higher education

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 […]

Education budget debate begins as Jan. budget shows declines in higher ed, K-12

BY: - February 17, 2021

Subcommittees on K-12 and higher education are beginning their discussions on the new operating budget this week, and they have plenty of budgetary information to look at, including declines shown in the January budget report. The Ohio House Finance subcommittee on higher education will take their first look at the pieces of the state operating […]

COMMENTARY

How public schools fail to recognize Black prodigies

BY: - February 17, 2021

Editor’s note: Amid numerous articles about how Black students lag behind others in educational achievement, occasionally you may hear about a young Black “prodigy” who got accepted into college at an early age. According to Donna Y. Ford, an education professor at The Ohio State University, there could be far more Black prodigies. But it […]

COMMENTARY

Fix Ohio’s punitive approach to student debt to help more Ohioans graduate

BY: and - February 11, 2021

Every Ohioan deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams. For some that may mean a two- or four-year degree once they’re done with high school. For others, it could be a credential that opens the door to a better paying job. Higher education doesn’t only benefit those who graduate; better educated residents get better […]

Mailbag: How Ohio gov’t x-ray funding involved an anime controversy

BY: - December 24, 2020

We’ve reached the end of the 133rd General Assembly, which means farewell speeches at 1 a.m. and late-night trombone solos. Like Sen. John Eklund, The Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag is always in tune. Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. This […]

Universities continue quarantine, testing protocols, as semester continues

BY: - October 21, 2020

Some public colleges throughout the state are balancing staying open with being part of high-incidence counties in the state. Random sampling and other testing methods continue as higher education edges closer to the end of the semester. At Ohio University, three residence halls have dealt with increased cases, causing the relocation of students. “The increasing […]