Central State University Celebrates Student Academic Excellence during its 2017 Honors Day Convocation
WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University will recognize outstanding academic achievement during its Annual Honors Day Convocation on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
More than 275 students will be celebrated at the 10 am event, which will take place in the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is Continuing the Tradition: A Culture of Merit and Excellence. The public is invited to attend.
All students honored have a 3.2 grade point average or above. Class Honors will be given to those with GPAs up to 3.49 and College Honors will be giving to those with GPAs of 3.5 and above.
High achieving seniors receive special Gold Cord Honors. The person in each class with the highest GPA is recognized as a Top Scholar.
The 2017 Top Scholars are:
- Ms. Rhesa Davis, West Friendship, MD., Senior Class Scholar
- Mr. Bryan Williams, Chicago, Ill., Junior Class Scholar
- Ms. Arame Diouf, Dakar, Senegal, Sophomore Class Scholar
- Mr. Charles Chirume, Columbus, Ohio, Freshman Class Scholar
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Dear Campus Community,
On Monday, March 13th, the campus experienced an unfortunate incident that involved a campus shooting. One of our students, as a bystander, was injured but is in stable condition. The University has taken every precaution to ensure that the campus is secured and thorough investigations are under way.
Regrettably, these types of incidences are far too common on university campuses and do not reflect well of the hundreds of students who are civil, responsible and without incident. We will continue to work with the campus community, families and especially students to help them understand the severity and consequences of these actions.
In the meantime, I encourage you to be vigilant and to report any occurrences that seem to be inappropriate to the campus. Central State University is a microcosm of the greater communities and sometimes the ills of the communities encroach on the protocols of the campus.
I wish to extend sincere appreciation to Chief Hill and staff, campus administration and local law enforcement who worked throughout the evening to provide a safe and secure environment for students and Central State University.
The University has set up a phone number for parents: The number is (937) 376-6387.
Central State University Statement about the Campus Lockdown on March 13
Dear Campus Community,
Around 8:30 pm Monday, the University received a report of an armed robbery in one of the University’s buildings. While investigating, officers heard a gunshot. Central State and Wilberforce University campuses were immediately placed on lock down. One female student was wounded. She has been transported to Miami Valley Hospital and Monday night was in stable condition.
No one else on campus was injured. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Central State University Campus Police are continuing the investigation. The campus lockdown was lifted around midnight.
Thank you to the University’s Campus Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Wilberforce University Police and Kettering Police’s canine unit for their quick response. The safety and security of our students is of the utmost importance to the University.
The University has set up a phone number for parents: The number is (937) 376-6387.
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Attends Historic Gathering of HBCU Presidents and Chancellors
WASHINGTON D.C. – Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond joined other presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities for a historic series of meetings with President Donald Trump’s administration to discuss the mission and sustainability of the Universities.
The two-day event, held on Feb. 27-28, included President Donald Trump, members of his administration and members of Congress. President Jackson-Hammond was invited to attend by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which helped to coordinate the event.
The meetings included a discussion of key strategic issues impacting the Universities and panel discussions on topics such as the future of building and sustaining public and private partnerships with federal agencies and the private sector. At the meetings, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged that HBCUs had historically been underfunded and pledged to help.
Participants included Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI); Senator Tim Scott (R-SC); Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC); Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos; and Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and a CSU graduate.
In addition, President Jackson-Hammond was one of a select group of HBCU presidents with President Trump when he signed an executive order recognizing the importance of HBCUs.
“HBCU leaders were able to position our mission, vision and intentions regarding the sustainability of our universities. We were heard and we all hope that intentional actions will occur,” said President Jackson-Hammond. “I want to thank CEO Johnny Taylor and the entire staff of TMCF for their unbelievable advocacy and coordination of this massive undertaking. With TMCF, we have friends on the Hill!’’
Central State University is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and the only public HBCU in Ohio.
Below is video of the signing of the Executive Order. Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is in the yellow suit:
Central State University Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris and the University’s Cheerleaders Pick Up Top League Honors
Central State University Women’s Basketball Coach Sheba Harris has been named Coach of the Year for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Coach Harris coached the Lady Marauders to their first S-I-A-C West Division title since becoming an exclusive member of NCAA Div. II. The honor from the S-I-A-C comes after a regular season in which Coach Harris coached CSU to a 12-game winning streak. On Feb. 1, Harris earned her 100th career coaching victory. With a a regular season record of 18-7 overall, Harris finished with a career best in wins and winning percentage in a single season.
