News & Blog

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

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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 — […]

Take Action on SB 135

Press Release | April 30, 2021

As we reported to you earlier this month, Senator Jerry Cirino (R-Kirtland) introduced Ohio Senate Bill 135, which contains a myriad of proposed changes to public higher education, most of which we believe would be detrimental to institutions and faculty. The proposals could impact college and university finances, program and degree offerings, and free speech/First Amendment policies, including academic […]

Consider Donating to Akron-AAUP “Faculty Care Fund”

Press Release | April 8, 2021

In July of 2020, The University of Akron announced a reduction-in-force-action for 97 full-time faculty. Some of our colleagues were able to retire, but 66 were removed from their positions without cause and with little notice. In the midst of a pandemic, they lost their salaries, their health care, their dependent’s tuition remission, and their […]

Senate Bill 135: What We Know

Press Release | April 7, 2021

On March 17, Senator Jerry Cirino (R-Kirtland) introduced Ohio Senate Bill 135, which contains a laundry list of changes to public higher education. Sen. Cirino’s district encompasses Portage County and parts of Geauga and Lake Counties. He is a former trustee of both Lakeland Community College and Lake Erie College. This is his first term in the […]

AURCO Announces Lunch Speaker Series

Press Release | March 24, 2021

The Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) has announced a virtual lunch series taking place April 5-9 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day. The series features a great lineup of speakers from several campuses presenting on a wide range of subjects. If you are interested in attending any of the online […]

Vote Ben, Rudy, and Elizabeth for STRS Elections

Press Release | March 22, 2021

We did it! Thanks to the support of many of you, all of the OCAAUP-supported candidates for the STRS Board — AAUP’s own Rudy Fichtenbaum (pictured), Elizabeth Jones, and Ben Pfeiffer — met the requirements to appear on the STRS ballot this spring. Only active teachers/faculty will be able to vote for Ben Pfeiffer, while only STRS retirees can vote […]

McNay Testifies to House Higher Ed Committee

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On Tuesday, March 16, OCAAUP Past President John McNay testified to the Ohio House Higher Education and Career Readiness Committee. Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City), chair of the committee, invited OCAAUP to present about the pandemic’s impact on higher education from the faculty perspective, specifically asking to hear about the effects on educational quality and […]

DeWine’s State Budget: Small Increases to Higher Ed

Press Release | February 3, 2021

Executive State Budget ReleasedOn Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine released his executive proposal for the next biennial state budget, allocating resources for Fiscal Years 2022-2023. Unsurprisingly, the Governor did not show a willingness to seek new tax revenue or tap the state’s “Rainy Day Fund,” which many groups, including ours, have suggested is necessary to properly […]

Run, Rudy, Run!

Press Release | January 27, 2021

We are pleased to share that our own Rudy Fichtenbaum, Past President of National AAUP, long-time OCAAUP Board Member, and emeritus professor of economics at Wright State University, is running for one of the retiree positions on the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) Board. We also are supporting the candidacy of Elizabeth Jones, a retired […]

Your Signature Needed!

Press Release | January 26, 2021

We are working with the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) to collect signatures from active public institution faculty who pay into the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) pension in order to get OFT member Ben Pfeiffer on the STRS ballot this spring. Ben is a Chemistry Teacher in Oregon City Schools in Northwest Ohio, as well as […]

DeWine restores some state funding, but what will we see in the next state budget?

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Higher Ed Gets Back $100 million Last week, Gov. DeWine announced the restoration of $100 million in cuts that he had made to higher education in the last calendar year. Between Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, the cuts amounted to a $164 million reduction in State Share of Instruction (SSI). DeWine credited better-than-expected tax receipts […]

President Kich Urges Gov. DeWine to Restore, Increase Higher Ed Funding in Next State Budget

Press Release | December 15, 2020

On December 11, OCAAUP President Martin Kich sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine regarding the next biennial state budget. As you can see in the letter, we are urging the Governor (and will be urging the next General Assembly, too) to restore SSI funding levels to original allocations in the current budget, as well […]

OCAAUP Weighs In on “Lame Duck” Bills

Press Release | December 3, 2020

The period of time between the election and the end of the calendar year — known as “lame duck” session — often sees a flurry of legislative activity. In spite of the pandemic, 2020 is no different, and the Ohio General Assembly has been full steam ahead on numerous pieces of legislation. Two bills that […]

Election Results & Impact on Higher Ed

Press Release | November 19, 2020

Federal ElectionsWhile President Trump and his legal team continue to challenge election results in several states, presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden built on his electoral victory last week. Biden already has put together his own COVID-19 task force and named long-time Democratic operative Ron Klain as his chief-of-staff. Biden has signaled that there will be many […]