Gov. John Kasich Is Wrong to Denigrate Ohio Universities’ Innovation Capabilities


What follows is an op-ed by John T. McNay, chair of the department of history, philosophy and political science at the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash campus and president of the Ohio Conference of AAUP.

This op-ed originally appeared at


Gov. John Kasich, while making the rounds in Washington, D.C., on his pre-presidential tour, roundly and wrongly criticized Ohio’s universities and faculty, as reported by the Northeast Ohio Media Group on April 24.

Kasich lamented, “One of the big problems that we have in the Midwest when it comes to innovating . . . is the Midwest for whatever reason gets extremely comfortable with the status quo,” as quoted in the story by Stephen Koff. “Change is not something that they get real excited about. And it’s reflected in our university structures,” Kasich added.

On the contrary, Ohio’s universities are always innovating. Our open-access regional campus system is an outstanding…

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