“This award is a testament to the hard work of our coaching staff, players and staff assistants,” Coach Harris said. “I also want to thank the entire Central State community for continuing to support our program.”
Coach Harris becomes the first Central State coach in any sport to earn the S-I-A-C Coach of the Year award. The S-I-A-C Coach of the Year honor is voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
In addition, the Central State University Cheerleaders took top honors at the S-I-A-C Cheer Expo in Birmingham, Ala. as the 2017 S-I-A-C Co-Ed Cheer Champions. It was a return to competitive cheerleading for Central State.
Congratulations to both.
Central State University and President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Recognized by Ohio House Representatives
WILBERFORCE, OH. - Members of the Ohio House of Representatives commended Central State University and President Dr. Cynthia Jackson- Hammond for their positive impact on the state of Ohio during the January 25th session.
Joining Representatives Rick Perales of the 73rd District, and Bill Dean of the 74th District were members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) in presenting resolutions lauding the accomplishments of President Jackson-Hammond and the University.
“If you look at her resume you will find a very detailed and impressive list of accomplishments,” Rep. Perales remarked. “Dr. Jackson-Hammond is the right person for the right time to lead Central State University."
Both, Rep. Perales and Rep. Dean reiterated President Jackson-Hammond’s achievements as the 2016 Female President of the Year among historically black colleges and universities selected by HBCU Digest and one of the Top 100 Women to Watch selected by Bizwomen. The progression of the University and the final push, which led to the University's federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution was attributed to her bold leadership. Also highlighted was CSU's national ranking as the fifth most affordable University (for out-of-state students) and curriculum enhancements in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) education.
"This is indeed an honor for Central State University; 130 years of academic excellence," President Jackson Hammond stated as she addressed the House of Representatives and visiting CSU administrators. "We really work very hard and diligently not to just be a success for our students, but to be a success for the state of Ohio.”
During his closing remarks Rep. Dean declared, “Today the University stands as a beacon of opportunity!”
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Among the Top Ten Most Influential HBCU Presidents in 2016
WILBERFORCE, OH. - Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has been named one of the Top Ten Most Influential HBCU College Presidents in 2016.
The national recognition, which acknowledges Dr. Jackson-Hammond’s transformative leadership of the University, is from HBCU Digest, a publication dedicated to covering historically black colleges and universities. The recognition caps a year of accomplishments that includes “raising more than $2 million in federal support for the university’s agricultural programs, first-year student enrollment growth exceeding 20 percent, and serving as a key voice in Congressional hearings on how to increase federal support for historically black land-grant institutions,” the news publication stated.
President Jackson-Hammond is the first female president in the 130-history of the University. Last year, President Jackson-Hammond received the prestigious recognition of being named the 2016 Female President of the Year among all historically black colleges and universities. On Jan. 25,
State Representatives Bill Dean, R-Xenia, and Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, will present her with a resolution acknowledging this accomplishment on the House floor in the Ohio Statehouse.
In 2016, Central State University was ranked among the top universities in the country, according to national polls College Choice, Affordable Schools.net and GoodCall 2016 Best Schools.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Central State fifth in the nation for providing the most affordable out-of-state tuition resulting from the University’s reduction in surcharge for out-of-state incoming and continuing students by more than 70 percent.
More achievements under President Jackson-Hammond’s leadership include the development of a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science, a Department of Agricultural Sciences, a degree program in Sustainable Agriculture and extension services to advance the University’s land-grant mission.
Public Comments about Central State University Are Sought as the University Undergoes a Periodic Accreditation Review
Central State University is inviting the public to comment about the University in preparation for a periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting institutions of higher education located in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions are evaluated against a set of standards that institutions must meet to retain accreditation. Accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.
Central State, an 1890 Land-Grant University, has been accredited by HLC since 1949. A team of peer reviewers will visit campus in March 2017 to assess the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:
Public Comment on Central State University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be signed and in writing. All comments must be received by February 6, 2017.
