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CACM Celebrates Anniversary & Milestone

Posted Aug. 18, 2008

The Center for Applied Conflict Management’s undergraduate degree program was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents in February 1973. Now in its 35th anniversary year, the center has attained a milestone by enrolling 1,000 students in its classes in an academic year for the first time.

The Center for Applied Conflict Management teaches skills in collaboration, negotiation and nonviolence.

The Center for Applied Conflict Management teaches skills in collaboration, negotiation and nonviolence.

The center was founded in 1971 as a “living memorial” to Kent State students killed by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970, while protesting the United States war in Vietnam. Establishing a center for promoting peaceful forms of change was the unanimous and central recommendation made by the University Commission charged with charting Kent State’s official response to the shootings.

Center Director and Associate Professor Patrick G. Coy says, “This accomplishment is a fitting testament to the excellent teaching done by center faculty members in our Applied Conflict Management degree. We know of no other program in the country that has achieved this milestone. Strong student interest in our courses reflects a demand for constructive approaches to conflict, and we are proud that Kent State maintains a leading role in this field. Kent State students learn — and practice — applied skills in communication, collaboration, negotiation, mediation and nonviolence.”

Beyond the 1,000 students enrolled for the year, the Center for Applied Conflict Management currently has 42 majors and 32 minors in Applied Conflict Management, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, undergraduate degree programs in the field of peace and conflict studies in the country.

While many Ohio colleges and universities offer certificates or concentrations in peace and conflict studies, Kent State’s program is one of only two undergraduate major programs in the state. The Center for Applied Conflict Management is part of Kent State University’s Department of Political Science.

The Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Dr. Timothy Moerland, congratulated the center. “The Center for Applied Conflict Management is a great asset to Kent State University and to Ohio,” he says. “This enrollment milestone is another testament to its success.”

The center’s degree program includes courses such as Mediation: Theory and Training, Cross Cultural Conflict Management, Conflict in the Workplace, Negotiation, International Conflict Resolution, Public Sector Dispute Resolution, Racial and Ethnic Conflict and Nonviolence: Theory and Practice, among many others.

For more information about the Center for Applied Conflict Management, contact Coy at 330-672-2875 or pcoy@kent.edu.