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Two Ohio Universities Receive Grants to Promote Diversity in STEM Fields

Wright State University and the University of Dayton are among 20 U.S. colleges and universities singled out for their commitment to diversity in STEM education by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Each will receive a $300,000 grant for curriculum and faculty development, with a goal of developing “models for broader institutional change for [...]

New Bill Proposes Tax Credits for STEM Majors

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR Talk to hiring managers at manufacturing companies around Ohio and you’ll frequently hear one complaint: they have jobs open, but can’ t find enough local people with a science, technology, engineering or math background. “It’s frustrating when you have a state unemployment rate of seven percent,” says Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark). [...]

Is There a Future for Liberal Arts?

With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, a student debt crisis, and American families unable to keep up, is there a place for small, private, highly-priced liberal arts schools such as Kenyon College in the future? Kenyon College President Sean Decatur spoke to the City Club Forum about the issue and the direction his institution [...]

The Sound of Ideas Discusses College Costs

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cogdogblog / Flickr WCPN’s daily talk show The Sound of Ideas yesterday focused on the rising cost of college. Guests included: Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents John Carey; Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council, which advocates for the state’s public universities;

Fewer Men Graduate from College Because Boys Don’t Try as Hard as Girls

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Jason Pratt / Flickr The reasons why women have outpaced men in earning college degrees has less to do with how schools are run and more to do with the fact that boys are less likely to put as much time and effort into their studies, Ohio State University professor Claudia Buchmann and her co-author write [...]

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro to Retire

Chancellor Jim Petro leads Ohio's state university system.

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro will retire from public service next year. In an announcement today, Petro set a “tentative” retirement date of Feb. 1. Petro was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in March 2011 to oversee Ohio’s state university system. Petro previously served as state attorney general and state auditor, among other [...]

How Many Online High School Graduates Really Go On to College?

When we teamed up with the Cleveland Plain Dealer to take a look at how Ohio’s statewide online schools perform, we found something that surprised us: A relatively small percentage of all online school graduates go on to any kind of postsecondary education. By postsecondary education, we mean two-year and four-year programs, as well as vocational programs. [...]

Two Stories on the Profits of Online Education

As we wrote earlier this week, there’s money to be made — and saved – in online education. That dynamic is playing out in some interesting ways. At Ohio University, one student says the pricing for digital access to learning materials is outrageous: We are expected to pay for digital access to something that fails to [...]

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