Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Holidays from AICUO!

AICUO President C. Todd Jones and Board Chair Dr. Anne C. Steele (President, Muskingum University) enjoy the ornaments from AICUO member campuses on the office tree.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shootout Triumph Sends Capital Women's Soccer to NCAA Division III Semifinals

CLUTCH SAVE — Donnellan stops penalty kick in shootout
Senior goaltender Maggie Donnellan saved three penalty kicks in a post-overtime shootout to key Capital's NCAA Division III women's soccer quarterfinal round victory over host Washington (Mo.)

The quarterfinal game, played Sunday, November 24, ended after regulation time and two overtimes tied at 1-1, and Capital scored three times in the subsequent shootout to Washington's 2 to claim the victory and advance to the national semifinal game Dec. 6 at San Antonio, Texas, against William Smith (N.Y.).

Capital reached the quarterfinal by defeating Thomas More (Ky.) 2-1 Saturday in the tourney's third round.

Late Goal Pushes Kenyon Out of NCAA Division III Soccer Tourney

Men's Soccer

NCAA Division III Tournament
Third Round, November 23
Messiah (Pa.) 2, Kenyon 1

Mount Union, Wittenberg Advance, John Carroll Ousted in NCAA Division III Football 1st Round


NCAA Division III tournament

First Round: Saturday, November 23
Mount Union 34, Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 20
Wittenberg 59, Lebanon Valley (Pa.) 17
St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 23, John Carroll 16

Second Round: Saturday, November 30
Wittenberg at Mount Union, 12 noon EST

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kenyon Men, Capital Women Advance to Third Round of NCAA Soccer Tourney

NCAA Division III Soccer


First Round
Ohio Wesleyan, bye

Second Round

Third Round


First Round

Second Round

Third Round

Four AICUO Members to Host NCAA Football Playoff Games

NCAA Division III Football

First Round, Nov. 23
All games start at 12 noon

NCAA Division II Football

First Round, Nov. 23
Ohio Dominican, bye

Second Round, Nov. 30

Heidelberg's Brooks Sets NCAA All-Division Rushing Record

Saturday, in the season finale against Baldwin Wallace, Heidelberg junior running back Cartel Brooks set an NCAA all-division single-game rushing record of 465 yards.

The record he broke had been set just a few weeks ago, when Western Connecticut State's Octavias McKoy ran for 455 yards. Brooks's big day returned the NCAA record to the hands of an AICUO institution: McKoy broke Dante Brown's record of 441 yards, which he set for Marietta College in 1996.

Brooks scored three touchdowns in Heidelberg's 41-14 victory; in addition, he set a new school record with 1,704 yards on the season. Earlier this season, he set a new single-game school record by gaining 337 yards against AICUO member Otterbein.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AICUO Hosts First Mascot Day at Ohio Statehouse

AICUO hosted the first ever Mascot Day for Ohio's Independent Colleges and Universities on October 9, 2013, at the Ohio Statehouse. Mascots from around Ohio participated in the day, including: Ashland University, Cedarville University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Northern University, Capital University, Otterbein University, The College of Wooster, Marietta College, Ohio Dominican University, University of Northwestern Ohio, Wilmington College, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Tiffin University, Hiram College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and The University of Dayton.

Mascots and cheerleaders from independent colleges in Ohio took pictures with legislators and alumni, performed routines and greeted countless visitors to the Statehouse.

Ohio Northern University Announces "The Ohio Northern Promise"

Ohio Northern President Dr. Dan DiBiasio
announces "The Ohio Northern Promise"
Ohio Northern University on Thursday announced a new initiative designed to reduce tuition, lower student debt and help students graduate in four years. 

Called "The Ohio Northern Promise," the initiative stresses affordable academic excellence and hinges on four key elements:

- Lowering tuition from 2013-14 rates by 20 to 25 percent.

