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Some city health depts. in Ohio may be forced to merge with counties

BY: - April 29, 2021

Municipal health districts in some Ohio cities may be forced to merge with their county’s health departments within the next few years to save money and consolidate resources. Officials in several of the small- and medium-sized cities that may be affected are critical of the state meddling with their local affairs. All 88 counties in […]

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 stay the course, stay nimble as they ready for spring semester

BY: - November 3, 2020

As spring semester planning approaches, Ohio’s universities largely seem to be staying with their phased pandemic plans or previous plans, but testing in some areas is changing with COVID-19 numbers still a concern. Despite Portage County’s designation as a “red” county on the state’s Public Health Advisory System and categorization as a high case incidence […]

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 […]

Reopening begins for Ohio’s colleges: Here’s how it looks

BY: - August 21, 2020

Some of Ohio’s colleges and universities have begun moving students in, but the navigation of a school year amid a pandemic is still a balancing act. For Miami University, classes began this week, with all undergraduate courses online or remote. The plan is to keep it that way until at least Sept. 21, according to […]

Ohio’s universities require pledges of personal responsibility to slow virus spread

BY: - August 3, 2020

As the school year swiftly approaches, Ohio’s universities are making a last-ditch effort to curb the spread of coronavirus by requiring students, and in some cases faculty, to sign personal pledges. The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University, the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University are requiring students sign “pledges” — as dubbed by […]

Higher ed. problems preceded pandemic, more systemic, employees say

BY: - May 11, 2020

Budget cuts are touching every aspect of education, but those who work in higher education say while the pandemic did have a major impact, systemic changes made to colleges and universities were already causing struggles. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced 3.8% across the board cuts to the state share of instruction for higher education, amounting […]