I am pleased to welcome you to the College of Applied & Technical Studies.  In some ways it is unique, as the college is the academic home for programs that are only offered at one of Kent State’s Regional Campuses. Kent State University recognizes that the Regional Campuses must be able to respond quickly to the ever-changing needs of the local regions they serve. Often, this requires programs and degrees to be offered specifically at a regional campus whose community has that need. As a result, the College of Applied & Technical Studies was created in 2010 as the administrative home for programs unique to the university’s regional campuses.

Each regional campus offers degrees targeted to the needs of its local community through a wide variety of associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. Some programs are offered at all of the regional campuses, while others are offered at only one of the regional campuses. Course requirements within each degree are aligned with Kent State University standards. All regional campus graduates receive a Kent State University degree upon completion of their program.

The opportunities available to a regional campus student are characterized by excellence. We are proud of our campus facilities that provide a welcoming learning environment and access to state-of-the-art technology. Regional campus faculty are highly respected and take pride in their concern for their students. Faculty are truly involved in each student’s pursuit of knowledge and education.

I hope you will take some time to learn more about our unique programs and visit the regional campus offering your degree program of interest. Classes are small and available to meet your needs – whether you are a full-time student or a part-time student with work and family responsibilities. You will find classes offered days, evening, in-person, online, and as hybrid/classroom blends.

Everyone at the College of Applied & Technical Studies – and at all of the Regional Campuses – looks forward to assisting you in your pursuit of a Kent State University degree.


Susan J. Stocker

Interim Dean, College of Applied & Technical Studies 

About Dean Stocker

Appointed in 2001, Dr. Susan Stocker is the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of Kent State University at Ashtabula as well as the Interim Dean of the College of Applied and Technical Studies. She holds the rank of Associate Professor at Kent State University and is the longest standing dean at Kent State University. Since finishing high school, Stocker attended college either part or full time until 2007 when she completed a doctorate from the Kent State University College of Education.  

During her career as a registered nurse and educator, Stocker has served in a number of leadership capacities. She served as the President of the Ohio Nurses Association from 1997-2001 and was appointed to the Ashtabula County Medical Center Board of Trustees where she is currently the Chairperson. Also actively engaged in the community, Stocker is the only woman to have served as the President of the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County.

Acknowledged as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of nursing and nursing education,Stocker is the recipient of numerous honors: she was inducted into the Madison High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007, was honored as the Roger T. Beitler Distinguished Former Student award for the Ashtabula Campus of Kent State, received the President's Award from Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, and was the first faculty member on the Ashtabula campus to receive the prestigious Kent State University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2019 she was named to Crain's Cleveland Business's inaugural list of Notable Women in Education.


  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
  • MSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • BSN, Nursing, Villa Maria College
  • AAS, Nursing, Kent State University at Ashtabula
  • AAS, Medical Laboratory Technology, Trocaire College in Buffalo, NY