- Offering a four-year graduation guarantee in most undergraduate programs to lower student debt.
- Continuing to engage students in high-impact practices to deepen and enrich learning.
- Sustaining the University's excellent record of job placement and graduate and professional school admission rates.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ashland University Cuts Undergraduate Tuition by More Than $10,000

At a press conference yesterday morning, Ashland University President Dr. Frederick J. Finks announced that the University has made a bold move in addressing the issues of accessibility and affordability facing higher education. The University has reset cost structure, resulting in a tuition reset which will aplly to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 2014-15. This represents a 37 percent decrease from the projected 2014-15 tuition of $30,064, bringing it to $18,908.

Finks said that nothing will be cut or eliminated from the total Ashland educational experience to accommodate the tuition reset. He explained the Executive Committee of the University's Board of Trustees approved the decrease in June following two years of research and discussion.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ohio College Opportunity Grant: Time for Re-Reform

From AICUO's Graph of the Week

It took more than three weeks into the new fiscal year — a long delay after the date in June that colleges normally send their fall students their final financial aid packages — but we finally know how much the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, the state’s need-based aid program, will offer each eligible student in the coming academic year.

The grants for students attending Ohio independent, nonprofit colleges will go down nearly 9 percent compared to last year. A full-time eligible student — an Ohio resident whose estimated family contribution is $2,190 or less — will receive a grant of $2,080, compared to last year’s $2,280. Part-time students will get proportionately reduced grants, depending on whether they are enrolled at least three-quarters time, half time, or one-quarter time.

The appropriation for independent-college students stayed the same, at $41 million, but the award level went down for two reasons. First, the Board of Regents, which administers the program, had to spend a lapse of $2.6 million from previous years that would have expired on June 30, when the last fiscal year ended. So, instead of having $43.6 million to spend on students at nonprofits, the program has just the earmarked $41 million. Also, the Regents projected that the number of OCOG-eligible students attending independent colleges would be increasing. Less money and more students means smaller awards.

For the two other higher education sectors, the awards will go up: for students at public universities, the award increases 7 1/2 percent, with a full-time student’s grant going from $856 to $920; for those attending for-profit colleges, the award increased 44 percent but from a smaller base, from $460 to $664. Both sectors received increased earmarks from the legislature, and the Regents projected decreases in eligible students in both, consistent with last year’s pattern that showed roughly flat enrollment in independents but considerable drops in the other two.

From AICUO's Graph of the Week

This delayed calculation of awards — the appropriation amounts never changed from the governor’s Executive Budget proposal in the winter, except for a small increase for the for-profits — did not serve students well, as was evident from a July 25 Columbus Dispatch article. OCOG and its predecessor program had award levels established in statute until it was changed as a cost-saving measure in the 2009-10 academic year, in a failed effort to protect a non-need-based tuition freeze at public campuses. It is time for re-reform.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Five New AICUO Member Presidents Take Office This Summer

Usually, every summer we have some turnover among AICUO's member presidents, typically the result of retirements or transfers to other institutions, and this year is no exception. Here are five new presidents at AICUO members who have taken office this summer.

Denison University
On July 1, Adam Weinberg, president of the international nonprofit organization World Learning, became president of Denison University, succeeding Dale Knobel, who served as the university's leader for 15 years. Before taking the helm at World Learning, which provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries, he was vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he served on the sociology faculty for more than a decade.


Franciscan University of Steubenville
On June 1, Rev. Sean Sheridan, T.O.R.became president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, succeeding Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., who took up the post of Franciscan's chancellor. A canon lawyer, Fr. Sheridan was professor of theology at Franciscan, after serving on the faculty at the Catholic University of America. He has graduate degrees in canon and civil law.

Kenyon College
Also on July 1, Sean M. Decatur, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College, became president of Kenyon College. A chemist, he had been dean at Oberlin since 2008. He is a former associate dean, department chair, and professor at Mount Holyoke College. He succeeds S. Georgia Nugent, who had been president since 2003.

