Wilberforce University was set to name a new president this week, but the selected candidate turned down the offer, and now a new search is underway.

Dwayne Smith, vice-president of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo, was offered the job to become the school's 20th president at an alumni conference in Memphis. But the head of the Wilberforce Faculty Association, Richard Deering, indicated that Smith balked at the offer after learning he was not the university's first choice.

Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Sharen Neuhardt is speaking at Sinclair Community College Thursday afternoon about Ed Fitzgerald’s platform on higher education. Neuhardt says if Fitzgerald is elected governor, he will establish a fund that helps Ohio students begin saving for college in kindergarten. Fitzgerald, currently the Cuyahoga County Executive, launched a program last month that starts a college savings account for every Cuyahoga County kindergartner.

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