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IV. Engaging with the World Beyond Our Campuses


4.1 Incorporate global perspectives into all of our educational, research and service initiatives

  • Internationalize the curriculum among all Kent State campuses (Academic Affairs)
  • Support initiatives of international students and international student organizations (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Review diversifying the curriculum to infuse diversity throughout all disciplines (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Enhance the awareness and reputation of Kent State University with global stakeholders (University Relations).

4.2 Forge strategic partnerships that add significant value

  • Increase partnerships with communities, e.g., public service and industry in the areas of energy, sustainability, economics, and technology (Academic Affairs)
  • Expand collaborative research partnerships (Research and Sponsored Programs)
  • Support and create external domestic and global partnerships (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Leverage relationships with alumni donors and funders to advance Kent State University (Institutional Advancement)
  • Position Kent State University as a valued and admired partner (University Relations)
  • Promote system-wide workforce development (University Relations)
  • Leverage the WKSU platform (University Relations)
  • Participate in statewide and regional initiatives to leverage capacity and efficiency (All divisions).

4.3 Build and enhance the Kent State brand regionally, statewide, and nationally

  • Promote broad research collaborations (Research and Sponsored Programs)
  • Improve Kent State’s image and brand to prospective students (University Relations; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Through strategic marketing, build greater equity in the brand (University Relations)
  • Complete infrastructure improvements to sub-sites (Information Services).

4.4 Further develop and expand student and alumni relations

  • Continue to implement off-campus community service/engagement activities (Enrollment Management and Student Affairs)
  • Expand the program model for students and recent graduates (Institutional Advancement)
  • Expand regional alumni programming and enhanced communication initiatives (Institutional Advancement)
  • Continue focus on student Campaign for Change fundraising effort (Institutional Advancement)
  • Promote student identity as Kent State alumni from freshman to career (University Relations; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and Intercollegiate Athletics)
  • Implement enhancements to ensure accurate and timely information for the alumni directory (Information Services).

4.5 Increase the presence of international students and scholars at Kent State

  • Expand our population of international students (Academic Affairs)
  • Increase external funding for international students (Research and Sponsored Programs)
  • Integrate diversity initiative to be more inclusive of international students (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Improve online engagement of international students and alumni (University Relations).

4.6 Increase Kent State student participation in study abroad programs

  • Promote participation in study abroad programs (Academic Affairs)
  • Review process for students from underrepresented/underserved populations to increase access and opportunity (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Promote study abroad opportunities and experiences (University Relations).

4.7 Implement proactive federal and state government affairs initiatives

  • Coordinate and leverage earmark and targeted agency requests (Research and Sponsored Programs; Academic Affairs; University Relations)
  • Implement proactive government affairs initiatives (University Relations).