Kettering College
On June 1, Rev. Alex Bryan became the sixth president of Kettering College, replacing Charles Scriven, who retired this spring after a 12-year tenure at the college. Bryan had been senior pastor at Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Wash., for the last four years. In addition to teaching on the faculty in both the School of Business and the School of Theology at Walla Walla, he was a member of the President’s Cabinet, responsible for vision and strategy for the university.

Lourdes University
The ninth president at Lourdes University, David Livingston, took office July 1, as the successor to Robert Helmer, who is now president of AICUO member Baldwin Wallace University. A theologian, Livingston had been vice president for advancement at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Capital Only AICUO Member to Win Even One Game in NCAA Division III Softball Regional

NCAA Division III Softball Championship
Regional at Angola, Ind.

May 9
Aurora (Ill.) 2, Mount Union 1
Allegheny (Pa) 4, John Carroll 0
Capital 5, Thomas More (Ky.) 1

May 10
Trine (Ind.) 6, Mount Union 4 (Mount Union eliminated)
Thomas More 4, John Carroll 0 (John Carroll eliminated)
Allegheny 6, Capital 3

May 11
Trine 12, Capital 5 (Capital eliminated)

Ashland Qualifies But Does Not Advance in NCAA Division II Baseball, Softball Tournaments

NCAA Division II Baseball Championship
Regional at Springfield, Mo.

May 16
Bellarmine (Ky.) 13, Ashland 10

May 17
Ashland 3, Drury (Mo.) 2

May 18
Lewis (Ill.) 5, Ashland 4 (Ashland eliminated)

NCAA Division II Softball Championship
Regional at Indianapolis

May 10
Lewis (Ill.) 5, Ashland 0

May 11
Ashland 9, Wayne State (Mich.) 1
Ashland 7, Lewis 0

May 12
Indianapolis 10, Ashland 0 (Ashland eliminated)

Marietta Baseball Three-Peat Bid Fails in Regional Final Defeat

NCAA Division III Baseball Championship
Midwest Regional at Terre Haute, Ind.
Double elimination

May 15
Manchester (Ind.) 12, Mount Union 3
Thomas More (Ky.) 20, Wooster 4
Marietta 11, Penn State-Behrend 1

May 16
Illinois Wesleyan 5, Mount Union 2 (Mount Union eliminated)
Wooster 3, Penn State-Behrend 2
Marietta 16, Thomas More 1

May 17
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 8, Wooster 7, 13 inn. (Wooster eliminated)
Manchester 10, Marietta 5

May 18
Marietta 6, Washington & Jefferson 2
Manchester 8, Marietta 5 (Marietta eliminated)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ohio House Sends Budget Bill to Senate for Hearings and Debate

Last week, the Ohio House passed and sent to the Senate its version of the operating budget for the next two fiscal years. The budget includes a marginal increase in funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, and retains the $41 million earmark for the independent sector. In addition, the House stripped from the bill an administration proposal to reconstruct dual-enrollment programs under which high school students simultaneously attend college.  

In addition, the sub-bill includes AICUO-drafted language that indemnifies independent colleges and universities from liability for a state agency's disclosure of personal data submitted to any state agency. 

A last-minute provision was added that would disallow reimbursement to colleges for classes taken by high school students if the course is not a part of or “equivalent to” a transfer module or other set of courses created by the Chancellor for automatic transferability between public-sector campuses. AICUO is analyzing this language to determine an official stance. 

