Eye on Education

More Than 20 Tenured Faculty Members Laid Off During Ashland University’s “Restructuring”

Inside Higher Ed takes a look at the financial situation of the Central Ohio university. Despite the university saying the school’s financial future is “bright,” the administration recently laid off more than 20 tenured faculty members.

After Ashland University on Friday laid off 23 instructors — many of them tenured — and eliminated another nine teaching positions, President Carlos Campo described the future at the financially troubled university as “bright.” The move is a drastic one. Generally colleges avoid laying off tenured faculty members, and do so only if they’re struggling to pay bills.

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Higher Ed Leaders Encourage College Affordability Measures


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College affordability is having a moment. President Barack Obama recently unveiled a plan that relies on community colleges, while the two top Democratic presidential candidates are talking up different plans they’ve developed.

But leaders in Ohio are showing that they’re past the proposal phase and already putting their plans to action.

To Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, the issue of paying for college effects a wide range of people; whether you’re a current or former student, a parent, or as in Faber’s case, the husband of a doctorate student.

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University of Akron Promises to Correct A Failure to Communicate

Unopened olive jars were donated to the Akron-Canton Food Bank.


Unopened olive jars were donated to the Akron-Canton Food Bank.

The University of Akron leadership admits it made mistakes in how it handled hundreds of job cuts, the future of E.J. Thomas Hall and other controversies in recent months.

But it also insists each move is part of a process that will make the university better.

Akron will have to sell that message hardest to some of its own students, alumni and faculty.

The trustees met behind closed doors for nearly three hours while about 150 people stood outside with signs, chants, violins — and olive jars.

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OSU President Faces Deposition in Former Band Director’s Lawsuit

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State’s Dr. Michael Drake will be questioned in the upcoming federal lawsuit filed against the school by the university’s former band director, who was fired last year after OSU administrators said he allowed the band to have a “sexualized culture.”

The president of Ohio State University is scheduled to be questioned next week as part of fired OSU band director Jon Waters’ federal lawsuit. Attorney David F. Axelrod is to depose Dr. Michael V. Drake on Aug. 20, according to court records filed this week.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Public Health Groups Push for Vaccines, While Others Inform Parents of their Options



It’s a busy time for pediatricians as parents are bringing in their kids for updated vaccines before sending them back to school.

Health advocates say new laws are making kids safer, but others warn that there’s a battle looming over a parent’s right to choose whether their kids should get the shots.

To explain just how vital vaccines are, Dr. Robert Frenck, director of the infectious diseases division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, recalls a much different time.

“When I grew up people were in fear every year of—what are now—vaccine preventable diseases,” said Frenck.

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Public Universities Deal with Big Pension Costs

The Hechinger Report takes a look at how employees at state universities may be affected by a changing public pension system.

University of Illinois history professor Steve Hansen didn’t need an academic study to tell him his retirement income was at risk in a state struggling to narrow an estimated $111 billion shortfall in its public-employee pension fund. So, in 2012, at 63, Hansen quit to lock in his benefits before they could be watered down, …

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

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