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.