Strategy 1 Stories: Enhancing Academic Excellence and Innovation

1. Ensure a robust culture of instruction that fosters critical thinking.

The narratives below define and bring clarity to what each of the University Strategic Goals means to Academic Affairs. The narratives express our values and beliefs, and create a context to guide implementation efforts. To learn more about the specific strategies and tactics involved in achieving the enhancement of academic excellence and innovation, please view our Academic Affairs Strategic Plan.

GA orientation provides solid foundation for future professors

International graduate students share a meal and conversation during an evening get together in the lobby at Cartwright Hall.

The Division of Graduate Studies hosts an orientation program designed to supplement department or program-level orientations. Kent State University's Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is held prior to the start of fall and spring semesters and all new graduate students are encouraged to attend. GSO provides an opportunity to meet and network with other new graduate students, along with representatives of KSU's faculty, staff, and administration to learn about university and community resources. 

Re-visioning process for the FPDC addresses professional development holistically

Michael Ellis, an associate professor of economics at Kent State University teaches a class in the College of Business.

In June 2013, Provost Todd Diacon requested that, through the proper shared governance processes, appropriate faculty members and administrators examine the current direction of the Faculty Professional Development Center and consider clarifying its mission and focus. The Faculty Professional Development Re-design Steering Committee was formed to meet this purpose. Committee members, nominated by Deans, Chairs and Directors, Faculty Senate, and AAUP, considered all elements of the center including name, focus, location, staffing, and consulted with faculty colleagues throughout the process.

Provost offers grants program assessment

Students study together in the commons of the Kent State Geauga campus.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of the Provost offered funding through two new initiatives to support departmental and academic program assessment. The program-level assessment grant funded proposals up to $5,000, and mini-grants were funded up to $500.