Flashes Together
Our Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State

Flashes continue to take care of one another, and we continue to create new successes — together. We continue to generate new knowledge and have earned the coveted R1 research designation, a distinction of excellence only reserved for elite research institutions. We have been named the best university in the United States for global education, and we have been recognized most recently as a most promising place to work in America for professionals in student affairs. We’ve also been named one of the top places to work in all of Ohio.

Kent State University President Todd Diacon

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To be an inclusive community whose collective commitment to learning sparks transformative thinking, meaningful voice and sustainable outcomes to better our world.


To transform lives by providing access and opportunity, fostering diverse and inclusive communities, and advancing the power of discovery, learning and creative expression.

Core Values

  • A distinctive blend of teaching, research and creative excellence.
  • Inquiry and discovery that expands knowledge and human understanding.
  • Life-changing educational experiences for students with wide-ranging talents and aspirations.
  • An inclusive environment for learning, working and living that creates a genuine sense of belonging.
  • Collaborative engagement that inspires positive change across campuses, in communities and throughout the world.
  • Diversity of identities, cultures, beliefs and thoughts.
  • Freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas.
  • Respect, kindness and purpose in all we do.