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COMMENTARY

How can rural Ohio build a tech workforce?

BY: - June 8, 2022

Last month, the Center on Rural Innovation released a report on the rural tech workforce in America. The report was designed well, combining original surveys of rural adults and employers with a broad labor market dataset and an extensive interview battery to draw insights into what America’s rural tech workforce looks like. What I found […]

Shawnee State professor settles case, won’t be required to use identified pronouns

BY: - April 21, 2022

A professor who sued an Ohio university over punishment for refusing to use a student’s pronouns will receive a six-figure settlement from the school. Shawnee State University said four years of litigation resulted in an “economic decision” to settle with philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether. “Over the course of this lawsuit, it became clear that the […]

Students, educators fight against bill that would prohibit teaching ‘controversial’ topics

BY: - March 11, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Students and educators across Ohio rallied Wednesday against the controversial house […]

Chasing the promise of equitable education: A Columbus Metropolitan Club forum

BY: - February 10, 2022

What does equitable education mean in America, today and tomorrow? The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum Wednesday afternoon exploring this topic, moderated by Ohio Capital Journal Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt. In a few generations, American students have gone from one-room schoolhouses to attempting to keep up with a global economy moving at the speed of […]

Lawmaker pitches tax breaks and financial aid to “GROW” Ohio

BY: - December 7, 2021

Ohio has ceded one of its congressional seats in the coming decade thanks to growth rates that haven’t kept pace with other states around the country. Rep. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, is making a stab at reversing that trend with legislation he’s calling the GROW Ohio Act which aims to attract and then retain college students. […]

University officials reportedly fear political retribution if they require COVID-19 vaccination

BY: - August 11, 2021

Earlier this month, when a federal judge upheld Indiana University’s requirement that students and staff members can be required by the school to be vaccinated for coronavirus this fall, there was an odd Ohio college link. It had to do with how this student vaccination issue had become more politically divisive than most have ever […]

Anti-hazing ‘Collin’s Law’ passes Ohio House

BY: - June 28, 2021

As Collin Wiant’s family looked on and applause rang out, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a billed Friday that would further criminalize the actions that led to his death. Senate Bill 126 received unanimous approval from the Ohio House, which sends it one step closer to the governor’s desk, and enactment into law. The […]

Higher ed access, speech on campus bill moves on for House review

BY: - June 18, 2021

A bill seeking to address financial barriers and access to higher education, along with speech on campuses, is now headed for House review after the Ohio Senate passed it nearly unanimously. In a 31-2 vote, Senate Bill 135 cleared one chamber of the Ohio legislature, pressing forward new rules for student debt transparency and a […]

College hazing legislation passes Senate

BY: - June 17, 2021

A bill to expand criminal penalties for hazing and create prevention methods for colleges and universities has passed the Ohio Senate. The bill was a reintroduction of Collin’s Law, named after Ohio University student Collin Wiant, who died of asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion after attending a fraternity related party in 2018. Members of […]

Community colleges praise ‘second chance’ program in Senate Bill, decry ‘free speech’ provisions

BY: - April 29, 2021

Supporters of a bill with free speech issues in its title focused more on the financial provisions the bill makes toward Ohio’s community colleges and career technical institutions. The bill’s Second Chance Voucher Program was talked about most during a Tuesday hearing on the bill, which members of the Ohio Association for Career Technical Education […]

Ohio’s penalizing student debt collection a ‘barrier to students,’ advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

The debt owed to the state of Ohio through defaulted payments like student loans is nearly 12 times the amount the state invests in higher education over a two-year budget cycle. That $63 billion, confirmed by the collection agency for the state — the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, includes things other than student loan debt, […]

Higher ed officials see affordability, community colleges as bridge to student recovery

BY: - February 24, 2021

Affordability and equity are at the top of the list as higher education officials look at their operating budget for the next two years, and it’s up to the state to help. State leaders speaking for community colleges and state higher education in general at Tuesday’s House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education pushed on the […]