higher education


How do we teach history at Ohio State? A distinguished professor explains.

BY: - September 6, 2023

I had hoped, as someone who has taught at Ohio State for nearly forty years and bleeds Scarlet and Gray, that we would be spared the attacks on higher education that have broken out across the nation. I had hoped that the accomplishments of our students and alumni, their ability to think critically, independently, and […]

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Ohio higher education overhaul would chill speech and academic freedom with threats of discipline

BY: - August 30, 2023

Using remarkably clueless wording as our nation reels from rampant wildfires, including the deadliest one in over a century, state Sen. Jerry Cirino, R-Kirtland, recently crowed about how he started a “firestorm” with his proposed SB 83, the Ohio Higher Education Enhancement Act. As NOAA elevates its prediction for the number and strength of Atlantic […]

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New Ohio Black Student Equity report campus sheds lights on discrimination, campus policing

BY: - August 28, 2023

A little more than half of Black students, 54%, surveyed at Ohio universities, reported feeling discriminated against because of their race.  This is according to the new Ohio Black Student Equity Report from the Ohio Student Association, a statewide grassroots organization.  “Some had very negative experiences, or uncomfortable experiences or didn’t feel comfortable going to […]

Ohio universities issue new report of hazing incidents under Collin’s Law

BY: - August 16, 2023

Ohio State University resolved eight hazing incidents so far this year, according to the university’s latest Collin’s Law report.  Hazing became a felony in Ohio in 2021 when Gov. Mike DeWine signed Collin’s Law: Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Act into law. Previously, hazing was a fourth-degree misdemeanor.  The law is named after Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old Ohio […]

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Biden administration provides guidance on diversity in college admissions

BY: - August 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and Department of Education jointly released guidance on Monday to colleges and universities about how to consider race in admissions decisions, following the Supreme Court’s summer decision that struck down affirmative action in higher education. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, on a call with reporters, said higher education institutions can continue to participate in […]

“$20,000 is a lot of money.” Ohioans financially plan on student loan debt after SCOTUS ruling

BY: - July 21, 2023

Josh Dodge expects it will take him the rest of his life to pay off his student loans.  The 45-year-old graduated with more than $80,000 of student loans after earning his bachelor’s and master’s in middle childhood education from Wright State University nearly a decade ago.  “It’s a number that I always compare to ginormous […]

State budget creates $24 million ‘intellectual diversity’ centers at five Ohio universities

BY: - July 18, 2023

New “intellectual diversity” centers will be created at Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, Miami University, Cleveland State University and the University of Cincinnati.  These five centers were included in the state’s two-year, $191 billion budget that Gov. Mike DeWine signed earlier this month. But some faculty at those universities don’t like the looks […]

Campus diversity will be a struggle without race-based admissions, history shows

BY: - July 6, 2023

States that have tried to enroll more Black and Hispanic students in state universities without using race-based admissions policies have seen the numbers of those students slip — especially at elite institutions. Nine states had affirmative action bans before last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking it down nationwide. Those states and others have tried […]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs budget, issues dozens of vetoes

BY: - July 5, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed the state’s nearly $200 billion budget, but he issued more than 40 vetoes ranging from higher education policy to health care management. The main focus of both the House’s and the Senate’s budgets was education. The Senate plan was much more conservative, while the House plan was bipartisan. After […]

More Ohio universities added to Senate bill that would create ‘intellectual diversity’ centers

BY: - June 29, 2023

The Ohio Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would create “intellectual diversity” centers at Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, Miami University, Cleveland State University, and the University of Cincinnati.  The party line vote came after an amendment was added during the Senate session that tacks on Miami, Cleveland State, and Cincinnati to Senate […]

Higher education bills added to Ohio Senate’s version of the state’s operating budget

BY: - June 16, 2023

A massive higher education overhaul is one step closer to happening as the Ohio Senate voted to pass their budget Thursday.  Numerous bills, including Senate Bill 83, were added to the Senate’s version of the budget during Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee meeting and the budget passed during Thursday’s Senate Session by a 24-7 party line […]

Ohio college students stage ‘funeral’ in protest against higher education overhaul bill

BY: - June 15, 2023

Dozens of Ohio college students held a mock funeral Wednesday to protest against a bill they say destroys higher education. Students, dressed in their high school graduation robes, chanted and held candles as they rallied against Senate Bill 83 at the Statehouse. The bill focuses on what GOP calls “free speech,” banning public universities in […]