For Immediate Release: August 11, 2011
Contact: Dale Butland, 614-783-5833
Columbus: Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, today called on the Kasich Administration to answer a series of questions raised by the unveiling of a new plan for Ohio’s public universities by Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro.
Petro’s proposal brings to fruition an idea long championed by Governor Kasich to allow Ohio’s public colleges to become “enterprise” or “charter” universities. According to the Columbus Dispatch, schools electing this option would give up 10-20% of their per-student state funding in exchange for less regulation and state oversight of their operations.
Said IO Communications Director Dale Butland:
“Since Gov. Kasich seems intent on privatizing most everything else in Ohio, it’s no surprise that he wants to turn Ohio State and our other great universities into quasi-corporations. But before legislators rubber-stamp the Governor’s proposal, perhaps they should ask the Administration to answer a few questions about how the plan will impact school customers; namely, students and their parents.