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US Under Secretary of Education speaks at Ashland

By Justine Ackerman

March 23, 2012

United States Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter stood in Jack and Deb Miller Chapel February 29, and spoke about how Ashland University was an “island of excellence” among American universities and colleges. “How can we do more to get students to graduate faster and on time?” Kanter...

AU jumps ahead of publics with early three-year offerings

By Tyler Remmel

December 1, 2011

Ashland University will begin offering three-year degree programs next fall in an effort to jump ahead of similar programs that will soon be introduced by Ohio's public institutions. Last March, Governor John Kasich mandated that Ohio's four-year universities develop three-year programs to offer to student...

Graduation Woes: AU’s four-year graduation rate is 42 percent

By Lindsay Cameron

September 29, 2011

Ashland University is considering reducing the number of credit hours needed to graduate in light of a dismal four-year graduation rate. Currently AU students need to complete 128 hours to graduate, more than most private colleges and universities in Ohio. University officials are considering reducing...

Faculty senate approves GPS for fall 2012

By Matt Tullis

April 29, 2011

Ashland University's Faculty Senate approved a major overhaul of the way its students study other cultures and languages Friday. By a 28-13 vote - with six abstentions - the senate approved the GPS plan, which will eliminate the requirement that students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree study a fore...

Tuition increase lowest in 30 years

By Cody White

March 24, 2011

Ashland University will see a tuition increase next year, but administrators are assuring that it will be small compared to past increases and those seen at other universities. University Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew said that tuition for next year will increase by 4 percent, but the cost of room and bo...

Fall break returns for 2011-2012 with no class on Labor Day, ‘Reading Day’

By Justine Ackerman

March 3, 2011

Ashland University students may want to buckle their seatbelts and prepare for the ride, because change is once again coming to AU, this time in the form of a new 2010-2011 academic calendar. As many students may know, the Ohio Board or Regents is mandating that all state schools be on semesters by fal...

Surplus leads to million-dollar upgrade

The floor these chairs stand on in the Studio Theater will soon be replaced, thanks to surplus money in this year’s budget. A new lighting board and lighting instruments will also be purchased for use in the Studio Theater and Hugo Young Theater.

By Missy Loar

March 3, 2011

Half a million dollars' worth of new technology and other resources will soon spruce up numerous departments around campus due to a surplus in the budget this year. Another $500,000 will also be added to several departments' base budgets, meaning the funds will be permanently available each year. "Af...

Students express concerns during Student Speak Up

By Lindsay Cameron

February 17, 2011

This semester's Student Speak Up buzzed with a multitude of issues, ranging from the usual Internet troubles to improving retention rates. One of the first problems mentioned pertained to the poor quality of wireless Internet within dorm halls. Soon after, a similar issue was brought up, specificall...

GPS implementation pushed back further

By Cody White

January 20, 2011

A long-developing academic program aimed towards global competency will be unveiled much later than originally planned, according to Faculty Senate President Dr. Michael Hudson. Hudson said at the Dec. 3 faculty senate meeting that the Global Passport Strategies (GPS) Program isn't ready to be incor...

Potential new GPS program demands attention

By Cody White

November 18, 2010

With Ashland University administrators working to implement a new Global Competency Requirement that will make foreign languages and cultures more accessible to all students on campus, it is important to know how the school's Foreign Languages department has taken to this new program. According to For...

Finks, Pettigrew update student senate

By Glenn Battishill

November 4, 2010

Student senate had a meeting last Thursday to meet with special guests President Dr. Fred Finks, Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew and the vice president of faculty senate, Michael Hudson. Finks opened the meeting by discussing and updating students on various topics. One of the first topics was MedCentral a...