The Ohio Conference AAUP has produced an “Ohio Higher Education Report” entitled The Real Problems Deserve Real Solutions.
The purpose of the report is to influence public policy around higher education issues, especially in light of HB 64, the state budget bill, as well as Gov. Kasich’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency.
It is also a response to “solutions” that have been proposed in recent years, like faculty workload mandates, that fail to address the real problems and cost drivers at our public colleges and universities.
Certainly, this report does not cover every issue that is worthy of attention and discussion; but we included the problems we believe to be the most pressing, including the decline of state funding, administrative bloat, and athletic spending.
This report was prepared by John McNay, President of the Ohio Conference, and Sara Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Ohio Conference. It provided the basis for John McNay’s very recent testimony before the Ohio Senate committee responsible for higher-ed appropriations, and that testimony and the report are the focus of the news stories covered in another of my posts today.
The report and the response to it demonstrate the value of AAUP conference’s developing such reports on the core issues facing higher education in their states.