Higher Education

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State University, welcomed Central State's Class of 2020 to its online commencement.
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Over the weekend, some Miami Valley colleges held virtual commencements before sending their new graduates out into the world — and one of the toughest job markets in memory.

Central State University is a historically black university, and commencements can be a big deal for graduates who have worked hard to get to where they are.

With COVID-19 shutting down large gatherings across the state, this year’s celebration was almost canceled entirely. But, this past Saturday, Central State held its very first virtual graduation.

Miami University's commencement will be virtual this year. The online experience was put together by Subvrsive, a virtual reality company with ties to the university.

It’s college graduation season, which usually means large commencement festivities. But the pandemic has those events being pushed back or moved online. But for some students, this year's commencement will be cutting edge.

Students at Miami University were disappointed to learn that graduation was cancelled.

That’s when Glenn Platt from the university’s Department of Emerging Technology stepped in.

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This is the season for high school graduations. Even though this year’s ceremonies are looking much different than they have in the past, proud seniors are receiving their hard-earned diplomas - a testament to their hard work, and a passage to what comes next.  

This year, 47 local high school students are graduating with something extra-special as well — two-year-associate degrees from Sinclair College.

Urbana University, a private college in Ohio, announced Tuesday that it will close its physical campus and move classes online after the spring semester ends. It will also stop enrolling students at the end of the semester.

At the top of the list for colleges and universities nationwide is keeping students safe and healthy in the midst of the coronavirus, but many parents are wondering if having their kids sent home will mean a refund for room and board.

Ohio's public universities are teaming up to create one simplified process for students and staff to commercialize their research and inventions. 

US defense expert and Antioch College alumnus Jay Tuck will deliver the keynote address at the Artificial Intelligence Symposium on Monday.
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Antioch College is hosting an Artificial Intelligence Symposium on Monday, July 15, 2019. It will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Eichelberger Forum Main Stage at the Dayton Metro Library, located at 215 E. Third St., Dayton.

The featured speaker at the symposium will be US defense expert and Antioch College alumnus Jay Tuck. The author and investigative journalist will be joined by a panel of "Dayton-area AI experts," including Dr. Amy L. Magnus of the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Wright State university
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On Friday, Wright State University’s board of trustees will publicly discuss the school’s finances for the first time since the end of the recent 20-day faculty strike. The strike led to widespread disruptions to classes and campus life for thousands of students. 

During the meeting board members are expected to address some of the strike’s financial impacts. 

Student withdrawals between January 31 and the end of the strike resulted in a decline in tuition revenue, according to a monthly performance report released by the board ahead of the meeting.

Gov. Mike DeWine in Dayton.
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Governor Mike DeWine says his administration has no plans to intervene in the Wright State faculty strike. The strike is in its sixteenth day and no contract negotiations are scheduled. This week, the university authorized the hiring of longterm substitutes to replace striking faculty.

In a statement, Wright State officials say any replacement instructors who fill in during the strike would be temporary, qualified and asked to commit to teaching the rest of the semester.

The AAUP faculty union’s picket line resumed Monday after weekend talks ended without a deal.

Dozens of students and community members joined members of the Wright State University's faculty union's picket line Monday.
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The Wright State faculty union strike is in its fourteenth day. And while negotiations resumed over the weekend between the administration and the union, no agreement was reached.

So, Monday afternoon union members returned to the picket lines, joined by dozens of students and community members.

The picket line stretched for almost an entire block near the entrance to Wright State’s Fairborn campus. 

Lining the curb were more than 100 people cheering in support of striking faculty members.