Discovery & Research

Members of the Strategic Visioning Advisory Committee and the working committee gathered existing information from recent key initiatives and historic information from each campus, division and unit. For example, we used transcripts from the Listening Tour; Institutional Research demographic data about our students, faculty and staff; the findings from the One University Commission committee; the written and video histories of May 4, 1970; information about alumni, donors and industry partners; lists of research grants and projects; scholarship opportunities; and myriad lists of achievements, degrees, events and organizations that make up Kent State. Our 160over90 partners reviewed each piece of evidence and coded themes that arose and documented stories that reinforced the evidence.

Concurrently, each division responded to a 53-item Discovery Questionnaire. The questionnaire included questions related to mission/philosophy, goals, student experience, student and alumni qualities, environment, academic programs, athletics, traditions, successes, challenges and marketing, for example.

Members of the Strategic Visioning Advisory Committee also engaged departments and units, such as Operations and Finance, College of Public Health, Deans, Advancement, Student Services, Chairs and Directors of Arts and Sciences, in thinking about the process of developing a strategic vision for Kent State. The Strategic Visioning Advisory Committee facilitators discussed the importance of a vision statement providing both guidance and inspiration to everyone who works, lives and learns at Kent State and why a meaningful vision statement should be aspirational and gathered suggestions for the vision from attendees. Altogether, over 300 individuals participated in these discussions.

The results of our Discovery and Research phase provided tone words, themes and stories that began to shape our understanding of our strengths, opportunities and aspirations. The word cloud represents an aggregation of all of the input from the discovery research, with the size of the words corresponding with the frequency of the response.