Instruction | Kent State University

Instruction

  1. Academic Calendar

    1. Summary

      The Academic Calendar is Kent State University's official schedule for class beginning and end dates, commencement, spring break, and holidays for fall, spring and summer semesters.

  2. Scheduling of Classes

    1. Summary

      Schedules are established at the unit level and sent to the Academic Scheduling Center located within the Office of the Registrar.  Courses are scheduled to permit access to available offerings by the greatest number of students, and to allow the most suitable instructional arrangement to meet the needs of the faculty and courses offerings within the existing facilities.

      In most cases the Academic Unit Administrator will retain responsibility for course scheduling in the Academic Unit.

    2. University Practices

      1. Summary

        Kent State follows a semester academic year. In addition, Intersession classes may be offered at the end of fall and spring semesters.  Summer courses are offered during one of three segments: summer I and III, which run 5 weeks, and summer II, which runs 8 weeks.

    3. Unit Handbooks

      Unit Handbooks regarding scheduling classes will be available here.

  3. Registration

    1. Summary

      On the website of the Office of the University Registrar you will find important dates about registration and links to the schedule of classes, majors and degrees, and distance learning.

      On this site, you will find answers to commonly asked questions about registration and links to Advising Services, Course Scheduling, Enrollment Certification, Final Exam Schedules, How to Register Using FlashFAST, Petition for Exception to Registration Form, Time to Register Dates and Entry Schedules by Term, and Registration Processes and Options, Transcript requests, Credit by Exam, Ohio Residency Status, other forms and additional dates and deadlines. 

      Only students who have been formally admitted to Kent State University may register for coursework and pay the appropriate fees.

  4. Classroom Management

    1. Syllabus

      Course Syllabus Guidelines may be provided by the Provost, College, and/or Unit. Kent State does not have a standardized template for syllabi.  For questions about what to include in a syllabus, consult with your unit or campus administrator and colleagues.

    2. Attendance

      1. Summary

        Classes are conducted on the premise that regular attendance is expected. The individual instructor has both the responsibility and the prerogative for managing student attendance. If students anticipate an absence, they should consult with the instructor individually. In the event the absence was due to illness or injury, verification from the medical professional treating the illness or injury should be presented to the instructor.

    3. Grading

      Student proficiency in coursework is recorded by letter grades. The University Registrar Policies and Procedures site includes information on midterm/final semester grades and Pass-Fail grade options. 

    4. Classroom Support (Information Technology)

      1. Summary

        Teaching, research and public service are greatly enhanced through the use of computing systems and software, access to the World Wide Web, and other technology resources. Authorized users of campus computing and network resources shall be faculty, staff, students and other affiliated individuals or organizations authorized by the vice president for information services.

      2. Early Alert Referral System

        1. Summary

          Faculty and staff may be in positions where they are able to identify students who are in crisis or who are recovering from a physical or mental trauma. Information from the Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services may provide members of the University community with guidance in recognizing and helping a student in distress, as well as provide referrals and support.

      3. Blackboard Learn

        1. Summary

          The University has adopted a classroom management system known as Blackboard Learn (Learn). Learn facilitates teaching and learning by integrating all aspects of classroom activities. All courses can be completely or partially managed through this platform. Access to Learn as well as information and tutorials about Learn are available.

      4. Library Programs

        1. Summary

          University Libraries support the overall mission of the University by assisting faculty, staff, students, and the community with resource identification and acquisition. Thus, University Libraries help facilitate scholarly and leisurely research, teaching and service activities.

    5. Access to Student Records

      1. Summary

        The University has the responsibility to protect student information as it pertains to educational records. Educational records are defined as those records, files, documents, and other materials (for example, official academic records, advisement records, student conduct records, health records, and placement bureau records) which contain information directly related to the student and are maintained by a college, school, department, office or other University organizational subdivision, or by a person acting for the University or any of its subdivisions.

    6. Students with Disabilities

      1. Summary

        The University shall make reasonable accommodations in its academic requirements to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate on the basis of disability against a qualified individual with a disability, whether applicant or student. To this end, specific accommodations can be made for students appropriately evaluated by Student Accessibility Services or other certified or licensed provider.

  5. Advising

    1. Summary

      Academic Advising at Kent State University supports the teaching and learning mission of the University by helping students understand the value of achieving their educational goals. Advising is an on-going partnership among students, advisors, and the University community. The University has an advising program to assist students in achieving timely progress toward degree; demonstrate an understanding of University and program requirements; and identify and utilize appropriate resources in achieving academic, personal, and career goals.

    2. Graduation Planning System

      1. Summary

        The Graduation Planning System, or GPS, tracks student progress to graduation. GPS includes all requirements for earning a degree in the declared program. It also includes a student's individualized plan of study, which is created in consultation between the student and an advisor and which outlines semester by semester, what the student must complete to graduate.

  6. Curricular Processes

    Faculty in departments and schools have a primary role in the curriculum development process and are responsible for the delivery and maintenance of their curriculum and instructional programs. Departments and schools are charged to develop and maintain current instructional programs and course syllabi, as well as to promote changes, approve internal modifications, and establish and utilize procedures for reviewing and evaluating existing and new courses, programs and policies.

    1. Curriculum Approval Process

      1. Summary

        All curricular approval processes start at the academic unit level by a faculty member submitting a basic data sheet (BDS) that contains the subject matter of the intended process (a course/program revision, approval, or inactivation). The proposal is reviewed and approved by the following faculty committees as appropriate:

        Program Curricular Group
        Regional Campuses Faculty Councils
        Departmental/School Curriculum Committee
        College Curriculum Committee (CCC)
        Educational Policies Council (EPC)
        Faculty Senate

      2. Educational Policies Council

        The Educational Policies Council is concerned with conceptual and structural aspects of long-range academic and curricular planning. The Council consists of two bodies, one responsible for undergraduate education called the Undergraduate Council and the other responsible for graduate education called the Graduate Council.

    2. Catalog

      The Kent State University Catalog is the official document of record for undergraduate and graduate programs, courses, academic policies and special programs. Courses listed in the Catalog include a description of the course along with the number of credit hours and pre- or co-requisites.  The University Catalog is an online-only publication available as an Academic Resource.

  7. Academic Quality Improvement Process - AQIP

    1. Summary

      The Academic Quality Improvement Process is used to improve academic programs through ongoing self-assessment as provided by the AQIP process. Departmental review fosters a strong and positive sense of each unit's identity and contributions to the educational mission of Kent State University. Every four years, Kent State University's Academic Quality Improvement Program undergoes a Systems Appraisal to reaffirm its accreditation.  The Systems Appraisal is an opportunity to get expert, objective, and third party feedback on the University's strengths and opportunities for improvement.