Eye on Education

Concussion Fears Push Some Collegiate Athletes into Early Retirement

While the exact number of college students choosing to leave athletics behind is hard to accurately calculate, Inside Higher Ed reports medical officials say more athletes are deciding to leave their sports in fear of the possible long-term effects of concussions.

During Anna Cassell’s career playing women’s soccer at Northwestern University, she suffered three concussions in 15 months. At first, her third concussion didn’t seem as severe as the earlier injuries, she said. But the symptoms lasted much longer. She spent eight months redshirting, trying to recover.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

The Decline of The In-State Tuition Break

Many states offer a lower price tag for college students enrolling at a public university in their home state–but as the New York Times reports, that break could be slowly fading away.

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. “1 Adult: $11.00″ and “1 Child: $10.00.”

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Chardon High School Asks State for More Funding to Support Mental Health Services

After the deadly 2012 shooting at Chardon High School, the state legislature provided $750,000 over the past two years to the district for mental health services. Pointing to evidence including declining graduation rates and increased cases of students harming themselves, district superintendent Michael Hanlon is asking the state to continue that funding to sustain those services, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Chardon community has not recovered from the 2012 school shootings that killed three students and injured others, says Superintendent Michael Hanlon. Teachers at Chardon High School still have trouble when something triggers a memory of that day, he said.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

University of Akron Repositions Itself as Ohio’s Polytechnic University

University of Akron President Scott Scarborough at the Cleveland City Club


University of Akron President Scott Scarborough at the Cleveland City Club

The University of Akron is not changing its name BUT it is adding a brand tag-line.

From now on the school will position itself as “Ohio’s Polytechnic University.”

Akron President Scott Scarborough believes mid-level state universities in Ohio are in trouble as state funding per pupil dwindles away.

He told the Cleveland City Club that his school needs to distinguish itself by focusing on what it does well.

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The Hunt for Miami University’s Next President Will Begin This Summer

After spending the past decade leading Miami, David Hodge plans to leave the school’s top spot next summer. The Dayton Daily News reports the university will begin a nationwide search in June, and the process could take up to a year.

By Amanda Seitz Staff Writer OXFORD – Leaders at Miami University expect a nationwide search to find the college’s new president to take up to a year and require an outside consulting firm. Miami President David Hodge this month announced he will step down in June of next year, leaving university officials more than a year to find a replacement.

Read more at: www.daytondailynews.com

Campus Groups Work to Make Students’ Lives A Little Less Stressful

Over the past 14 months, six Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have committed suicide, prompting some campus groups to launch efforts to make students less stressed, WBUR reports.

On a sunny spring day at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., students line up at a table grabbing ice cream sundaes, milk and cookies, and, if they’re interested, a hug from MIT parents including Sonal Patel. “Yes!” Patel says, “giving away ice cream and now hugs.”

Read more at: www.npr.org

National Center for Choreography Launches at The University of Akron

University of Akron

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University of Akron

A five-year quest to bring the world’s dancers to Northeast Ohio culminated today with the announcement of the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron.

The University and DANCECleveland are launching the choreography center thanks to a $5 million grant from the Knight Foundation. It’s only the second facility of its kind in the country; the other is in Florida.

DANCECleveland’s executive director, Pamela Young, said there is often so much demand for rehearsal space in big cities, dancers might only get a couple of hours to work at a time.

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Confusing Formula for Ohio Charter School Funding


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Governor Kasich proposed this year to spend almost one billion dollars a year on charter schools in Ohio.

In his budget, if the student population remains the same, every charter school would get an increase while about half of the traditional public schools would see a loss in funding.

The state legislature has since been working on a budget that would provide raises for most traditional schools.

How Ohio funds charter schools has caused some dispute.

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Study Shows State’s Students Aren’t As Prepared for College or College

It’s an oft-repeated term in education: college and career readiness. But the Columbus Dispatch reports a new study finds the state’s students aren’t as prepared for life after high school as their parents may think.

A day after the House voted to abolish new and more rigorous student assessments and place limits on state testing, a new report shows Ohio students are far less prepared for college and career than their parents have been led to believe.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Two Northwest Community Colleges Combine Administrative Duties

The Toledo Blade reports two of the state’s community colleges–Northwest State and Terra State–will combine a handful of administrative duties to curb costs. The schools say the move will bring along a savings of more than $1 million for each campus after a few years.

Northwest State and Terra State community colleges will combine several administrative departments. The pair’s board of trustees voted over the weekend to create the Northern Ohio Community College District, which will be based at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

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