Higher Education

Kent State Board of Trustees special meeting
MARK AREHART / WKSU

The Kent State University Board of Trustees came together for a special meeting Wednesday to give a progress report on the university's re-opening for the fall semester.

Professors Worried About Problems To Come When Campuses Reopen

Jul 4, 2020

Professors’ unions at Wright State and Miami University are warning of problems to come when students return to campus this fall. 

More than a dozen chapters of the American Association of University Professors have signed an open letter to college administrators, warning of a potential “superspreader event” as campuses reopen.

The University of Cincinnati is furloughing 360 employees for the summer.

Universities and community colleges in Northeast Ohio will receive millions in emergency funding under the CARES Act, the federal relief package aimed at helping the U.S. economy during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Under the CARES – or Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – at least half the amount a university or college receives from the federal government must go towards emergency financial aid grants for its students. 

Jay Gershen
JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

September 30th is Dr. Jay Gershen’s last day as president of the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

During his decade at the helm of NEOMED, Gershen has emphasized the school’s mission to produce doctors to serve Northeast Ohio’s diverse communities.

photo of Sara Abou Rashed
DAVID WILLIAMS / WKSU

Educators and Administrators from around Northeast Ohio are attending a summit at Kent State this week, intended to better prepare them to teach the next generation of students about the history and legacy of May 4.

One of the speakers they heard from is Syrian immigrant, poet and activist Sara Abou Rashed. She believes it's important to accommodate students of all backgrounds. She spoke about the hurdles she faced transitioning to a new education system in a different language. She says the words of one teacher really stuck with her.

Picture of Kent State President Beverly J. Warren.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State University president Beverly Warren’s last day on the job is this Sunday. Warren is stepping down after five years leading the university.  We sat down with her to talk about her tenure as the university’s 12th president. 

photo of Mike DeWine
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Friday was the deadline for Gov. Mike DeWine to release his two-year budget. He’d already unveiled several proposals, but now more is known about his priorities and how he says he’ll pay fof them. The details are now out in his $69 billion budget, but there are questions about how financially sound the spending plan is.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY / KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State University’s overall enrollment is down.  That’s according to a report delivered to the school’s Board of Trustees at their regular meeting Wednesday. But KSU spokesman Eric Mansfield says there’s more to the story.

"We had ten straight years of growth on the Kent campus until a year ago. And so now we’ve ticked off just slightly; a little over 3 percent year-to-year.  But our Kent Campus numbers are extremely healthy.  We’re at 27,143.  But what we’re seeing is a full-time freshman class that’s the largest we’ve ever seen.”

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KAREN KASLER / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The controversial proposal to merge K-12, higher education and workforce development into one big cabinet level state agency won’t go forward any time soon. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the plan was backed by some Republican lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich, but had lots of opposition.

The controversial proposal to merge K-12, higher education and workforce development into one big cabinet level state agency won’t go forward any time soon. The plan was backed by some Republican lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich, but had lots of opposition.

Cover of 2017 Gallup-Strada poll
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A recent Gallup poll reveals that only a third of students feel confident their college education will adequately prepare them for the job market.

Laura Carey is the director of Career Services at the University of Akron. She says while mastering the fundamentals will help college grads land jobs, it’s not the only thing employers look for. Developing “soft skills” can help students stand out.

photo of John Carey
THE STATE OF OHIO

The state says it’s facing a looming crisis, and the solution is that more Ohioans need to graduate from college.

The state estimates that at the current rate of higher education achievement, by 2025 there will be almost two million Ohioans without the education or training they would need in the workforce.  So higher education Chancellor John Carey says the state wants 1.7 million more adults, or 65 percent of Ohioans to have college degrees or certificates in the next eight years.

KSU President Beverly Warren
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Kent State University President Beverly Warren says the institution is striving to do a better job of helping students find meaning in life, not just graduating. In her second State of the University address, she talked about a push to increase retention and graduation through a more comprehensive effort to help all students succeed. She says the university must go beyond financial support, for instance, helping first year students find an appropriate major.

COMMON APPLICATION

High school seniors can start their college applications Monday.

StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports a national online application is now available.

Twenty-seven colleges and universities in Ohio use the Common Application system which allows a single application to be sent to multiple schools.

More than 600 intuitions use it nationally.

Brian Williams—Vice President of enrollment at John Carroll University—says it makes the process easier for students and colleges alike.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel with five state university officials
ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Five Ohio public universities are opening up their checkbooks for all of the state to see.

Bowling Green State, Central State, Wright State, Miami and Ohio Universities are all joining OhioCheckbook.com.