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SB 83 passes Senate, but the fight isn’t over

Press Release | May 19, 2023

Senate Bill 83 Passes Senate On May 17, the Ohio Senate passed Sub. SB 83 by a vote of 21-10. Three Republicans (Sens. Blessing, Manning, and Reynolds) joined all seven Democrats in opposing the bill. Two Republican members were absent from the vote. The bill still would have to be approved by the House of […]

**SB 83/HB 151 Actions This Week**

Press Release | May 15, 2023

Wednesday, May 17 at the Statehouse -9:30 am (North Hearing Room, 2nd Floor)Sub. SB 83 final hearing (written testimony only) -10:30 am (Room 017, Ground Floor)Sub. HB 151 hearing (in-person and written testimony) -1:30 pm (Senate Chambers)Senate session, possible vote on Sub. SB 83 What actions can you take? 1) Submit written testimony on Sub. SB 83 You […]

TAKE ACTION x 2: Written testimony on Sub. SB 83

Press Release | May 13, 2023

In addition to the upcoming opponent hearing for Sub. HB 151 next Wednesday, the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee is accepting final written testimony only on Sub. SB 83 this coming Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30 am. The bill is starred for a vote on the committee notice, which means that it is likely to be voted […]

TAKE ACTION: May 17 HB 151 Opponent Hearing

Press Release | May 11, 2023

HB 151 Opponent HearingHouse Higher Education CommitteeWednesday, May 17 at 10:30 amRoom 017 (Ground Floor), Ohio Statehouse This coming Wednesday, opponents to Sub. HB 151–the companion bill to Sub. SB 83–will have an opportunity to submit testimony. This is a hearing for opponent testimony only. However, testimony will be limited to five minutes per witness. There will […]

SB 83/HB 151: Important Updates & Forum

Press Release | May 9, 2023

Substitute Senate Bill 83 (“Sub. SB 83”)A substitute version of Senate Bill 83 was released by sponsor Sen. Jerry Cirino (R-Kirtland) and formally adopted today, May 9, by the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee, of which Sen. Cirino is chair. Despite several changes that make clarifications and water down certain provisions, the bill is still deeply […]

SB 83 Opponents Pack Statehouse

Press Release | April 27, 2023

On April 19, hundreds of people–faculty, students, and allies–gathered at the Statehouse to oppose Senate Bill 83. More than 500 people submitted written opposition testimony, and over 100 of them were present to address the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee. We were told that the amount of testimony received is an Ohio Senate record! […]

Take Action: April 19 SB 83 Opponent Hearing

Press Release | April 16, 2023

SB 83 Opponent HearingSenate Workforce & Higher Education CommitteeWednesday, April 19 at 4:00 pmSouth Hearing Room (2nd Floor), Ohio Statehouse This coming Wednesday, opponents to Senate Bill 83 will have an opportunity to submit testimony. Technically, the hearing is for all testimony, including proponents, opponents, and interested parties. What can you do to help? 1) Submit testimony: If […]

April 13: SB 83 Forum & Testimony Workshop

Press Release | April 6, 2023

Please join our partners at Save Ohio Higher Ed for a statewide forum to learn about SB 83–what’s in the bill and how it could impact student learning, academic freedom, tenure, faculty evaluations, diversity initiatives, and more. The last segment of the forum will feature a testimony workshop for anyone who is interested in submitting oral or written testimony […]

Miami Faculty Set to Vote on Union

Press Release | March 25, 2023

Earlier this month, the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) ruled on the composition of the proposed bargaining unit for Miami faculty. The ruling contended that only the full-time tenured/tenure-track and full-time non-tenure-track faculty on continuous contracts were part of a “community of interest” and eligible to be in the same bargaining unit. The more than […]

Pat Davidson for STRS Board

Press Release | March 25, 2023

In January, the Ohio Conference AAUP Board interviewed and subsequently endorsed Pat Davidson, a candidate for the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) Board. We believe that he is a much-needed addition to the board to advocate for responsible change to the pension system. Pat Davidson is a member of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT)/American […]

TAKE ACTION: 2 Ways to Fight SB 83

Press Release | March 21, 2023

There are two ways you can take action to fight SB 83: 1) Attend SB 83’s First Hearing What: SB 83 First Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 22 *New* Time: 11:30 am (arrive by 11:00 am) Where: North Hearing Room (2nd Floor), Ohio Statehouse, Columbus For this first hearing of SB 83, we are going to […]

SB 83 Targets Faculty, Collective Bargaining

Press Release | March 16, 2023

On Tuesday, State Senator Jerry Cirino (R-Kirtland) introduced Senate Bill 83, dubbed “The Higher Education Enhancement Act,” which is co-sponsored by seven other Senate Republicans. The bill attempts to micromanage public–and to an extent, private–colleges and universities on a variety of issues, most of which are rooted in the culture wars. The following pieces are of […]

Take Action: Support Higher Ed Funding in State Budget!

Press Release | February 23, 2023

Click Here to Support Higher Education Funding in the State Budget! As we reported previously, Gov. DeWine’s proposed funding for higher education in the state budget represents major strides in increased financial support for students and institutions. However, the governor’s introduction of his executive budget is just the first step in the state budget process. Legislators […]

Candidates Announced for 2023 Elections

Press Release | February 3, 2023

We are pleased to announce the candidates for the 2023 Ohio Conference AAUP elections: -Vice President: Judith Grant, Ohio University-Treasurer: Shashi Lalvani, Miami University-At-Large Member–public institution with less than 100 members or private institution: Roger Anderson, Central State University-Secretary: Cassandra Fetters, University of Cincinnati (This is a special election for a one-year term to fill the […]

Higher Ed Would Get Boosts Under DeWine Budget

Press Release | February 3, 2023

On Tuesday, January 31, Gov. DeWine gave his “State of the State” address, which outlined his budget priorities for Fiscal Years 2024-2025. This is the first executive state budget in a dozen years that demonstrates a greater commitment to higher education and increased financial help for students. Here are some of the highlights: -A 9.5% […]