Kent State to get Boost in State Share of Instruction Money

2014 projections show university will get increase in state support at 7 of 8 campuses

After riding out cuts in state financial support in 2012 Kent State University is expected to see increases in state higher education dollars at seven of its eight campuses for 2014.

Gov. John Kasich's proposal for Ohio's biennium budget starting next year shows overall increases in the State Share of Instruction dollars to Ohio's public universities and colleges for fiscal year 2014 compared with 2013.

The proposal shows only the Kent State Trumbull campus will see a drop in 2014, of 0.4 percent, based on recommendations from the Ohio Higher Education Funding Commission.

The commission recommended the Kent campus see the largest increase, of 5.3 percent, raising the state's contribution from $96.7 million in Kent State's 2013 budget to $101.9 million in 2014.

Kent State relies heavily on state dollars to operate.

In 2012, the bulk of the university's eight-campus $574.2 million budget came from tuition and fees to make up 61.3 percent of the total budget. State appropriations accounted for 21.5 percent of the overall budget that year.

And in fiscal year 2012 the university saw a 13.1 percent, or about $12 million, cut in state dollars.

In a prepared statement, Kent State President Lester Lefton pointed to the university's role in the Northeast Ohio economy as an important reason to maintain state-level support of higher education.

“Gov. Kasich clearly understands the important role higher education plays in the economic revitalization of Ohio and our nation," Lefton said. "We appreciate that the governor continues to prioritize higher education. The Kent State community is committed to student success and helping our students graduate."

The higher education funding committee's recommendations for the university's eight campuses are:

Campus FY2013 Actual ($) FY 2014 Projected ($) Percent Change Kent 96,737,165
 + 5.3 Ashtabula 4,050,680 4,219,509  + 4.2 East Liverpool 2,048,742 2,139,445  + 4.4 Geauga (Twinsburg) 3,337,559 3,482,511  + 4.3 Salem 3,738,460 3,853,605  + 3.1 Stark 8,456,186 8,504,747  + 0.6 Trumbull 4,643,535 4,626,705  - 0.4 Tuscarawas 4,851,369 4,866,882  + 0.3
Trans Plant February 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM
So now Kasich has only cut annual funds to KSU by about 7 million? Yes, it's easy to see the the Gov clearly understands the important role higher education plays in the economic revitalization of Ohio and our nation.
Randy McFarland February 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Cant believe the state would throw more $ at a school that employs ex cops that get busted for ovi and have illegal drugs in their car and are still allowed to teach their criminal justice at said school.
Chris (Kit) Myers February 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Yeah, Mr. McFarland, I agree. It's kinda like Akron U hiring Jim Tressel, a man who disgraced Ohio State, its football players who were not involved in the shenanigans, the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni; pretty much everybody in Ohio. I cringe every time I see his picture in the paper. The difference is that the Kent State guy is teaching criminal justice classes. How can he do that? Some people have no shame. "Excuse me, kids. I gotta go see my probation officer." Nice...
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD February 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM
we should just re-name this kit patch, since kit knows best about everything.
Chris (Kit) Myers February 17, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Well, Herr Clownmeister, thank you for the compliment, but I wouldn't say that I know best about everything. Please rest assured, however, that I am working on it! Anyway, I do believe that while my opinions may have no value to you, they may sometimes provide some new food for thought for other people, just as their thoughts sometimes provide food for thought for me. Sometimes, to the chagrin of some people, to really make a point I feel it is necessary to get quite vivid, such as using the example of a baby dying in a home fire to get people thinking seriously about home safety. It's not that I am insensitive, it's just that I think some things are too important to gloss over. Then there are the clowns who provide comic relief.
Dr. Anarchy Clown PHD February 17, 2013 at 01:55 AM
you shouldn't refer to yourself as a clown kit, tsk tsk...
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 17, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Why doesn't Kasich invest in keeping Ohio students in Ohio? Florida has the Bright Futures Scholarhips that give scholarships to Florida kids who attend Florida colleges/universities. Ohio doesn't encourage the best and the brightest to stay in state. Maybe if you play sports. But college is about education, or is it?
Chris (Kit) Myers February 17, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Sports bring the brightest and most honorable students to Kent State. That's why they get full scholarships. You never see a sports player's name in the paper for committing a crime. Spending money for paving and super-sidewalks is more important than education, too. I suppose someone has done a study that shows that the wider the sidewalks, the better the students you will attract. I know that Lefton wants to improve the graduation rate. One way is to recruit students from foreign countries where he can accept only the best. KSU, as you know, has an office in India and is opening one in Brazil. There are programs with China. I don't know what else is going on or in the works, but with the number of potential Ohio students lessening, they must come from somewhere. Lefton, although one may not agree with it, knows exactly what he is doing. I think in the next few years the number of international students will be far larger that at the present time. One of the upsides to this is that foreign students are less likely to get smashed and require police departments to quell the chaos, thereby improving the quality of life for all of us.
Kent Truth1 February 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Chris (Kit) Myers "Sports bring the brightest and most honorable students to Kent State. That's why they get full scholarships. You never see a sports player's name in the paper for committing a crime." What is this about then? http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=1823023
Chris (Kit) Myers February 18, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Kent Truth 1! My comment was sarcastic agreement with the comment made by Mars. Every year we are treated to seeing Kent State sports figures being arrested for assault or robbery or whatever else. But the rah rah sports lovers are willing to overlook bad conduct both on and off the field or arena floor. I think it is really sad. The golfers and baseball players don't do that kind of stuff. I wonder why that is.


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