Our Record of Innovation
Twelve national awards, three internationally certified programs, and more than $7.5 million in grant funding in the last 6 years.
Campus Race to Zero Waste (2021)
Campus Kitchen in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability has won the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste case study competition in the “Summary of Waste Reduction Efforts” category.
Read more about the award and recipients here
NASPA Region IV-East Innovation Program Award (2021)
Exploratory Program has been selected as the recipient of the NASPA Region IV-East Innovative Program Award, specifically, the Major Action Plan (MAP): Start to Finish program.
Read more about the Innovation Program Award here
Tom Vandermeulen Award (2021)
Transfer Kent State receives the Tom Vandermeulen Award for contributions that have enhanced relationships among people of diverse cultures, ethic groups, first generation students, and students with special needs.
NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award (2021)
Exploratory Program receives the NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award for the Exploration Plan - Major Action Plan (MAP).Read more about the Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award here
KSU named First-gen Forward Institution (2021)
by the Center for First-generation Student SuccessRead more about the First-Gen Forward declaration here
NASPA: The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2021)
Exploratory Program receives NASPA Excellence Award Bronze Certificate Winner for the Academic Advising, Careers, Graduate Professional Category for the Exploration Plan- Major Action Plan.Read more about the NASPA Excellence Award here
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (2021)
Exploratory Program - Recipient of the NACADA Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award for the Major Action Plan (MAP): Start to Finish program.Read more about the Innovation in Academic Advising Award here
Degree Completion Finalist (2020)
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) selected Kent State University as one of four finalists for the association’s Degree Completion Award (2020).Read more about the Degree Completion Finalist Selection here
Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award (2018)
Academic Diversity Outreach's Summer Advantage program - presented with the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition awardRead more about the Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award here
Outstanding Advising Program Award - NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising (2017)
Degree Completion receives the NACADA Annual Awards for Academic Advising, which honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.
Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award (2016)
The Academic Success Center receives award presented to Centers who demonstrate success as an interactive academic space for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom. The award focuses on the use of technology and if it can be used as a model for other institutions.Read more about the Outstanding Learning Center Award here
Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award (2015)
Exploratory Program presented with the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition award.Read more about the Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award here.
Model of Excellence,
from University Business Magazine (2015)
Thanks to our Exploratory Program, Kent State was one of 17 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized for innovative approaches to encouraging and nurturing student success on campus.
International Center for Supplemental Instruction – Certified SI Program (2017)
The Academic Success Center in University College is one of only 41 centers across the country that have received this certification!Read more about the Supplemental Instruction certification here.
Certified International Tutor Training Program (2017)
Our Academic Success Center's Tutoring Program is internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning AssociationRead more about the Certified International Tutor Training Program here.
Certified International Peer Educator Training Program Certification (IPTPC) - Level II (2017)
Our Exploratory Learning Community Mentor program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)Read more about the Certified International Peer Educator Training Program here.
Student Support Services and McNair Scholars (2015-2020)
Within the past 6 years, our McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services have received more than $6.5 million in competitive, federally-funded grants to help students achieve academic excellence.
KeyBank Foundation Student Success Grant (2017)
KeyBank Foundation has granted $1 million to Kent State University to support programs to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.Read more about the KeyBank Foundation Student Success Grant here.