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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 […]

Call for Nominations for 2021 Elections

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In accordance with our Code of Regulations, this will serve as our call for nominations for the 2021 OCAAUP elections. The positions to be elected in 2021 are: -Vice President-Treasurer-At-Large Member from a public institution with less than 100 members or a private institution The Vice President serves in the absence of the President. The Treasurer is responsible for […]

Wright State University Invokes Retrenchment

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On November 12, the Wright State University administration informed our Wright State AAUP chapter that they would be invoking the retrenchment article in the faculty collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This comes not long after the WSU faculty went on strike for 20 days in January/February of 2019 after an impasse in contract negotiations. According to […]

Forum: Shared Governance for the Current Crisis & Beyond: A Primer

Press Release | October 14, 2020

The Save Ohio Higher Ed coalition, an alliance among our chapters at Miami University, Ohio State University, and Ohio University, have come together for a fourth forum geared toward faculty senators and administrators, but all are welcome to participate. “Shared Governance for the Current Crisis & Beyond: A Primer” will take place on Thursday, October […]

Are you an STRS ARP Member? Did you receive notice about class action settlement?

Press Release | October 2, 2020

In 2016, a group of Ohio faculty filed a class action lawsuit against the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) over the 1% increase in the mitigating rate for those in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) that went into effect in 2013. The mitigating rate is a portion of the employer contributions paid by university employers on behalf […]

***Voting Information***

Press Release | October 1, 2020

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR DEMOCRACY IN 2020! Sign up to be a poll worker. https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/poll-workers/signup/ Double check your voter registration.https://voterlookupxss.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx Make sure your family and friends are registered to vote.https://voterlookup.ohiosos.gov/voterlookup.aspx APPLY FOR MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT, AND MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Given the uncertainty this election, apply for your absentee ballot NOW.  […]

National AAUP launches investigation at Wittenberg University

Press Release | September 16, 2020

On September 14, National AAUP Associate Secretary Anita Levy informed Wittenberg University’s president and board of directors that the association would be launching a formal investigation by the Committee on College and University Governance. The AAUP, which initiates a limited number of investigations each year into serious violations of AAUP principles, will be reviewing the […]

Thank you, John McNay!

Press Release | September 11, 2020

With Marty Kich assuming the presidency, it means that our long-time president, John McNay, Professor of History from the University of Cincinnati, now moves into the role of past president on the Ohio Conference board. During his eight years as president, McNay testified dozens of times to the Ohio General Assembly. He has fought for […]

Welcome President Kich!

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On September 1, Marty Kich, Professor of English from Wright State University, became the new president of the Ohio Conference AAUP. Prof. Kich was first elected to the Ohio Conference board in 2009 as an at-large representative, and since 2012, he has served as vice president. He has chaired the Communications, Organizing, Adjunct Faculty, Nominating, […]