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Receives National Recognition as a Top 100 Businesswoman to Watch
WILBERFORCE, OH- Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has joined the exclusive ranks of the nation’s top Businesswomen to Watch, selected by Bizwomen, a publication of the American City Business Journals. Bizwomen’s “Top 100 Women to Watch” honor recognizes some of the most respected female business executives in the United States for their impact on their company and their community.
Dr. Jackson-Hammond was selected from more than 1,000 leaders. Dr. Jackson-Hammond, who has led Central State University since 2012, is the University’s eighth president and first female president in the institution’s 129-year history. Notable advancements achieved by the University under her administration include:
- Federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant University promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) degree program offerings and research and extension services for local farmers and neighboring communities;
- Ten year re-affirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
- Accreditation of CSU’s College of Business by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP);
- Creation of the Teacher Education Advisement & Partnership Center that supports the matriculation of graduates to licensed professionals in education;
- Construction of a $33 million, 85,000 sq. ft. Student Center hosting a 500+ seat dining hall, computer labs, a bookstore and administrative offices;
- Recognition as the 5th most affordable University in the nation for out-of-state students resulting from the reduction in out-of-state surcharge fees of more than 70 percent.
- CSU named 45th in the nation for Scholarships, 2016 Best Schools Report by GoodCall
The Bizwomen recognition joins other regional and national awards garnered by Dr. Jackson-Hammond. They include the Dayton Business Journal 2015 and 2016 Power 50 honoree, which recognizes the most influential women in Dayton-OH region; and the prestigious 2016 Female President of the Year award among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) selected by HBCU Digest.
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Testifies Before the Congressional Agriculture Committee
WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond joined other 1890 Land-Grant University presidents in Washington DC to share the importance of diversifying the agriculture industry and the need for Congressional support.
President Jackson-Hammond spoke at the Committee on Agriculture Hearing entitled “1890 Land-Grant Institutions: Recruitment Challenges and Scholarship Opportunities.” The hearing was on Congressman David Scott’s bipartisan bill H.R. 6020, the Funding for Student Scholarships for the 1890 Land-Grant African-American Colleges and Universities Act. The bill would provide $1M in grant funding to each of the 19 public land-grant universities for scholarships to help African-American students who commit to pursuing careers in agriculture.
“There is a tremendous need to increase the number of young African-Americans seeking careers in agriculture,” said Congressman Scott. “And there is a tremendous crisis in this country given the average age of farmers in the United States is 60 years of age and continues to rise. H.R. 6020 will expand the permitted uses of federal funds awarded to 1890-universities from research, education and extension to also include scholarship grants.’’
Since receiving federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution (2014), Central State University under President Jackson-Hammond’s administration has developed new STEM-Ag degree programs (several more are on the horizon), extension services and a new Department of Agricultural Sciences to advance the University’s land-grant mission.
Joining President Jackson-Hammond to offer testimony were Dr. Paul Jones, Fort Valley State University and Dr. Juliette Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Central State University Awarded $88k to Advance Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts
Central State University was awarded an $88K grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, for a second consecutive year, to support expansion of the University’s sexual assault prevention campaign #NOMEANSKNOW.
The grant supports the continuation of Bystander Intervention Training, which was implemented this Fall with a targeted subset of student groups. Now, student leaders and resident advisors will receive training that details how to effectively report and respond to reports of sexual assaults. In addition, CSU campus police will receive enhanced training on the reporting of assaults and how to track and follow-up /monitor protection, trespassing and no-contact orders.
Program advocates and peer advocates will be hired to work closely with victims to advise them of their rights and resources and to provide support.
Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, “We are excited to be a recipient of this grant. Although we hope none of our students are ever victims of sexual assault, we are glad to have the additional financial and human resources available to provide the necessary support mechanisms. “
The University’s collaborative approach involves establishing partnerships with Project Woman Rape Crisis Center of Springfield, Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County (FVPC), the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office Witness Protection Program. To help bring resources closer to students, Project Woman has a campus advocate stationed on campus.
