The State of Ohio State, with OSU President E. Gordon Gee
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee joined All Side with Ann Fisher May 17, 2011 toÂ talk about the state of the university.
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Ann Kicked off the conversation with the latest on the ongoing NCAA investigation of famedÂ OSU football coach Jim Tressel, noting that Gee had said before that Tresselâ€™s job was safe.Â Gee declined, however, to talk about the investigation or anything to do with OSU football.
Regarding the importance of sports to a school such as OSU, he said that â€œcollege athleticsÂ represent both the highs and lows of an academic institution.â€
Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich floated the idea of the charter university and mentionedÂ Ohio State in the same breath. Gee said he doesnâ€™t like the phrase â€œcharter university,â€ that theÂ point is to give the institution the freedom to pursue enterprises.
Gee said that some regulations have to go, but that he would not advocate less oversight by theÂ state. He hopes that with fewer regulations, they could save money and channel more of it toÂ the classroom.
â€œWe are over-regulated, and under-funded,â€ he said.
The Ohio General Assembly and Gov. Kasich have proposed talk of three-year degrees atÂ Ohioâ€™s public colleges and universities, including Ohio State.
Gee said he wants to keep an open mind but said there are only certain academic disciplinesÂ that would lend themselves to such a concept. He disagreed with the idea that the sciences, forÂ example, could do without the humanities required by a traditional college education.
Tuition hikes are unwelcome but sometimes necessary, Gee said. Because the stateÂ contributes just 10 percent to the universityâ€™s overall $5 billion budget, the only way to make it
up is through tuition and cost savings.
He defended the current tuition level at OSU â€“ the fifth lowest Ohio, he said — as one ofÂ the â€œbest educational bargain in the country.â€
â€œYes, tuition has doubled, but earning power has more than tripled,â€ Gee said, addingÂ that, â€œ(Ohio State) has one of the highest bond ratings because we are one of the most efficientÂ universities.â€
- E. Gordon Gee (President of The Ohio State University)
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