Compelling Priority #1: Provide a Quality Collegiate and Academic Experience

Central State University is committed to providing a quality, affordable education to the residents of Ohio and beyond. Notwithstanding, this commitment extends to developing students academically, socially, and culturally. The University is positioned to integrate the mission of its recent designation as a Land-Grant institution.

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Integrate the 1890 Land Grant designation into the university’s mission and strategic operations.

Facilitate understanding of the Land-Grant mission


  1. The new University’s Mission Statement received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on September 21, 2015. The new Mission Statement recognizes Central State University’s designation as an 1890 Land-Grant institution.  The Mission is prominently displayed on our website, at the University Student Center, and included in the student handbook.
  2. The Program Review process has facilitated the incorporation of the land-grant mission into the academic programs.

1.1.2 Identify and implement programs that will enhance the core mission of the university as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution
  1. Through 1890 Facilities grants two land parcels have been obtained to leverage support for the 1890 Land-Grant research, extension and community outreach (Botanical Garden) programs.  Site preparation consists of clearing away the trees, doing rough grading that is necessary, and staking the utilities and facility location in preparation for installation of building footings and foundation. The 1890 initiatives provided by Central State University focus primarily on providing services to area residents and farmers who reside in a 60 mile radius and the building of facilities that support and enhance the community.  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture align these foci with the federal requirements.
  2. The Sustainable Agriculture program in the Department of Agricultural Sciences received approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on December 17, 2015.  This means that the program can be marketed to students for fall 2016.  The Exercise Science degree program received final approval from Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) on May 13, 2016.
  3. Proposals for the following programs in the College of Education have been submitted for ODHE approvals: Agricultural Education and Agricultural Extension.
  4. Courses in Public Administration and a concentration in Agri-Business were approved.
1.1.3 Establish time-lines and outcomes that are measurable, research based and are aligned with the institution’s budget and capacity
  1. Land-Grant Plan of Work has been completed.
  2. Initial funding for Research and Extension has been made available by NIFA.
  3. Facilities funds are available from federal FY15 and FY16 allocations. The focus of the Facilities funding will be on the completion of Emery Hall for Extension service staff; and the design and construction of the CSU Regional Technical Resource Center.
1.1.4 Develop community outreach with federal, state, and local agencies
  1. The USDA identified and assigned Dr. Isabel Brumley as the new Land-Grant Liaison to CSU effective May 2016.
  2. Central State University and The Ohio State University signed an MOU on collaboration on land-grant research and extension activities.

Maintain faculty, staff and students who can share diverse experiences and create a culturally enriched environment

 Adopt best practices in recruitment of students, faculty, and staff with an understanding and expectation of developing significant cultural, academic and social interactions that foster value-added community

  1. A permanent Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has been hired and will start on July 1, 2016.  The new Dean, Dr. George Arasimowicz, will join the University on July 1.
  2. Dr. Cadance Lowell has been appointed as Interim Chair for the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
  3. Dr. Clarence Bunch has been appointed as the Associate Director for 1890 Land-Grant Extension Services.


1.2.2 Promote international educational opportunities and cultural awareness for students and faculty
  1. Center for Global Education received a $3,000.00 grant from the Minority Serving Institutions Summit and the Diversity Abroad Conference to be used by students to study in Cape Town, South Africa.
  2. A Fulbright scholar from Egypt completed a nine-month teaching assignment in Arabic at CSU.
  3. An International Flag Ceremony recognizing international students attending CSU was held in September 2015.
  4. International Educational Week was observed in November 2015.
1.2.3 Establish outreach pipelines for international student recruitment
  1. Signed an MOU with the Bahamas that allows for active recruitment of top Bahamian students.
  2. Signed an MOU with the African-Leadership Institute to facilitate recruitment opportunities and on the ground recruitment team in Nigeria.
  3. Signed MOU with two universities in Nigeria: Are Afa Babaloa University and University of Abuja in October 2016.
  4. Enrolled 11 new students between fall 2016 and spring 2017 via CSU-Bahamas MOU.

Strengthen student engagement through significant co-curricula activities

 Facilitate activities that strengthen understanding of the tenets of Service…Protocol…Civility®


  1. “Man Up Mondays”/”Womanhood Wednesdays”—SAEM hosted weekly mentoring sessions with students, faculty, and staff.  Sessions were led by trained staff, and students were encouraged to lead the conversations. Because of a successful commitment from students, the male students have asked to transform the program into an intentional student organization that focuses on mentorship.
  2. Drafted Polices to be included in the Revised Student Code of Conduct.
  3. As a result of the program review process, the Academic Program Review Committee recommended that all programs include how they integrate the University’s three tenets into their programs.


