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The Geauga Campus is centrally located on eighty-seven acres of land in the approximate geographic center of Geauga County. Founded in 1964 and located in Burton, Ohio, it is thirty miles east of Cleveland, twenty-five miles north of Warren and about forty miles northeast of Kent.
Geauga County is predominately rural with a growing population and a changing economic base. The last few decades have seen significant in-migration of middle-aged professional families from Cuyahoga County. Most of the county’s population now resides in the more affluent western portion of the county; the eastern portion remains predominately agricultural and somewhat less prosperous.
Serving over seven hundred students, the campus is the only institution of higher education in the second wealthiest county in Ohio. Both traditional and non-traditional students can pursue Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s level coursework during hours conveniently scheduled to accommodate their work and family related needs. Courses are provided in a 33,500 square foot facility that is currently undergoing a complete renovation scheduled for final upgrades in summer 2007.
In 1990 the Geauga Campus began offering classes in the City of Twinsburg in conjunction with Chrysler Corporation employees. Currently there are three-hundred students enrolled at Twinsburg with the number of new admits increasing annually. Classes are held in the “Old School” at the intersection of SR 91 and SR 82. The facility was originally an elementary school that has been leased to Kent State Geauga for purposes of providing higher education to the citizens of Twinsburg and surrounding cities. There are over one million people within a thirty minute drive of the Twinsburg Center which affords a high-growth site for years to come.
Geauga and Twinsburg are financed through a single operating budget with staff and faculty frequently working at both locations. The two campuses are structured and operated with a focus on student success. Advising and tutoring are provided to assure all students have access to support services as needed. Since all students are non-residential at each site, facilities are designed to accommodate a commuter orientation. Over fifty percent of the one thousand students enrolled at Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Center work full-time and take twelve or more hours of coursework, so it is critical to support their unique scheduling demands.
As enrollment grows at the combined locations the opportunity to increase offerings is expanded proportionately. New two and four year degrees associated with the medical field will be a primary emphasis. Program growth and increased enrollment will create significant opportunities to achieve greater visibility through partnership building in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Summit counties for the future.
Provide an inclusive and engaged living-learning environment where all students thrive and graduate as informed citizens committed to a life of impact
Our top priority is to ensure that students have the education, experiences and support they need to graduate and to live successful, satisfying lives in their work and in their commitment to become engaged citizens. Attention to academic quality and student success is a cornerstone of a students-first environment. This focus begins with the strategic recruitment of talented and diverse students and continues with the commitment to support students as they learn to thrive in an academically challenging environment.
Drive innovation, idea generation and national distinction through top-tier academic and research programs including the recruitment and support of talented faculty and staff
Kent State University’s wealth of intellectual, physical and cultural resources makes it a whole that has a far greater impact than the sum of its parts. As a large eight-campus system with more than 41,000 students and offering more than 280 degrees from the associate to doctoral levels, Kent State is distinctively poised to serve as an exemplar of a re-imagined American research university – one that produces cutting-edge knowledge and new ideas while offering access to a high-quality education. The 2015-16 academic year was a landmark year for the launch of a new vision and brand to better define the distinctive contributions of Kent State as a national public research university.
Advance Kent State’s impact and reach as a leading international university
As Kent State defines its distinctiveness as a national public research university, it is imperative that we position the university for success in an increasingly global environment. Efforts to enhance the university’s global competitiveness focus on continuing a trajectory of increasing the enrollment of international students and providing a high-quality global education for all of our students.
Serve as the innovative engine and engaged partner to meet community needs and enhance quality of life in the region and state
As one of Ohio’s largest public universities, Kent State must engage its worldwide assets and relationships to contribute in significant ways to the growth and prosperity of the City of Kent, Northeast Ohio and the State. Actions and strategies pursued in this priority aim to enhance the level and volume of engagement with legislators and regional leaders and to better assess and communicate the story of the university’s contributions locally, regionally and beyond.
Ensure a culture of continuous improvement and the efficient stewardship of university resources and infrastructure
To ensure financial stability and sustainability and to manage college costs, Kent State is evaluating and implementing strategies that increase operational efficiencies, grow fundraising success, enhance academic progress-related services for students and expand the university’s position as a destination for the next generation of academically motivated students.