Opening New Doors to Higher Education
Kent State University's 100-year commitment to keeping college accessible and affordable - and its impressive track record in forging partnerships across the university and throughout the region - was seen in 2010, when ground was broken on a new Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. The new center will allow greatly expanded course offerings that are expected to attract new students who want to earn a Kent State degree; expanded workforce-development and job-training programs; and new community-engagement opportunities. The project, which benefitted from the strong leadership and vision of Kent State University at Geauga's administration and faculty, is a public-private partnership that uses a Cleveland developer and a loan from the Akron Port Authority.
Kent State joined Lakeland Community College in a new commitment to expanding higher education services to Northeast Ohio in the form of two- and four-year degree programs in Lake, Ashtabula and Geauga counties. And Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University and Kent State created a dual-admissions program that - for the first time - allows Ohio students to select both a community college and a university when they are admitted to a community college.
Kent State's Pre-College/TRIO Upward Bound Programs are increasing educational opportunities and obliterating barriers for first-generation, low-income students and families through comprehensive services in targeted school districts. The programs help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
To help remove barriers to college admission and college success for the university's increasing number of adult students, many of whom are military veterans, the university created the Center for Adult and Veteran Services, which offers a highly personalized and comprehensive support system, including career guidance and support groups.