The voluminous measure cleared the House floor on a nearly party-line vote of 61-35 following more than five hours of debate. Three Democrats joined most Republicans in supporting the bill: Rep. John Barnes of Cleveland, Rep. Zack Milkovich of Akron and Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland. Rep. Ron Hood of Ashville was the sole GOP member in opposition. The bill now heads to the Senate, which has set a deliberation schedule that would have it in conference committee by mid-June.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ohio Wesleyan University to be Featured in Indian Reality TV Show

Ohio Wesleyan University has been chosen as one of three universities in the United States to host a weeklong visit from "College Hunt, USA," a reality television show produced jointly by the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai and Channel V, an international TV network. The three-part reality TV show is projected to reach 25 million young adults in India, with a goal of sharing information about pursuing college degrees in the United States. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ashland Women Capture NCAA Division II Basketball Crown

Ashland's women's basketball team completed its run for a national title in a 71-56 championship game victory over Dowling (N.Y.), March 29 at San Antonio, Texas.

Kari Dougherty (holding trophy), National Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, led all scorers with 26 points and added 12 rebounds for the victors. Ashland had lost last season's championship game in overtime.

This is the third team NCAA championship won by an AICUO member this academic year, following titles in Division III men's swimming (Kenyon) and Division III football (Mount Union).

Kenyon Men Regain NCAA Division III Swimming Championship

Kenyon's men's swimming and diving team captured the NCAA Division III title at the championship meet, held March 20-23 at Shenandoah, Texas.

This is the 32nd time that Kenyon has captured this championship, and the first time since 2010. First-year coach Jess Book was named Division III Coach of the Year following the meet. AICUO member Denison, the runner-up this year, won the titles the last two seasons

It also represents the second NCAA team sports championship won by an AICUO member this academic year; Mount Union's football team won the Division III football championship in December.

Monday, March 18, 2013

NCAA Basketball: Rough Weekend for All AICUO Teams Except Ashland Women

NCAA Basketball Tournament

Division II
First Round, Friday, March 15
Ashland 70, Indianapolis 56
Wayne State (Mich.) 63, Findlay 58

Second Round, Friday, March 16
Ashland 67, Michigan Tech 54

Regional Championship, Monday, March 18
Wayne State (Mich.) at Ashland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
Drury (Mo.) 89, Findlay 77

Division III
Regional Semifinal, Saturday, March 16
Cabrini (Pa.) 70, Wooster 63

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NAIA Basketball: Lourdes Loses 1st Round Game in OT

NAIA Division II Tournament
at Point Lookout, Mo.

First Round, March 7
Indiana Wesleyan 62, Lourdes 60

NCAA Basketball: Findlay teams, Ashland Women Qualify for Division II playoff

Wooster Advances, Ohio Wesleyan Ousted in Division III Men's Tourney

NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
All times EDT

Sept. 16
Findlay at Drury (Mo.), 7 p.m.

Sept. 15
Findlay vs. Wayne State (Mich.), 12 noon
Indianapolis at Ashland, 6 p.m.

NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament
All times EDT

Second Round, March 9
Wooster 80, Dickinson (Pa.) 54
Cabrini (Pa.) 84, Ohio Wesleyan 81

Third Round, March 16
Cabrini at Wooster, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow Doesn't Stop Independent College Day

On February 26, Ohio legislators had the opportunity to meet and mingle with 42 independent college students and advisors during the 6th Annual Independent College Day at the Ohio Statehouse. This event brought students from eight campuses to Columbus to advocate on behalf of AICUO members and raise awareness of Ohio's independent colleges and universities.  

More than 30 legislative offices (staff or legislator) perused the display tables that highlighted each campus in attendance and also had the opportunity to dine with the students and gain a further understanding of the importance of our independent campuses and their respective roles in their communities.  

In addition to discussing their respective campuses with legislators, the students were invited to join Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) in a breakout session where he talked to them about what being a legislator is like.  The Senator also wanted to hear from the students about what life is like these days as a college student.

The night before the second Independent College Day (March 6) the weather forecast was predicting 4-8 inches of snow in the Central Ohio area.  This was a little much for many of the campuses set to appear in Columbus, but two campuses (Tiffin University and Baldwin Wallace University) braved the icy roads and slush to make it south.  AICUO staff, with only sixteen students and two advisors in the quiver, commenced a day of advocacy on behalf of independent colleges and universities.  

