Eye on Education

Higher Education Is A “Competitive Marketplace,” University of Akron President Says


Scott Scarborough / Photo courtesy of The University of Akron

Between dealing with issues like decreasing state support, the so-called “arms race” to expand campus facilities, and growing administrative costs, being a university president in today’s higher education world may be a tough gig.

Scott Scarborough took over the helm of The University of Akron earlier this month.

In a recent interview with WCPN’s Tony Ganzer, Scarborough said the complexity of today’s higher education requires more non-faculty staff to help provide a widening array of student services and facilities.

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“The Best Colleges for Your Money” List

Another day, another list of college rankings. The list from Time’s MONEY publication was based on quality of education, affordability, and outcomes. This time, the number one spot wasn’t the typical Ivy League mainstay that frequently tops these types of rankings. Instead, Massachusetts’ Babson College ranked as MONEY’s best college in the country.

MONEY’s new and unique college rankings can help families find the right school at the right price. Is your school on the list?

Read more at: time.com

OSU’s Band Culture Surfaces

Last week, Ohio State University’s marching band director Jon Waters was fired from his job after a school investigation found “serious cultural issues” within the and. And as the Columbus Dispatch reports, several of the findings showed examples of sexually-explicit activities laced within the group’s culture.

Nicknames that make you blush. Raunchy jokes. Gay-bashing songs. Marching in underwear. Some of it is silly shenanigans, maybe. All of it was, by many accounts, the Ohio State University marching band way. Fun. But beneath the high jinks that investigators found were part-and-parcel of being a band member runs a darker undercurrent that surfaced in serious ways.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Back-to-School Shopping Costs Increase

Yep, it’s almost that time again: back-to-school shopping season. And as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, families will spend an average of nearly $669 on things like clothes and supplies, up 5 percent from last year. Shopping for a college bound student? Be prepared to spend even more: an average of $916, up from $836 in 2013, the Plain Dealer reports.

The calendar may still say mid-July, but retailers are already weeks into the lucrative back-to-school season, the industry’s second-largest after the winter holidays. From price-match guarantees to opportunities to share school supplies with needy children, stores are multiplying their promotions in hopes of scoring extra sales during the $74.9 billion shopping season.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Ohio State University Marching Band Director Fired


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In his two years as director of the OSU Marching Band, Jonathan Waters was praised for using technology to develop complex routines that went viral on the web.

Now Jon Waters is out of a job. OSU fired him after an investigation found what officials call “serious cultural issues.”

Waters’ firing comes after a two-month investigation prompted by complaints made by a parent of a band member.

The investigation uncovered sexually-explicit activities which appear to have gone for years.

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Should More School Districts Be Consolidated?

For years now – and especially since the Great Recession – the idea of consolidating local government services, and even governments themselves, has been pushed by some as a necessary step toward greater efficiency and savings. That idea can be applied to school districts too, and has been in the case of two northwest Ohio districts that will welcome back students this fall under a single banner. In its Friday editorial The Toledo Blade calls it a prudent move, and argues for more such mergers in the future.

In the past two decades, decreases in state aid, depressed property values, and anti-tax sentiments, among other things, have forced local governments and school districts to do more with less. Communities have tried to operate more efficiently by sharing administrative duties and police, fire, and other services.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

Kasich Stands By State Superintendent Ross



Gov. John Kasich is standing by his top education leader in the wake of controversy surrounding a charter school investigation.

The probe was launched after a group of teachers alleged sexual misconduct, racism and possible cheating was going on at a Dayton charter school.

But some believe more could’ve been done.

Some leaders, including Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Ed FitzGerald, have questioned the Ohio Department of Education’s response to the allegations and whether previously filed complaints may have been glossed over.

FitzGerald says Governor Kasich should demand the resignation of State Superintendent Dick Ross.

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Majority Of Top Healthcare Jobs In Cleveland Don’t Require Bachelor’s Degree


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Nationally, nearly half of the total healthcare workforce in the 100 largest American metropolitan areas are employed as nurses, support technicians, psychiatric and home health aides.

For many of those role’s a two-year associate’s degree or high school diploma will suffice.

In the Greater Cleveland area, that number’s slightly higher, ranking the city 8th among the largest U.S. metros, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.  Likewise, more than half the healthcare jobs in Akron also are open to people without a bachelor’s degree.

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The American Math Struggle

Why do Americans struggle with math? That’s the question the New York Times posed, and as it reports, U.S. residents have invented great methods to teach math, but it’s questionable if those methods are really being implemented.

When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo. He had a vague sense of wanting to accomplish something but no clue what that something should be.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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