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Get Involved with STRS

Press Release | November 24, 2021

Opportunities to engage in pension issues If you are a member of the defined benefit State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) pension, there are a couple of ways that you can get more involved in pension issues to be an advocate for yourself and your peers. Healthcare and Pension Advocates CoalitionFor many years, Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum […]

November 2021 Legislative Update

Press Release | November 24, 2021

Legislature wrapping up 2021 session As 2021 wanes, the Ohio General Assembly remains in session. However, both the House and Senate have stated that they do not expect to meet past December 9; although as with anything with the legislature, that is subject to change. Below are updates on HB 218, HB 327, and SB […]

Call for Nominations for 2022 Elections

Press Release | November 24, 2021

President, Secretary, At-Large Position to be elected We are now seeking nominations for the 2022 Ohio Conference AAUP Board of Trustees’ elections. In accordance with our governing policies, nominees must have been a member for at least two years and current on dues to be eligible for a trustee position. Nominations should be sent to […]

OCAAUP Membership Unanimously Approves Three Resolutions at 2021 Annual Meeting

Press Release | November 8, 2021

At the 71st Annual Meeting of the Ohio Conference AAUP on November 6, members unanimously approved three resolutions. Resolution 1: Education First Whereas the primary mission of Ohio’s colleges and universities is toeducate students, a mission carried out by professors, Whereas colleges and universities have increasingly and irresponsiblydevoted resources to endeavors peripheral to the academic […]

Legislative Updates: HB 327 & SB 135

Press Release | November 1, 2021

During the last week of October, HB 327 was a late addition to the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee agenda. After several weeks of no hearings, the committee adopted yet another substitute version of the bill. Here are the highlights: Changes the word “teaching” to “promote” to indicate that “divisive concepts” can be […]

OCAAUP 2021 Annual Meeting: November 6

Press Release | October 1, 2021

We had planned on having an in-person Annual Meeting this year; but as we continue to confront the pandemic, with spiking cases and new variants, we believe it is in the best interests of our membership that we meet virtually. Accordingly, we will meet via Zoom on Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Registration is […]

On September 22: Take Action Against HB 322/327

Press Release | September 20, 2021

Take Action on Wednesday, September 22!: House Bill 322 and Substitute House Bill 327 (details below) are receiving another round of hearings on Wednesday, September 22 in the Ohio House State and Local Government Committee. It is important that committee members hear opposition to these bills. E-mail: We have created an Action Network page through which you can […]

September 2: Forum on HB 322/327

Press Release | August 25, 2021

On Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm, the “Save Ohio Higher Ed” coalition will be hosting the Zoom forum: Honesty in Education: The Truth about Ohio’s “Divisive Concepts” Bills to discuss Ohio House Bills 322 and 327. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these bills, which threaten academic freedom, accreditation, and institutional funding, and to […]

OCAAUP Weighs in on HB 248

Press Release | August 25, 2021

Earlier this summer, the Ohio General Assembly made national headlines for introducing a bill that would ban virtually any vaccine mandates by a public or private entity, including institutions of higher education. The legislation — House Bill 248 — failed to advance at that time; but to the surprise of many, the House Health Committee returned early […]

Highlights of Final State Budget Bill

Press Release | June 30, 2021

While Gov. DeWine has the ability to line item veto portions of House Bill 110, the state budget bill, before he signs it into law, here are the higher education highlights of the final bill as passed by the House and Senate: -The Senate’s language to require the chancellor to approve any nursing programs at […]

HB 322 & 327 Threaten Faculty, Higher Ed

Press Release | June 23, 2021

OverviewThere has been a rash of anti-academic freedom legislation cropping up in states across the country, and Ohio is no exception. The main purpose of these bills is to prohibit the teaching of “critical race theory” in primary and secondary education, but the bills tend to go much farther, and higher education has been a […]

Wittenberg Sanctioned by National AAUP

Press Release | June 14, 2021

Wittenberg University was one of six institutions added to the list of AAUP sanctioned institutions at the June 2021 AAUP Council meeting. An institution is sanctioned by AAUP only after an investigation by the Committee on College and University Governance reveals “serious departures by the administration and/or governing board from generally accepted standards of college […]

OCAAUP Submits Testimony on SB 135

Press Release | June 4, 2021

For the June 2 hearing of the Ohio Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee, OCAAUP President Marty Kich submitted interested party testimony to address several key concerns that we have with the substitute bill. On May 19, the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee had adopted a substitute version of SB 135. Substitute SB 135 […]

Jackson Delivers OCAAUP Testimony about State Budget

Press Release | May 14, 2021

On May 4, Dr. David Jackson, Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University, as well as President of the BGSU AAUP chapter, delivered testimony on behalf of OCAAUP regarding House Bill 110, the state budget bill. The testimony focused on the importance of investment in public higher education, as well as the importance […]

Roosevelt Network Report: The Financialization of Higher Education at the University of Cincinnati

Press Release | May 14, 2021

A hard-hitting report about the upside-down priorities at the University of Cincinnati has been released by current and former students at UC who are members of the Roosevelt Network. The report criticizes UC’s lack of inclusiveness in decision-making and transparency. It challenges the university’s centralized budgeting model, which usurps money to the central administration — […]