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Static tuition, state-aid cuts hurt Ohio’s public colleges


Published: Sun, September 3, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Static tuition, state-aid cuts hurt Ohio’s public colleges

As university and college students across Ohio return to their campuses this fall, concerns about affordability and the perceived rising price of attending college are likely to intensify.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) recently published a policy brief on tuition-control policies in 12 Midwestern states. A neutral third-party, MHEC, collected some eye-opening data about trends in college tuition and fees in the Midwest.

According to MHEC, between 2004-2005 and 2016-17, Ohio tuition and fees actually dropped by 2 percent. This demonstrates that, contrary to popular political rhetoric, tuition at Ohio’s public universities is not spiraling out of control. In fact, it was every other state in the Midwest that saw significant increases in tuition and fees over that same time.

So what does this mean for Ohio’s public-university students? Excessive tuition constraint, without adequate state funding, will, sooner or later, result in compromised academic quality and fewer student support services – services that are specifically designed to maximize a student’s chance of success at college, in other words, graduating and earning a degree. Student support services such as academic and career advising, health services, financial advising, and tutoring will be cut because they can’t be afforded. Ohio’s public universities have always supported students. We’d like to continue doing so, but lack of adequate resources, either from state-imposed tuition constraints or lack of funding, will leave us no choice.

Despite that, Ohio’s public universities are optimistic about the future. We are committed to doing our part to hold down costs. We also continue to look to our partners in the Governor’s Office and the Ohio General Assembly to provide the fiscal support needed to improve access, sustain quality and improve student success.

The full policy brief, titled “Tuition Control Policies: A Challenging Approach to College Affordability,” can be found at www.mhec.org .

Bruce E. Johnson, Columbus

Bruce Johnson is President & CEO of the Inter-University Council of Ohio.

All caregivers should pass strict background checks

I would like to address the recent story about the caregiver who had a complete meltdown on a mentally handicapped patient in his care. How do some so-called caregivers pass a background check?

This happens time and time again. The background checks must be very primitive and not up to date.

I am a state-tested nursing assistant and a medical assistant. I have been doing patient care for 35 years, and I have never even lifted a finger to one of my patients. I worked nursing homes, hospitals and am working for a home-health agency now.

I work for a very good agency, and my boss is CEO of the company. He would not tolerate this kind of behavior.

Everyone can’t take care of sick people, disabled people, and mentally disabled people.

Please, please get people you consider to hire as caregivers medically and mentally checked out before you call them caregivers.

Kelly Banks, Youngstown


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