The International Center for Water Resources Management at Central State University was formally created by the State of Ohio by H. B. 171 in 1987. The law stipulated that the Center shall develop methods to...”improve the management of water resources of Ohio and emerging nations” (Ohio Revised Code: 1987 Legislation, Page 504). This mission is directly linked to that of the University in offering programs with multi-cultural and global perspectives with particular emphasis on African and African American cultures; collaborating with other educational institutions, business organizations and government agencies to enrich learning experiences and educational opportunities for students; and in providing quality educational programs in the scientific technical fields where minorities have been traditionally underrepresented.
The Center now contains two academic programs that are interrelated– Environmental Engineering (ENE), and Water Resources Management (WRM). Students obtain baccalaureate degrees in these fields. It is now possible also to obtain a minor in Water Resources Management. With these programs of study, the Center is the focal point for environmental related studies at Central State University. The Center offers an interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Science in cooperation with the Department of Natural Sciences (NSC). WRM program supports the B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture degree in the Department of Agriculture Sciences by offering courses to its majors in Soil Sciences, Soil and Water Conservation, Hydrology, Irrigation and Drainage, and through collaboration in research and extension. Internally, the ICWRM is under the Dean of the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture and it works closely with the Manufacturing Engineering (MFE) Program and the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences (ALS) in research, course offerings and in the general development of the University. The program offerings at the ICWRM take advantage of related curricular strengths available at Central State. Central State University bears the distinction of offering the first ever undergraduate program in interdisciplinary Water Resources Management in the United States. It is also the only Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Institution to have an undergraduate program in Water Resources Management. Water Resources Management faculty and students are at the forefront in contributing to the University’s Land-Grant Mission. They are actively involved in advancing conservation engineering methods in agriculture leading to sustainability of our nation’s food systems. A new certification program in Water Resources Management for the Oil and Gas Industry will provide job opportunities for all of our majors in the emerging clean energy industry in Ohio.