Opinion: Kasich’s Higher Ed Budget Flawed


John T. McNay is president of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors and a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash. This op-ed appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer and is available at: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/04/18/professor-kasichs-higher-ed-budget-flawed/83031170/

Professors at Ohio’s public universities and community colleges acknowledge the determination of state elected officials to find ways to drive down the cost of a college degree. We do not want to see our students financially burdened for pursuing a college education and all of the advantages it provides.

Yet while the mid-biennium budget proposals recently offered by Gov. John Kasich for higher education budget “reform” may seem constructive and innocuous, some serious unintended consequences appear not even to have been recognized, much less addressed. This tunnel vision is in part the result of the absence of faculty input in the development of these sweeping proposals. This is a problem that…

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