Strategy 2 Stories: Enhancing Academic Excellence and Innovation

2. Restructure course content and delivery methods to meet the needs of 21st century students, including self-directed learning, alternative pathways to degree completion, community building, and relationship building.

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.

Degree Completion Office Launched

Students walk toward the science corridor in front of the new Student Green.

The University Degree Completion Office helps students who have stopped out, complete their bachelor’s degree in a convenient and flexible manner. Eligible students must have: 

Innovative Teaching launches student’s career

Exterior of the College of Business Administration on the Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio.

Brock Bernholtz, Kent State University junior entrepreneurship major, is the CEO and founder of InCheck Services LLC, a drop-off tracking application that allows customers to stay in touch with items that are dropped off for repairs, changes and more.  Bernholtz said that his success would not have been possible without the Entrepreneurial Experience class through Kent State’s Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. In the course, students are required to create and develop their own company with the help of professors and professionals that devote time to guide the students through the process. Bernholtz credits his professors, Denise Easterling and Craig Zamary, for helping him reach success.

Mentorship Program helps students connect to faculty and other students

Two students study in the College of Business.

The Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s mentorship program is a unique opportunity for learning community students to connect with experienced business professionals. Students are paired with a professional mentor who works in a field related to the student's interests.