- Central State University and The Ohio State University Enter into a Historic Partnership to Serve Ohio on Agricultural and Natural Sciences Issues
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State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, said, "It is no secret that increasing funding for Central State University is a key part of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Action agenda. I am pleased that after several meetings with the administration and visits to the campus, we were able to come together and provide CSU with $1.6 million in order to leverage up to $5.1 million in matching funds for its land-grant status.”
In February 2014, Central State University became an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, joining 18 other historically black colleges and universities which provide leadership on issues of health disparity, nutritious food sources and environmental stewardship. The funding will enable Central State to create a statewide agricultural research and extension network that will serve farmers and the urban core on issues related to sustainable agriculture, nutrition and water resources.
The extension and research initiatives are expected to cost $10M and generate 55 jobs for the state’s economy. The Research Program at Central State University, funded by the state of Ohio and the federal government, expands Central State’s capacity as a research institution and complements the existing research being done through the University’s International Center for Water Resources Management and the College of Science and Engineering.
Central State University President, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said, “Central State University is pleased to have the support of Governor Kasich, Chancellor Carey and so many others at the state and federal level. The Controlling Board’s decision further demonstrates the importance of Central State University’s contributions in the future to the agricultural and economic growth of Ohio.”
Through a partnership with The Ohio State University, Ohio’s 1862 Land-Grant institution, Central State will work toward collaborative grants and establish co-location extension offices. Central State’s Cooperative Extension Program will augment the statewide extension services currently provided by Ohio State University and provide services to additional communities. These programs build on the University’s agricultural past and ensure that CSU is a significant resource for Ohio’s citizens by addressing issues that affect rural and urban families.
CSU’s Cooperative Extension Program will put personnel in 10 Ohio counties with additional field specialists on campus and available on a statewide basis. The University will also reestablish the CSU Farm – 500 acres of crop and forestland. Extension services related to soil and water quality and Geographic Information Systems will become available to farmers all over the region.
Potential infrastructure initiatives, which will be funded by state and federal allocations, include two new facilities and the renovation of a third, expanding the campus:
Central State University’s first-time Freshman Class this Fall is the largest Fall Semester new freshmen class in the past three years. This year’s class of 519 students is a 29 percent increase over Fall 2014, when the first-time freshman class numbered 402.
Total enrollment is up 3 percent over last Fall. Central State’s Fall 2015 total enrollment is 1,804 students. The University’s Fall 2014 enrollment was 1,751.
Dr. Stephanie Krah, CSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, attributed the high number of new freshmen to increased efforts by the Central State’s Admissions Office to follow up with applicants to communicate next steps.
“ I think students had information from us sooner in order to make next step decisions if they wanted to attend Central State,” Dr. Krah said. In addition the staff added some Spring recruiting visits and worked closer with high school counselors to help students get the necessary documents in to complete their applications.
The Emerging Scholars Program is a result of Central State receiving a $60,000 grant from Ohio Reach, a coalition working to improve higher-education outcomes for former foster youth. CSU, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is one of four universities to receive a multi-year grant to create a mentoring program to help former foster youth succeed in college.
“We want to make sure we are feeding them holistically” from admission through graduation, she said.
Twenty-five students will start the program this Fall. William Murray, IV,
Director of Ohio Reach, praised the CSU staff for investing in a population that for a long time has struggled at the college level. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking.
Central State University Receives more than $4M for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education
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