Central State University Ranks Fifth in the Nation for Providing the Most Affordable Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Affordable Schools.net also recognized the value of a CSU degree in their 2016 ranking of the 25 most affordable bachelor-degree granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In addition, CSU's value earned the University a 45th ranking in the GoodCall 2016 Best Schools for Scholarships Report. The website examined scholarship and fellowship dollars per enrolled students for more than 4,000 public colleges and universities nationwide.
A regionally accredited land-grant institution, Central State University is the most affordable University in Ohio for in-state students. CSU’s academics prepare students to fill internships and jobs that contribute to Ohio and the nation's economic growth. This acknowledgement by U.S. News and World Report underscores Central State University's efforts to offer out-of-state students a quality collegiate academic experience that is Affordable.
Central State University’s Fall 2016 First-time Student Class Grows by 22 Percent
Central State University’s 2016 incoming class of new first-time students allowed the University to achieve double-digit growth among new students.
New and increased recruitment efforts helped to fuel the growth. This year’s class of 634 first-time students is the largest in the past five years. It represents a 22 percent increase over Fall 2015.
The University's projections of new students were also exceeded when new transfer and College Credit Plus students were added.
Dr. Stephanie Krah, Central State University's Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said, "Our recruitment efforts increased the University's visibility and once they heard about our academic programs, opportunities for growth and value, their interest increased.”
“These students are coming from 21 states and international countries - the most diverse in recent years. They are serious about their academic pursuits and we will provide all of the necessary support services to ensure their successful matriculation, graduation and job attainment, right here in Ohio," Dr. Krah said.
This Spring, Central State lowered its out-of-state surcharge by 76 percent for new incoming students. As a result, the 2016 new student class reflects a strong out-of-state contingent with the largest number of first-time out-of-state students coming from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
As the most affordable University in Ohio, Dr. Krah went on to say, "Central State University's quality academic programs are the best value for students seeking a rigorous rewarding collegiate experience. It is the perfect choice for any student, in-state, out-of-state and international."
The University is projecting a record incoming class for Fall 2017, as more families understand the value and benefits of a Central State University education.
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond Garners Top National Award
Central State University President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has received the prestigious recognition of being named the 2016 Female President of the Year among all historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).
HBCU Digest, a national publication dedicated to covering historically black colleges and universities, identified Dr. Jackson-Hammond at an acclaimed event held in Washington D.C. on
July 15, 2016.
The national award recognizes the impact of leadership to higher education and to the progress and growth an institution has made during the previous academic year. Central State University, under Dr. Jackson-Hammond’s leadership, has had substantial media coverage regarding its engagement as an 1890 University; reduction in out-of-state fees to support college affordability; development of new academic STEM-Ag programs; and students commitment to the new branding logo of Service…Protocol…and Civility®.
Winners were selected by a panel of previous HBCU Award recipients, presidents/chancellors and media members.
Among the University’s accomplishments under President Jackson- Hammond’s leadership:
- Securing $2M in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, to support the development of a well-qualified and diverse pool of students interested in agriculture/engineering.
- Development of new degree programs, extension services and the new School of Agriculture to advance the University’s land-grant mission.
- Completion of an energy conservation project which is saving the University $1M annually.
- Opening a new $33M University Student Center, which houses a 500- plus seat dining hall, ballrooms, computer labs, administrative offices and more.
- Implementing a new surcharge for CSU’s out-of-state incoming and continuing students that is reduced by more than 70 percent, making “cost of attendance” much more affordable.
President Jackson-Hammond said she is, “…grateful for the recognition and shares this award with the Central State University team who is so very committed to advancing quality educational experiences for all students.”
Central State University has been ranked among the top universities in the country according to several national rankings including US News Best College Rankings, College Choice, Affordable Schools.net and GoodCall 2016 Best Schools. For the top 50 best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) category, CSU placed on both College Choice and the US News & World Report polls.
President Jackson-Hammond became the eighth president of Central State University on July 1, 2012, and the first female president in the 129-year history of the University. Under her leadership, the University developed and is guided by Six Compelling Priorities: provide a quality academic/collegiate experience for all students; target diverse student enrollment; improve retention rates; reduce time to degree completion; development of graduates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for advanced studies and professional careers; and efficient and effective institutional operations.
