Friday, January 28, 2011

Ohio House and Senate Committees Announced, US Senate too...

Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) on Wednesday announced the chamber's committee assignments and chairs. Of note is that Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) has been selected to replace Sen. Gary Cates as Education Committee chair, although Cates will remain on the committee. Also notable is the number of AICUO members represented by members of the Finance Committee, 24. The list of committees and assignments is attached.

Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) named his committees a few weeks ago, but meetings have just started within the last week. Most notable for our members is that Rep. Gerry Stebelton (R-Lancaster) was named chairman of the House Education Committee and Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) was named as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

Lists of all committee assignments can be found here.


At the Federal level, the U.S. Senate named committee assignments on Thursday afternoon. Sen. Sherrod Brown will remain on the committees he sat on during the last Congress, the Agriculture, Appropriations, Banking, Ethics, and Veterans Committees. Sen. Rob Portman was named to the Budget, Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees.

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

For more than three years, AICUO’s Graph of the Week has been offering a fresh look at statistics on higher education and public policy to an e-mail list now numbering more than 1,000.

It’s proved so popular that some of our sister state associations have picked up the idea. This map showing the distribution of undergraduates by county is a recent effort by the Tennessee independent-college association.

Other states that regularly transmit data in this manner include Indiana and Kentucky.

If you’d like to get the Graph of the Week from us, please drop us an e-mail and we’ll put you right on the list.

-- Bob Burke

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

AICUO President Appointed to State Board of Education

Today the new governor, John Kasich, announced his appointment of AICUO President C. Todd Jones as a member of the State Board of Education.

The board has 19 members, 11 who are elected by districts and eight who are appointed at large by the governor. Established in 1956, the board sets education policy and directed the planning and evaluative functions of Ohio’s public schools, and appoints the superintendent of public instruction. It oversees elementary and secondary education in the state, and has no control over public or private colleges (including teacher education programs) nor over the various joint vocational education programs across the state — those fall under the purview of the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

Todd was appointed to fill one of five vacancies among the at-large members of the board. His term will expire in December 2012, although he will be subject to reappointment for additional four-year terms thereafter.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Notre Dame College Successfully Defends NAIA National Wrestling Championship

Senior Derek Foore pinned his opponent in 57 seconds to clinch Notre Dame’s second consecutive NAIA wrestling championship, 31-16 against Lindenwood (Mo.), January 9 at Cedar Falls, Iowa.

At the two-day meet, the Falcons defeated Waldorf (Iowa), Cumberland (Tenn.), and Missouri Valley before facing Lindenwood, outscoring its opponents by 141-31.

— Bob Burke

Monday, January 10, 2011

AICUO and OFIC Host Communicators' Summit

AICUO and OFIC hosted the annual Communicators' Summit on January 6, 2011, on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. Nearly 50 representatives from member campuses attended this year's summit to hear presentations from national and regional media representatives. Kathryn Masterson from The Chronicle of Higher Education provided the keynote address in the morning and joined a media panel later that day with JD DiAngelis from Next Media's News-Talk 1480 WHBC Canton, Ohio, Tom Brockman from WCMH NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and Carrie Ghose from Columbus Business First. In the afternoon, attendees were treated to an overview and tips from the 2010 College Media Conference.

For a brief video overview of the 2011 Communicators' Summit, click here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tiffin Partnership Featured in Inside Higher Ed Article

Tiffin University, an independent nonprofit college in Tiffin, Ohio was featured in the lead-article of Inside Higher Ed for their innovative partnership with Altius, a for-profit company based in San Francisco.

The partnership created Ivy Bridge College, an online community college that offers a general studies associate degree program targeted at traditional-age students who wish to transfer those credits to four-year institutions.

For more information on this model joint venture, click here.