Kent State University, Our Strategic Roadmap

Kent State is poised to determine a distinctive future of impact, influence and innovation. To serve the communities around us, as well as reach our strategic vision for our university, developing a common narrative that will serve all constituents is critical. Our narrative will tell, in an authentic and compelling way, the story of who we are and what we stand for at Kent State. Throughout the year, we have worked to define our strategic vision. This process required each of us to reflect on our vision for Kent State, to describe our guiding core values and to share personal stories that help define a distinctively great Kent State. Here, we share the culmination of thousands of Kent State voices in our new vision statement (adopted on Sept. 9, 2015, by the Board of Trustees), mission, core values and priorities (adopted Dec. 8, 2015, by the Board of Trustees).

strategic vision
To be a community of change agents
whose collective commitment to learning
sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes
to better our society.
We transform lives and communities
through the power of discovery,
learning and creative expression
in an inclusive environment.
Core Values
We value
A distinctive blend of teaching, research and creative excellence
Teaching, research and creative excellence.
We value
Active inquiry and discovery that expand knowledge and human understanding
Inquiry and discovery
We value
Life-changing educational experiences for students with wide-ranging talents and aspirations
Talents and aspiration
We value
A living-learning environment that creates a genuine sense of place
Kayaks line the shore of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Kent.
We value
Engagement that inspires positive change
Positive change
We value
Diversity of culture, beliefs, identity and thought
Diversity of beliefs and cultures
We value
Freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas
Ideas and expression
We value
A collaborative community
A collaborative community
We value
Respect, kindness and purpose in all we do
Respect, kindness and purpose
A student walks through the Murin Gardens near the Kent State Library.
Priority One:
Students First

Provide an inclusive and engaged living-learning environment where all students thrive and graduate as informed citizens committed to a life of impact

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A view of Rockwell Hall as seen from the Lefton Esplanade.
Priority Two:
A Distinctive Kent State

Drive innovation, idea generation and national distinction through top-tier academic and research programs including the recruitment and support of talented faculty and staff

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Globally competitive
Priority Three:
Globally Competitive

Advance Kent State’s impact and reach as a leading international university

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Regional Impact
Priority Four:
Regional Impact

Serve as the innovative engine and engaged partner to meet community needs and enhance quality of life in the region and state

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Two students share a laugh during an event on the Student Green.
Priority Five:
Organizational Stewardship

Ensure a culture of continuous improvement and the efficient stewardship of university resources and infrastructure

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