AU in the News

9/18/17Iowa Pubic Radio ran an article about author Jon Kerstetter who is a 2011 graduate of AU's MFA program. Kerstetter has experienced many "crossings" in his lifefrom a civilian doctor to a medical officer in the Army National Guard, and then, after a career-ending stroke, from a medical provider to a recovering patient. The book, titled "Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story," details his life's transformations.

Hear the nearly 50-minute interview with Kerstetter at -- 

Working with prison facilities in GeorgiaOhioLouisiana and West Virginia, Ashland University and Lantern have provided incarcerated individuals with the opportunity for educational attainment, creating a better chance of success upon release, thereby reducing recidivism. Since the launch of the groundbreaking program – the only education solution in corrections that offers college credits through the use of tablets – matriculation and overall participation have been unprecedented:
  • More than 70,400 incarcerated individuals have enrolled
  • Over 32,000 college credits have been earned in partnership with Ashland University
  • More than 4 million education course files have been downloaded onto JPay tablets
  • Lantern has contributed to a 456% increase in graduation rates for the Georgia Department of Corrections

8/15/17Ashland University was prominently featured in an article about incarcerated students earning college credit through JPay's Lantern. style="box-sizing: border-box;"> 


8/15/17An Huffington Post article on using technology to educate incarcerated students quoted an AU professor and discussed AU's involvement in the education of incarcerated students. Dr. Duncan Jamieson, professor of history, was quoted in the article that talks about the Second Chance Pell Program and how technology is being used to educate incarcerated students. 

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8/04/17AU’s Assistant Professor of Finance Terry E. Rumker was featured in WalletHub’s piece about credit scores, titled 3 Credit Scores: The Myth, The Real Number & More. You can find the piece, which has already garnered a great deal of nationwide news coverage, here:

8/03/17Dr. Elad Granot, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, was featured on a WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland news segment with Jonathan Walsh. Dr. Granot spoke about Ohio's tax-free weekend as a part of the On Your Side investigation that looked into whether the tax holiday really saves people money.

Granot called the tax-free weekend a political stunt.

"The data shows that for the state it's pretty much a wash," Granot said. "They're not losing any revenue because most of the consumers will walk into stores and buy stuff that's covered by the tax break but then buy a lot more things that are not."

See the video clip of the segment at:

7/07/17A more in-depth news segment on Ashland University’s Prison Outreach Program was featured on NPR radio stations across the country. style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 12px; outline: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.25em; font-family: Cabin, sans-serif; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The story points out that Ashland University serves one of the largest student populations in the Pell Second Chance pilot program. Lydia Emmanouilidou, associate producer of On Campus for WGBH, came to the AU campus earlier this year to interview AU officials and she also talked with inmates in AU’s prison program at the Richland Correctional Facility in Mansfield. 

The NPR segment is being picked up across the country, including South Carolina Public Radio, Public Radio for Southeast Missouri and WOSU Public Radio in Ohio. 



7/07/17Roger L. Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center, had a commentary published in the latest issue of Education Week. The commentary is titled "Why Religion Belongs in the Classroom: Don't Shy Away from Teaching How Religion has Shaped U.S. History."  

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.

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6/24/17AU graduate and theatre major Dwier Brown, who starred in the movie “Field of Dreams,” was featured in an Akron Beacon Journal article that was picked up by Associated Press and run in newspapers across the country, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, Cleveland Morning Journal, Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune, Willoughby News Herald and Lorain Morning Journal.

The article, titled “Movie Still Resonates for ‘Field of Dreams’  actor, talks about a book written by Dwier Brown. The book, titled “If You Build It….”, is a memoir about fathers, fate and the movie “Field of Dreams.”

6/11/17Crain’s Cleveland Business interviewed Jason Ellis and Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professors of education, and a couple of AU students for an article on how teacher education students worked with local manufacturer Rain Drop Products LLC to give the water park product maker suggestions on how to make the company’s products more inclusive. The students also trained the Rain Drop sales team on the best language to use. 

5/18/17AU's Adam Shaheen is getting much media attention at the Chicago Bear's rookie camp. Shaheen, who was the 45th pick of the NFL Draft, has been in the news since draft day. See the latest ESPN segment on Shaheen at --