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Kent State is launching a new program to support area teens who have been placed in foster care as a result of the opioid crisis. A teen who ages out of the foster care system is eight times more likely to become homeless than to earn a bachelor’s degree. Think about that. In fact, it is rare to attend a college commencement and find many graduates who spent time in foster care as only 3% who age out of the foster care system will go on to earn a degree. Increasing the...

LeBron James Family Foundation I PROMISE students take part in an awards dinner marking the end of their four-week Kent State camp for intensive college entrance exam preparation. In partnership with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation, Kent State University hosted several dozen high school students on campus for a month of intensive preparation for college entrance exams. This is the second year that Kent State has helped to prepare the students, who are part of the James Foundation’s I PROMISE...

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., will serve as Kent State University’s interim senior vice president and provost, effective July 1. Kent State University President-elect Todd Diacon today announced the appointment of Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., to the role of interim senior vice president and provost, effective July 1. Dr. Tankersley fills the role most recently held by Dr. Diacon, who was selected in April by the Board of Trustees to become...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State, speaks during the construction launch event for the Design Innovation Hub. Kent State University celebrated the launch of a dynamic new space, the Design Innovation (DI) Hub, which will bring innovations from many disciplines together in a 68,000-square-foot building near the center of the Kent Campus. The construction launch, which marks the beginning of a major renovation of the former Art Building, was celebrated April...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of the Design Innovation Initiative at Kent State, speaks during the construction launch event for the Design Innovation Hub. WHAT: The Kent State University community will gather April 23 to celebrate the construction launch of the Design Innovation Hub, a dynamic, new space designed to spark creativity and collaboration. The Design Innovation Hub is an open-access, collaborative, co-working, idea-generating and innovative environment connecting students, faculty and the...

Kent State University has selected Kenneth Burhanna to serve as the new dean of University Libraries. As dean, Mr. Burhanna will oversee the Kent State University Library (pictured) and the branch libraries on the Kent Campus. Following a national search, Kent State University has named alumnus Kenneth Burhanna as the new dean of University Libraries, effective March 1, 2019. University Libraries supports the study and research needs of Kent State students, faculty, staff, alumni and local communities across the university system. Mr. Burhanna has served as interim dean...

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren and Eastern Gateway Community College President Jimmie Bruce pose for a picture after signing an agreement to form a strategic partnership. Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) have formed a strategic partnership that will create new access to courses and degrees for thousands of students living and learning on Ohio’s eastern border.   Leaders from both institutions met Oct. 10 at Eastern Gateway’s Steubenville Campus to sign the agreement and...

Kent State welcomes the largest freshman class in university history. From snow-capped mountains in Alaska to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the South Korean countryside and palatial modern architecture in Oman, a diverse collage of students from around the country and the world has descended on campus. Together, they make up Kent State University’s robust student body, comprising more than 38,000 students from...

Kent State University students fill Risman Plaza in front of the Kent Student Center at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Once again, Kent State ranks in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report. In a class by itself, Kent State University is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report. Each year, students and their parents rely on the magazine’s annual Best Colleges rankings to help narrow their college choices and to validate...

Kent State leaders meet with students at Akron They arrived one by one to applause, cheers and a marching band.   Not the typical welcome to a student’s first day of high school, but these freshmen were not just showing up for classes. They were entering their first day in their school’s new College and Career Academies program.     In all, more than 200 freshmen at Akron’s Firestone...