Immediately after breakfast and set-up of the display tables in the Atrium, the students spent the morning in the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education; the students witnessed the testimony of AICUO President, Todd Jones, as well as testimony from public sector side with testimony from IUC (inter-University Council) President, Bruce Johnson.  The students then had the opportunity to meet and chat with staff or legislators from 39 legislative offices about their experiences with independent colleges and why it is so important to maintain a role for them within the higher education policy-making.  Student advocates also had the chance to witness House and Senate sessions in the afternoon.  

The days were complete successes and legislators and staff have told me all week long that they appreciate the time that students took from their busy schedules to come to the Statehouse and fight for something they believe so strongly in.  The conversations, intimate and/or brief were appreciated on both sides and gave each a chance to learn just a little more about the lives of either legislators or college students. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

NCAA Division III Tournament Results

Women's Basketball

First Round, March 1
Ohio Northern 86, Hanover (Ind.) 68, at Holland, Mich.
Maryville (Tenn.) 68, Otterbein 61, at Greencastle, Ind.

Second Round, March 2
Hope (Mich.) 63, Ohio Northern 48, at Holland, Mich.

Men's Basketball
First Round, March 2
Ohio Wesleyan 84, St. Vincent (Pa.) 75, at Delaware, Ohio
Wooster 62, Penn State-Behrend 44, at Wooster, Ohio
Dickinson (Pa.) 80, Marietta 65, at Carlisle, Pa.

Upcoming Games
Second Round, March 8
Dickinson at Wooster, 7 p.m.
Cabrini (Pa.) at Ohio Wesleyan, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Basketball: When Is Traveling a Violation? When a Top Team Doesn't Host Early-Round NCAA Games

It is an all too familiar story in the Division III NCAA championships. A conference and tournament champion from Ohio with an outstanding record and high rating has to travel hundreds of miles to play one of the NCAA’s fair-haired children in an early round on its home court.

It has happened again this year. Ohio Northern’s women’s basketball team, rated No. 3 in the nation and loser of a single game all season, powering its way through the Ohio Athletic Conference – a league strong enough to generate championship teams and, this season, an at-large qualifier in Otterbein – must travel 270 miles to No. 2 Hope (Mich.) for its first-round game against Hanover (Ind.) tonight. A win means a likely second-round game Saturday against Hope on its home floor, assuming the host defeats Wheaton (Ill.).

For years now, high-achieving Ohio colleges have had to make long journeys in this tournament so that certain favorites like Hope and Washington (Mo.) can get the home court advantage. If the decision is about money, well, since the NCAA is involved, that’s hardly a surprise. If the integrity of the tournament is damaged, so what?

Elsewhere in the women’s tournament, at-large qualifier Otterbein faces Marysville (Tenn.) in its first round game, played on DePauw’s home floor at Greencastle, Ind. – a shorter trip (236 miles) than its conference champion faces. The winner of that game plays the winner of the DePauw-LaRoche (Pa.) game on Saturday.

The men’s Division III tournament operates on a different calendar, as there is no final four but a final eight playoff incorporating quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals on a neutral site in Atlanta. The first round is the only game played this weekend, and thus there are more hosting opportunities. On Saturday, North Coast Athletic Conference tournament champion Ohio Wesleyan hosts St. Vincent (Pa.), while regular season champion Wooster hosts Penn State-Behrend. The only traveling school this weekend is Ohio Athletic Conference tournament champion Marietta, which travels to Dickinson (Pa.), a 307-mile jaunt.

Only one AICUO member qualified in NAIA Division II basketball. Lourdes’s men’s team will play Indiana Wesleyan on the morning of March 7. Lourdes wins the long-distance travel award at 718 miles, as all NAIA tourney games take place, as they have for many years, at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. In case you were wondering, Ozarks qualified in that tournament as the team with the most losses, 12.