Eye on Education

U.S. Graduate School Applications See Big Uptick from Indian Students

The number of international students applying to U.S. graduate schools increased by two percent, Inside Higher Ed reports, with the biggest uptick coming from students in India.

Foreign students’ applications to American graduate schools climbed by 2 percent this year, driven in part by continued growth in applications from India, according to survey results released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. Applications from India increased by 12 percent over the previous year, the third straight year of such double-digit increases.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Charter School Bill Escapes Full House Vote

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a bill tightening charter school regulations won’t get a full vote before the House begins its summer recess this week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House will head off on summer break without voting on the new accountability and financial reporting rules for Ohio’s $1 billion charter school industry that have been in the works for months.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Cleveland State Provost Steps Aside

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Deirdre Mageean, provost of Cleveland State, will be leaving one of the university’s top spots at the end of the month.

“Less satisfying have been some of the tasks and demands of running the operation such as financial and human resources issues,” she wrote in a letter to CSU faculty, NEOMG reports.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University Provost Deirdre Mageean is stepping down to teach and lead special projects. Mageean, who was also senior vice president for academic affairs, told colleagues in a letter Monday that after two years as provost she determined the senior administrative role was not for her.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Food Advocates Worry About Kids

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Over 780,000 Ohio children rely on free or reduced priced meals at schools throughout the state during the academic year.

But advocates for low income Ohioans worry many of those children are going hungry this summer.

There are food service programs throughout the state that provide lunches and activities to children who come from low income families.

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Want A Cheaper College Degree? Consider Heading to Germany

As the cost of college climbs here in the U.S., NPR’s education team takes a look at the growing number of American students choosing to instead earn a less expensive degree in Germany.

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Partnership for Urban Health Aims to Serve Medical Needs of Poor

(L-R) Former Congressman Louis Stokes, CSU Pres. Ronald Berkman, NEOMED Pres. Jay Gershen, Cleve Foundation CEO Ronn Richard

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(L-R) Former Congressman Louis Stokes, CSU Pres. Ronald Berkman, NEOMED Pres. Jay Gershen, Cleve Foundation CEO Ronn Richard

The Cleveland Foundation today (Thurs) announced its donation of five and a half million dollars to a collaborative effort between Cleveland State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Officials called the Partnership for Urban Health a model for the nation.

Patients from around the globe have been known to journey to Northeast Ohio for its top notch medical care.

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Federal Goverment Fine Tunes Plans for College Rating System

Since announcing plans for a federal college ratings system last year, the potential tool has taken several forms. Inside Higher Ed reports the latest evolution includes moving away from the idea of a traditional rankings system and instead focusing on strictly giving parents and students more information.

The federal government will not compare colleges or pass judgment on their relative merits as part of the ratings system the U.S. Department of Education plans to release before the end of the summer, department officials said Wednesday. But the department isn’t bailing on the idea entirely, as some would have liked.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Youngstown City School Leaders Fear Loss of Local Control

Youngstown's enrollment has been on a steady decline.

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Youngstown's enrollment has been on a steady decline.

New legislation passed in both the House and the Senate yesterday calls for transforming the way Ohio handles continually underperforming schools.

The reform is directly aimed at turning around failing schools in Youngstown.

But some school leaders fear a state takeover will wipe away local control.

Under the new plan, once a district receives three failing grades in a row on state-issued report cards, the state will step in and create a five-member commission to oversee the schools.

The group would then appoint over a Chief Executive Officer who would have the power to control class sizes, decide curriculum, and hire or fire staff, as well as other administrative responsibilities.
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More than Half of Colleges Offer Presidential Severance Packages

According to a new report published in Inside Higher Ed, roughly 60 percent of universities have some type of severance package in place for school presidents who involuntary step away from their positions.

The College of DuPage sparked outrage earlier this year when it offered its controversial president a generous $763,000 severance package — well over a year’s salary. Heads turned when fired Penn State University leader Graham Spanier was offered $1.2 million in severance, despite his handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

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