The challenge in Citizens comprehending the funding of Ohio Higher Ed is a deep space galactic journey. Ohio Higher Ed and a number of other States Higher Education are Constitutionally protected. This is the power of the college/university lobby.
I started an investigation on the funding of Ohio State University back in November of last year. I can only say that in general, the information is overwhelming when it comes to the complexity of funding Higher Education. I suggest you go back to these two programs to get more of where I was beginning: Episode 325: Corporatocracy: Universities Making Vassals and Universities are Body Politic and Corporations.
Tip of the Iceberg on Ohio Higher Ed Funding
I am only touching the tip of the iceberg as I delve into the way the Ohio Constitution was amended so that Ohio Higher Ed could be funded. I also take you on the journey of how other states have been enslaved by the Corporatocracy of Higher Ed. The references for this program are primarily from Ballotpedia.com as well as from the National Center for Education Statistics and a number of articles that give the data which shows that the taxpayer has been enslaved to Higher Ed even before the O’biden Student Loan enslavement.
Melting the Iceberg
Melting the iceberg of Ohio Higher Ed Funding or that Funding is other states is a Titanic collision. The lobbyists for Higher Ed use taxpayer money against the taxpayer. Much like the teachers unions do.
So on this program, I take you into the mysteries of State Constitutions regarding Higher Ed Funding.
RESOLUTION OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.
[NOVEMBER 1, 1777.]
‘…That at one Time, and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their divine Benefactor. And, that together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may joyn the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble & earnest Supplication that it may please God through the Merits of Jesus Christ mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance. That it may please Him, graciously to afford His Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the publick Council of the whole. To inspire our Commanders both by Land and Sea, & all under them with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE. That it may please Him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yet yield its Increase. To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue, & Piety, under His nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion for the Promotion and Enlargement of that Kingdom which consisteth “in RIGHTEOUSNESS PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST.”
TO JAMES WARREN.
[MS., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.] PHILADE Feb 12 -79
‘…I have expressd my wish that the honest & virtuous Friends of our Country would cultivate a cordial Esteem for each other. I am affraid there are little Jealousies among them which prevent their uniting their Councils and Efforts against that Inundation of Levity Vanity Luxury Dissipation & indeed Vice of every kind which I am informd threatens that Country which has heretofore stood with unexampled Firmness in the Cause of Liberty and Virtue. This Torrent must be stemmed, and in order to do it effectually, there must be Associations of Men of unshaken Fortitude. A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy. While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their Virtue they will be ready to surrender their Liberties to the first external or internal Invader. How necessary then is it for those who are determind to transmit the Blessings of Liberty as a fair Inheritance to Posterity, to associate on publick Principles in Support of publick Virtue. I do verily believe, and I may say it inter Nos, that the Principles & Manners of N Engd, producd that Spirit which finally has establishd the Independence of America; and Nothing but opposite Principles and Manners can overthrow it. If you are of my Mind, and I think you are, the Necessity of supporting the Education of our Country must be strongly impressd on your Mind. It gives me the greatest Concern to hear that some of our Gentlemen in the Country begin to think the Maintenance of Schools too great a Burden. I wish they could hear the Encomiums that are given to N Engd by some of the most sensible & publick spirited Gentlemen in the southern States, for the Care & Expence which have been freely borne by our Ancestors & continued to this time for the Instruction of youth. Virginia is duly sensible of the great Importance of Education, and, as a friend in that Country informs me, has lately adopted an effectual Plan for that necessary Purpose. If Virtue & Knowledge are diffusd among the People, they will never be enslavd. This will be their great Security. Virtue & Knowledge will forever be an even Balance for Powers & Riches. I hope our Countrymen will never depart from the Principles & Maxims which have been handed down to us from our wise forefathers. This greatly depends upon the Example of Men of Character & Influence of the present Day. This is a Subject my Heart is much set upon. But I fear I have wearied your Patience. I will conclude with my most ardent Prayer that our last Days may be our best Days and our last Works our best Works.’
2. Ballotpedia.com searches on State Constitutions
3. Higher Education Expenditures, Urban Institute, State and Local Finance Initiative
4. Taxpayer Subsidies for Most Colleges and Universities Average Between $8,000 to More than $100,000 for Each Bachelor’s Degree, New Study Finds, AIR 12 MAY 2011
5. National Center for Education Statistics, 2019-20
7. 20 Years of Tuition Growth at National Universities, U.S.News, 2021
8. How Colleges Make Money, Investopedia, 2022