Ohio districts respond to “Prepared for Success” grades

The Ohio school report cards are designed to give parents, educators and policymakers information about the performances of districts and schools and celebrate success.  So when most Ohio schools received poor grades in the “Prepared for Success” category, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Without a requirement from the federal government, the Ohio Department of Education has created the “Prepared for Success” category to the school report card. The 2018 report cards revealed that just nine of 608 school districts in Ohio received an A in the “Prepared for Success” section. Out of the 608 districts, 520 of them received either a D or an F, implying that Ohio students are

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How Besty DeVos Title IX suggestions might affect universities

Words by: Ashton Vogelhuber and Linda Stocum Besty DeVos is deciding on how to change Title IX. On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted by Congress and signed into law by Richard Nixon. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Below is a guide explaining what Title IX is and how it applies to college campuses. The courts have explained how this affects sexual assault reporting. The New Yorker describes how courts decided how Title IX affects campuses, “The law itself does not mention sexual violence, but its interpretation by courts and by the

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How OH Bill 59 Has Affected Ohio’s Public Universities

by Linda Stocum and Ashton Vogelhuber   The Ohio Department of Higher Education has refocused university funding from enrollment numbers to retention with a performance-based model. Since 2013, the model has changed the way universities conduct themselves.   Retention is the ability of a college to help students stay at their university from freshman year through graduation. The goal is to have students earn their degree within six years.   Stephanie Davidson, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, explained how this change affected Ohio’s public universities.   “Funding is dependent on how successful students are at staying at a university and graduating,” Davidson said.  

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New textbook program tested at Kent State, books now included in tuition

https://vimeo.com/289084090 This past spring, The Kent State board of Trustees approved an Inclusive Access Model for Textbook Purchases which will be commonly known as Flash Books. Students will be provided digital textbooks and course materials for designated courses at a price that will be included in their tuition and course fees. The program is designed to decrease the price of student’s textbooks and course materials by 30%-70% in comparison to the 2017 school year prices. However, Jamie Sopko, Campus Book and Supply manager, feels as though this has the potential to harm students’ learning, especially those who aren’t digitally savvy. “Some people feel like they have to have that paperback

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Maplewood Career Center School Board meeting includes a tour

The Board of Education meeting at Maplewood Career Center began a little differently than most – in a welding lab.   Surrounded by metal cans full of drill bits, racks of pipes, and the fumes from welding gas and oil, the board speaks with welding instructor Mr. Britt Palmer and some of his students. Each monthly board meeting starts off with a tour of all the different programs offered by the career center.   “Most of us are very familiar with the K-12 school.” Supervisor of Business Affairs Mike Lenzo said. “This is a little different for them. So what we want to try to do is keep them apprised

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The State Of College Enrollment

Words by Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel Although college enrollment numbers have decreased over the past few years, data from the Ohio Department of Higher Education shows an overall enrollment increase from 2007, which is a collective improvement over 10 years. According to the Total Headcount Enrollment by Institution and by Campus report, Ohio’s fall 2016 public college enrollment was 501,125 students; an 8 percent decrease from 2011, but 6 percent increase from 2007. https://prezi.com/view/RI0MUaeH9lsq6nrHkRYB/ Jeff Robinson, Ohio Department of Higher Education director of communications, explained how the state of the economy affects college enrollment. “When the economy is good or is improving, there tends to be a lower enrollment

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Influenza Frenzy: A Surveillance Report on This Year’s Virus

Words by: Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel  Seasonal influenza, better known as the flu, is a viral illness that causes fever, headache, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion and body aches. As flu season enters its peak month, public health officials urge citizens to receive the flu vaccination for immunity against the worse strain since 2009. With similar symptoms as a cold, the two are frequently mistaken and are difficult to distinguish based on symptoms alone. With the cold comes a runny or stuffy nose, but if left untreated, the flu leads to health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, hospitalizations and even death, as the virus attacks healthy tissues in the

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Let’s Clear The Air: An Update on KSU’s Smoking Ban

Words by: Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel In partnership with the state’s Board of Regents, a coordinating panel for higher education, Kent State University was the 26th, four-year-university in Ohio to implement a smoke-free campus. First introduced in 2012, officials of the Board of Regents unanimously voted to recommend that the University System of Ohio should consider adopting the policy. Since then, a growing number of colleges have agreed to go tobacco free, and as of July 1, 2017, Kent State University joined the list.   “We are working together to create a supportive community where everyone can learn, work and thrive,” said Kent State University President, Beverly Warren, in

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Kent State University processes risk of increased taxes on graduate assistantships

The future of graduate assistantships at Kent State University has been called into question as Congress attempts to pass legislation that will facilitate the largest change to the country’s tax code in years. On November 16, the House of Representatives signed off on a tax bill that would dramatically rewrite the existing code. However, their plan comes with a caveat. In order to help fund cuts, the country would need to revisit a clause protecting graduate students benefiting from graduate assistantships. What are graduate assistantships? Assistantships are a form of work-study agreements students apply for in order to make their education more affordable. If a student receives one, they typically work

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Up in the Air: Kent State travel policy leaves room for interpretation

Moderating a travel policy at a large institution tends to be a lofty task. At Kent State, this means keeping faculty members up to speed on policies before they leave on business trips around the globe, and ensuring rules are followed. A university-wide travel policy, spelled out in 2,300 words on Kent State’s online policy register, sets regulations for transportation, lodging and what qualifies as university-approved trips.

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