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Message from Chair Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D., senior associate provost and dean, Graduate Studies

The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of our strategic visioning process, The Golden Road to Student Success. Kent State’s values and priorities and the university’s primary objective, to keep students first in all we do, will guide this effort. This process provides an opportunity for the university community to ensure that our academic strategies align with the changing landscape of higher education as well as with the interests and needs of students in the next decade.  

As visioning is an ongoing exercise, we see The Golden Road to Student Success as a continuous plan that is meaningful and intentional, and does not live solely on paper. The process – and implementation – will be interactive and inclusive over a period of several years. In addition to identifying strategies and tactics for the coming years, the process will also reenvision how we implement our strategies – and conduct assessment – from academic units to academic colleges and at the university level.  

I would like to share my gratitude to all 127 students, faculty and staff who have volunteered to help navigate this journey and support our university in this effort. These volunteers have come together to understand what we learned and accomplished through the previous strategic plan and to engage in strategic visioning and listening, which will result in meaningful goals with strategies and tactics that further enhance the academic experience for all Golden Flashes.  

Throughout this planning process, we will invite the Kent State community to attend open forums and offer feedback in a variety of ways. This process will start in the coming month, and I encourage you to engage in this collaborative initiative and submit your feedback. Your voice is critical in developing our strategies and tactics and we look forward to your engagement and input. 

Academic Affairs Strategic Planning Group

Your Colleagues Serve as Representatives

In May 2021, a working group comprised of administrators and faculty co-chairs across the university campus system was developed to lead the efforts of eight priority areas for the Academic Affairs strategic planning process. Each subcommittee has 10-12 members representative of faculty and staff, as well as undergraduate and graduate students who work collectively to move the work of their priority area forward. 

Leadership Team

  • Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, and Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Douglas Delahanty, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Jennifer Hebebrand, Project Director, Academic Affairs
  • Mark Lyberger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sport Administration
  • Eboni Pringle, Ph.D., Dean, University College
  • Clare Stacey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Molly Wang, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry, and Provost's Fellow

Subject Matter Experts - Committee Contributors

  • Angelique Daniels, Director, Marketing Strategy and Research, University Communications and Marketing
  • Susan Perry, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Accreditation, Assessment and Learning
  • James Raber, Ph.D., Executive Director, Information Technology
  • Linnea Stafford, Senior Institutional Research Information Officer

Subcommittees and Co-Chairs

Community Engagement

  • Dana Lawless-Andric, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, University Outreach and Engagement
  • Amanda Woodyard, Director, Community Engaged Learning

Developing and Recognizing Our People

  • Joycelyn Harrison, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Aeronautics and Engineering
  • Michael Lehman, Ph.D., Director, Brain Health Research Institute

Enhancing the World Beyond Our Campus

  • J.R. Campbell, Executive Director, Design Innovation Initiative
  • Pamela Grimm, Ph.D., Professor, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and Faculty Chair

Ensuring Student Success

  • Jennifer McDonough, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management Operations and Administration
  • Eboni Pringle, Ph.D., Dean, University College
  • Chris Was, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychological Services

Expanding Breakthrough Research and Creative Endeavors

  • Douglas Delahanty, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Tony Jakli, Ph.D., Professor, Liquid Crystal Institute
  • Louise Valentine, Ph.D., Director, School of Fashion

Lifelong Learning

  • Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D., Vice President for Regional Campuses and Dean, College of Applied & Technical Studies
  • Lana Whitehead, Interim Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Admissions

Securing Our Financial Future

  • Frank Sansosti, Ph.D., Interim Director and Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
  • Angela Spalsbury, Ph.D., Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Kent State Geauga

Student Ambassadors

  • Nashay Jackson, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Noor Agustina, Graduate Student Ambassador
  • Deanna Baccus, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Meredith Blair, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Natalia Cruz, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Sorochi Ewelike, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Matthew Francesconi, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Tessa Gabriel, Undergraduate Student Ambassador
  • Erin Jones, Graduate Student Ambassador
  • Emmanuel Nsiah, Graduate Student Ambassador
  • Shuo (Luna) Yang, Graduate Student Ambassador
Committee Timeline and Responsibilities

Phase I (August/September 2021)

  • Discuss strategies and metrics from previous strategic plan in committees.

Phase II (October/November 2021)

  • Identify additional data needed to guide strategies.

Phase III (December 2021/January 2022)

  • Discuss previous strategies and tactics and prepare initial evaluation.

Phase IV (February/March 2022)

  • Gather additional data and reevaluate existing data requests.
  • Outreach to Kent State community.

Phase V (April/May 2022)

  • Evaluate data.
  • Review and draft tactics and develop initial timeline and goals.

Phase VI (Summer 2022)

  • Review tactics and draft strategic plan in context of university priorities.

Phase VII (Fall 2022)

  • Finalize tactics and strategic plan.
  • Share initial tactics and draft strategic plan with leadership and stakeholders.

Phase VIII (Spring 2023)

  • Launch strategic plan.
  • Engage with academic units in initial conversations about developing strategic plan consistent with university-level initiatives.