1.3.2 Design co-curricular activities that focus primarily on first/second year students
  1. Collaborated with the Office of Residence Life to create direct messaging to residential students, in regards to preventative discipline and updates to university policy and procedures.  
1.3.3 Expand leadership development to all students
  1. “Man Up Mondays”/”Womanhood Wednesdays”—SAEM hosted weekly mentoring sessions with students, faculty, and staff.  Sessions were led by trained staff, and students were encouraged to lead the conversations. Because of a successful commitment from students, the male students have asked to transform the program into an intentional student organization that focuses on mentorship.
  2. Student Life and Development facilitated the first annual Student Leasdership Conference in spring 2017.
  3. Student Life and Development facilitated Aspiring Leadership workshops. These workshops included topics to enhance student leadership capacity and skills.
  4. Student Life and Development sponsored more than 64 social, educational, and service programs this academic year.
1.3.4 Develop learning communities that use best practices in psycho-social and academic development
  1. Student Living-Learning communities were conducted in Fall 2015 and will continue in Fall 2016.

Enhance support for program and university accreditations

Maintain University accreditation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the state of Ohio

  1. Central State University (CSU) was re-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission on September 24, 2013.  Accreditation is current.
  2. The HLC Quality Assurance visit is scheduled for March 2017.
  3. Quality Assurance committees have been established and are working on the University’s assurance argument which should be completed in December 2016.

Comprehensive visit is 2022-2023 Quality Assurance visit is 2016-17
1.4.2 Achieve program accreditations (i.e. Business, Social Work)
  1. College of Business received ACBSP accreditation.
  2. College of Education Teacher Education Program received CAEP candidacy.
  3. Social Work Program had a successful Benchmark II visit and has provided adequate responses to questions posed as a result of the visit.

1.5 Develop a robust Cooperative Education and Internship program

Enhance relationships and connections with industry and employers


  1. IRT Acceptance – our first-year partnership with the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) is in progress; we have one student who has been accepted into its fellowship program. The IRT works with increasing the number of minority educators in the field (K-12 and Higher Education).  In the fall of 2016, CSU student and IRT fellow, Aaron Hinton will begin to work with an individualized mentor to begin preparing for graduate school upon graduation.  The IRT covers the cost of application fees for fellows. Duke University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania are among the universities attended by IRT fellows.
  2. Ohio Reach Grant – Under the financial support of the Ohio Reach program, SAEM connected six students with faculty and alumni to receive support throughout the academic year.  Additionally, students who were participants in the program have reported that they are returning to Central State University in the fall of 2016.
  3. The University hosted the Annual Communication Week and LEED programs which are activities that bring industry professionals to the campus.

1.5.2 Design an organizational structure to support training and preparedness for cooperative education and internships
  1. In addition to holding the Fall Career Fair, the Office of Career Services continued to provide the following services:
    1. Career Counseling
    2. On-campus interviewing for full-time prospective graduate and student teacher placement
    3. Networking Opportunities
    4. Career-related brochures and handbooks
    5. Seminars on résumé writing and interview techniques
1.5.3 Provide opportunities for the development of soft skills
  1. The Office of Career Services continued to provide career-related brochures and handbooks, seminars on résumé writing and interview techniques, visits to residence halls and classes (FYS, Intro to Social Work, TRIO/SSS), resume workshops, and LEED Mock Interviews.
1.5.4 Integrate cooperative education and internships in specific curricula
  1. Five students completed their internships in 2015-2016 using Internship and co-op courses.
  2. Student internships and co-ops have been facilitated primarily through their academic departments. In cases of co-op placement, students and departments work with Career Services to register for the corresponding co-op course.
1.5.5 Streamline and centralize career services
  1. The Office of Career Services relocated to the new University Student Center.
  2. Career Services activities in the colleges have been redirected to the Office of Career Services.

Conduct academic program reviews

Complete a self-study for each program

  1. Self-Studies have been completed for Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Engineering, Communication (Broadcast Media), Political Science, Psychology, and English.

1.6.2 Establish a University Senate committee to review each program
  1. Completed
1.6.3 Establish a timeline to complete reviews
  1. Completed
1.6.4 Conduct program reviews
  1. In compliance with House Bill 64, Academic Affairs completed the Low Course Enrollment and Low Producing Program reports which were approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
  2. Internal Program Reviews have been completed for Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Engineering, Communication (Broadcast Media), Political Science, and Psychology.  Recommendations have been forwarded to the Provost for review.