Strategy 5 Stories: Engaging the World Beyond Our Campuses

5. Expand the methods, venues, and activities in which our students, faculty, and administration engage with the world beyond our campuses.

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 engaging the world beyond our campuses, please view our Academic Affairs Strategic Plan.

Faculty help Kent downtown economic development efforts

Acorn Alley II, located in downtown Kent, is a new shopping destination for NorthEast Ohio and is part of the downtown Kent revitalization.

CCI faculty members have brought their entrepreneurial skills to Acorn Alley II, a new hot spot for small business owners. Evan Bailey, operations manager of IdeaBase and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the co-owner of Tree City Coffee & Pastry. Along with his partners, Mike Beder and Brian Bower, they created a unique, high-quality coffee shop with the mission of featuring organic and direct trade products. 

University Libraries Digital Commons links faculty across the globe

Kent State University Main Library.

Kent State University Libraries launched the Digital Commons @ Kent State University Libraries. Digital Commons, located online at, is an open-access institutional repository highlighting research and scholarship at Kent State.

2013 OMIC Immersion Internship Program

A student practices landings at the Kent State University Airport.

The OMIC Immersion Internship Program is funded through the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops Grant (OMIC). The Grant is designed to support Northeast Ohio’s industrial economy while developing and utilizing college students’ knowledge and skills.

Students can work in a variety of capacities for companies that represent the following industries: