Ohio is the only state in the country where public colleges and universities have frozen tuition for the past two years. Governor Ted Strickland wants community colleges and branch campuses to continue that freeze, and he's asking main campuses to freeze tuition for 2010 and increase it by no more than 3 and a half percent in 2011. But after reports of some high-income hirings at Ohio State University and other schools, some critics have suggested that public institutions of higher learning deserved no increase in state funding. Ohio State president Gordon Gee told statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler that each university employee is appropriately compensated.
Ohio State took some heat over a list of 150 employees paid more than a quarter of a million dollars a year, including former House minority leader Joyce Beatty. And Ohio University was criticized for giving its president a $85,000 raise despite getting a vote of no confidence from the faculty.