Ohio Dominican Disputes Kasich Comments

December 14, 2015

Ohio Dominican University is disputing comments made by Governor John Kasich, the state's current governor and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Cleveland.com reported. At a New Hampshire event, Kasich recounted an experience at a commencement speech in Ohio in the spring. “We are getting ready to go in and the president was standing with me and I said, ‘What does it cost to go to school here?’ ” Kasich said. “He told me. I said, ‘That’s really a lot of money. Why don’t you reduce the costs?’ You know what he said? ‘You can’t reduce the costs ’cause if we reduce the costs people will think our school is cheap and that would mean it is not very good.’ Imagine the psychology of that. But that’s what runs things.” Kasich did not identify the college, but his staff members confirmed that the only institution at which he gave a commencement address in the spring was Ohio Dominican.

Ohio Dominican's president, Peter Cimbolic, released this statement Friday: “I have great respect for Governor Kasich, but I don't remember talking about our university's situation in those terms. This approach may have come up in a more general conversation with other members of my staff about the factors that drive the rising cost of higher education. However, I can assure you the approach described by the governor is not Ohio Dominican's mindset in setting the price for our outstanding educational experience. We have been diligent in our efforts to hold the line on tuition increases and to increase the amount of financial aid we offer to students.”

Tuition, room and board costs about $40,000 a year at Ohio Dominican, and nearly all full-time undergraduates receive some aid.

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