Strategy 3 Stories: Enhancing Academic Excellence and Innovation

3. Expand the number of profession-based degree or certificate programs and increase students’ opportunities to be engaged in model work experiences through them.

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.

Establish a University-Wide Cooperative Education Program

Two students work in one of the robotics labs in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.

Cooperative Education Programs allow students to augment their academic study with an approved semester of full-time, career-related employment while still remaining a full-time student. Kent State will pilot this program through the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (CAEST) in Fall 2014. Only students with a declared major in CAEST are able to participate in the pilot program and the co-op position must directly relate to student’s major or concentration.