Central State University Ranked Among Most Affordable Selective Small Colleges for a Psychology Degree
Central State University has been named the sixth most affordable selective small college for students to receive a psychology degree in the United States.
The ranking is by Best Psychology Degrees, an online resource for gathering up-to-date information about psychology degree programs. The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database.
The online site ranked the 50 most affordable selective small colleges. Colleges were required to have an admissions rate of 40 percent or less (an indicator of selectivity) and have a student population of fewer than 3,000 students. The top 50 accredited programs were selected and ranked based on their average net price.
"Central State University embraces change; but one thing that has not changed is its continuing commitment to providing an excellent, affordable education to residents of Ohio and beyond," said Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, CSU President. "This ranking illustrates our commitment to offering quality, affordable academic programs in an environment that nurtures student success."
CSU offers a bachelor's in psychology with a universal curriculum to develop a variety of professional skills valuable to interpersonal communication and human resources development across occupations. Graduates can find pre-professional jobs working in psychiatric programs, daycare, child welfare, management, or the court system. They can also pursue advanced studies to become licensed psychologists. The full article is at: http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.com/top/affordable-selective-small-colleges-for-a-psychology-degree/
Central State University Student Accepted into the Peace Corps
A Central State University student has been accepted into the Peace Corps.
Senior Kyree Rollins will spend two years in Togo serving as a health extension volunteer working in community health and malaria prevention. His job will be to assist the Health Ministry on issues of maternal, neonatal and child health and HIV and AIDS. He will join about 25 other volunteers working in primarily rural areas of the West African country. He starts this summer.
Rollins said when he heard about his assignment, “I knew it was the perfect fit.” He has had an interest in public health since growing up as a teen in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., he was a peer educator with Metro TeenAIDS, a non-profit organization that promotes safe sex.
Rollins, who speaks French, said his high school French teacher is the one who got him interested in studying abroad. He said he is excited about the assignment because he “wants to be able to teach people what I learn there.”
Central State University’s College of Business Receives ACBSP Accreditation
Central State University’s College of Business has received its first ever 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The accreditation covers all degrees offered in the College – Accounting, Economics and Business Administration. The Business Administration major currently has eight concentrations, including a new concentration in Agribusiness.
Notification of the recognition completed the average three to four year process in a record two years.
Dr. Fidelis Ikem, Dean of the College of Business, praised his students, faculty, staff and Business Advisory Council for their “diligence and cooperation in the effort put forth leading to the accreditation status.” He said that the College of Business “will continue to focus on preparing students through quality academic programs.
The accreditation acknowledges the University’s commitment to teaching excellence and quality improvement. Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs noted that, “The ACBSP accreditation recognition affirms the quality of the business program and the commitment of CSU’s highly qualified faculty.”
Acknowledgements are in order to the Office of the President, administration, faculty, staff, advisory board and students for their support and participation in achieving this accreditation.
An active Business Advisory Council provides internships and guidance to assist students prepare for full-time careers. Internships from major corporations include KeyBank, Walmart, Honda, Verizon, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo.
Central State University, Ohio's 1890 Land-Grant institution is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The accreditation body, ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.
Central State University Expands its International Recruitment Efforts by Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Leadership Institute USA
Central State University has entered into a partnership with the African Leadership Institute USA that will yield faculty and student exchanges and the international recruitment of Nigerian students. On Wednesday, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ALIUSA to formalize an agreement to work together. Iyorwuese Hagher, executive director of the African Leadership Institute and former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, said the agreement comes at a time when global education is very competitive and “Africans are thirsty to get a western education.”
“For Central State to open its doors for the greater recruitment of Nigerian students…This is the future, this is the hope, this is the planting of a seed that will give birth to a big forest.”
Ambassador Hagher said that currently six Nigerian faculty members are working to come to Central State to do research. The MOU states that the African Leadership Institute will identify and help recruit qualified Nigerian students to attend CSU fulltime.
Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State, said, “ Today is the day of a new beginning, a new creation between Central State University and our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.”
The African Leadership Institute USA is a multifaceted “think tank” that focuses on critical analyses of issues, policies and practices impacting the African continent. It has offices in Dayton and in Nigeria.
Last month, Central State signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to expand opportunities for Bahamian students to attend the University.