Regional College

ACADEMIC ADVISING OFFICES:
See campus listings below for each office contact information.

The Regional College comprises a network of seven distinct campuses within Kent State University. Three of them—the Ashtabula, East Liverpool and Salem campuses—are named for the cities in which they are located. The remaining four—the Geauga, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses—are named for their counties and are located near the cities of Burton, Canton, Warren and New Philadelphia, respectively.

As part of the Kent State University system, all of the Regional Campuses are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission and are members of the North Central Association. Some associate degree programs also have earned specialized accreditation (see specific programs for their accrediting body).

MISSION

The mission of the Regional College is to make the resources of the 27th largest university in the country accessible to the citizens of Northeast Ohio. The Regional College is also charged with the task of delivering a wide variety of area-specific technical education and training to the communities it serves. Finally, delivering programs and services that enhance business and employment opportunities in a time of economic transition is an integral part of the mission of the Regional College. It carries out this mission through the efforts of a faculty committed to the highest standards in the scholarships of discovery, integration, application, teaching and university citizenship. Faculty members actively pursue a variety of creative endeavors, regularly contribute to the scholarship in their disciplines, take pride in their continuing pedagogical successes, and are recognized by the wider University community with teaching and professional development awards. Regional campus faculty are visible citizens in the communities they serve, as well as at every level of university governance.

The Regional Campuses have an open enrollment policy and an expanding post-secondary enrollment option program. Many are “nontraditional” students: people returning to the classroom after having begun or raised a family; manufacturing and business workers in need of retraining in the face of economic change; bright, motivated young students earning college credit while still in high school; and for the “traditional” student, the Regional Campuses offer the first and second years of coursework leading to the bachelor’s degree in numerous programs.

THE REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Each of the Regional Campuses—Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas—is an integral part of the community it serves, whether through the promotion of fine arts and humanities, the extensive offering of continuing education courses and programs, the enhancement of primary and secondary education, the development of carefully crafted associate degree programs, the offering of selected upper-division and graduate coursework, a wide variety of partnerships with business and industry, the leadership in the development of distance learning technology, or as a first step—close to home—toward the goal of a four-year baccalaureate at Kent State University. The Regional College is itself an integral part of Kent State, advancing the mission of the university by delivering its programs and services throughout Northeast Ohio.

Kent State University at Ashtabula
3300 Lake Road West
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Tel: 440-964-3322; Fax: 440-964-4269
Web: www.ashtabula.kent.edu

The northern-most campus of Kent State University's eight-campus system is centrally located between Cleveland, Erie and Youngstown. The Ashtabula Campus is situated on an 80-acre site along State Route 531 overlooking Lake Erie. The campus comprises four buildings: Main Hall, Library, Technology Building and the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building, which provides state-of-the-art learning environments and includes a cadaver lab, x-ray lab, human patient simulator and a living lab with a full-size apartment. Campus facilities include modern classrooms, wireless Internet access, computer labs, conference space, electronic classrooms, academic support services, auditorium and gymnasium. Additionally, the campus has a corporate training center at the Lodge & Conference Center at Geneva State Park offering customized training and workforce development to meet the needs of local business and industry. The campus offers coursework for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on Ashtabula Campus program offerings.

Kent State University at East Liverpool
400 E. 4th Street
East Liverpool, OH 43920
Tel: 330-382-7400; Fax: 330-382-7562
Web: www.eliv.kent.edu

East Liverpool is an urban campus that overlooks the Ohio River and serves students from Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson and Mahoning counties in Ohio, and from the neighboring states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The University District links Kent State students with some of East Liverpool's renowed institutions, including the Pottery Museum, Carnegie Public Library and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. East Liverpool is the homeotwn of Kent State alumnus and nationally recognized college football coach Lou Holtz. Excellent resources, wireless access, small class size and a comprehensive developmental education curriculum are in place to help every student succeed. The campus offers coursework for associate and bachelor's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on East Liverpool Campus program offerings.

Kent State University at Geauga
14111 Claridon-Troy Road
Burton Township, OH 44021
Tel: 440-834-4187; Fax: 440-834-8846
Web: www.geauga.kent.edu

The Geauga Campus is located in the heart of Ohio's maple syrup county, one mile north of state Routes 87 and 700 and easily accessible from Cleveland and the eastern suburbs. The campus offers coursework for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on Geagua Campus program offerings. The campus also offers select programs and coruses at its Twinsburg Center (8990 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087 [The “Old School House” Building], Tel: 330-487-0574).

Kent State University at Salem
2491 State Route 45 South
Salem, OH 44460
Tel: 330-332-0361; Fax: 330-332-9256
E-mail: ask-us@salem.kent.edu
Web: www.salem.kent.edu

The Salem Campus offers the first two years of study in most Kent State University baccalaureate programs, as well as selected upper-division and graduate courses. Located on a 99-acre site just two miles south of the city of Kent, the campus features a lake and an arboretum—a 25-acre mixed hardwood forest—used by students for studies and recreation. A nature trail winds through the campus, attracting both bird watchers and runners. Students may use the outdoor tennis courts and the student activities center. In addition to offering a variety of cultural, social and student activities, the campus offers an honors program, continuing studies, Kent Core (general education) courses, academic support services and developmental education. The campus offers coursework for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on Salem Campus program offerings.

Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue N.W.
North Canton, OH 44720
Tel: 330-535-3377 (Akron) or 330-499-9600 (Canton); Fax:: 330-494-6121
Web: www.stark.kent.edu

Located on a 200-acre site in Jackson Township, just south of the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, Stark Campus is the largest of Kent State’s Regional Campuses and Stark County's only public university. Campus relationships with numerous community, cultural and business organizations bring a wide range of programs and services to the area. The campus' University Center is one of Ohio's most technologically advanced meeting and events facilities and is among the few in the state to receive the stringent accreditation of the International Association of Conference Centers. Along with a variety of cultural, social and student activities, small class size and more than 100 full-time faculty, the campus offers corporate and community services, management and small business development expertise, developmental education and academic support services. The campus offers coursework for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on Stark Campus program offerings.

Kent State University at Trumbull
4314 Mahoning Avenue N.W.
Warren, OH 44483
Tel: 330-847-0571; Fax: 330-847-6172
Web: www.trumbull.kent.edu

The Trumbull Campus is located just north of the Route 5 bypass on State Route 45 and boasts one of the best Police Academy and Criminal Justice Institutes in Ohio. Trumbull Campus students have more than 170 major career fields to explore. The campus also offers developmental education courses, a varied continuing studies program and a strong liberal arts core. Campus facilities include a theater, tennis courts and a one-mile fitness trail. The campus offers a variety of social and cultural activities for area residents and a wide variety of student activities, academic support services and programs for business and industry. The Trumbull Campus offers coursework for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs. Please see the GPS website for more information on Trumbull Campus program offerings.

Kent State University at Tuscarawas
330 University Drive N.E.
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Tel: 330-339-3391; Fax: 330-339-3321
Web: www.tusc.kent.edu

Located on 170 acres in New Philadelphia, the Tuscarawas Campus boasts a vibrant and friendly atmosphere with an enrollment of 2400 students served through credit programming and another 3700 individuals served through non-credit courses offered by the Office of Business and Community Services. The campus offers coursework for associate, and bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees and certificate programs. A few of the largest majors include nursing; business; computer design, animation and game design; and veterinary technology, which is one of only seven AVMA accredited programs in Ohio. Students can participate in numerous activities, cultural events, organizations and clubs to enhance their educational experience. Academic support and enrichment are available through academic advising, free tutoring services, state-of-the-art technology labs and a challenging Honors Program. Campus facilities include Founders Hall, a high-tech Science and Advanced Technology Center, and a Performing Arts Center scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. Please see the GPS website for more information on Tuscarawas Campus program offerings.

STUDENT SERVICES AND FINANCIAL AID

Each Regional Campus provides a number of student services. One of the most important services is providing information about financial aid and scholarships. For students who qualify, a number of financial aid opportunities are available, including the Federal Perkins Loan, the Ohio Instructional Grant Program, the Federal Pell Grant Program and other special aid programs. Financial help may also be available through the Federal College Work-Study Program or through other part-time job opportunities. Local employers often seek part-time help through Regional Campus offices. While each campus has scholarship funds available, the amount and number of scholarships and the requirements for them vary considerably. All of the campuses have funds available for short-term loans. Because of the variety in number and character of these programs, it is suggested that interested students contact the financial aid advisor of the campus they wish to attend.

Other student services at the Regional Campuses include pre-admission counseling, academic advising, child care and career counseling. An important feature of the Regional College is a commitment to help students become successful. Many students enter directly from high school, while others combine full-time jobs and families with classwork. Success in college depends largely upon skills in reading, studying, mathematics and composition.

Basic Skills Assessment: Free testing is required of all students to assess learning skills. This information is used by students and advisors to determine the best course placement for academic success. If testing shows the need for additional preparation in reading, studying, mathematics or composition, support courses are available to meet these needs and will be required.

Support Services: These services include peer tutors, who are available for certain courses, and special assistance in writing, reading and mathematics. Also available are skill development centers, learning centers and workshops in writing.

Advising: Regional Campuses consider advising to be an essential component in student success. Professional staff provide general advising, while faculty have primary responsibility for major advising.

Cost: Because the university is state-supported, fees are adjusted to provide quality education at the lowest possible cost. One important advantage to students attending a Regional Campus is that they can live at home, thus saving room and board expenses.

Student Accessibility Services: The Regional College is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities. Each campus has a student disability coordinator who works with students to identify appropriate academic accommodations and support services to foster success at the university. Services for students with disabilities are determined by appropriate educational, medical and/or psychological documentation provided by the student. After documentation is reviewed and the disability is verified, students receive a letter of accommodations to present to instructors, and instructors then will know how best to work with students to meet their individual needs. If students are requesting accommodations, it is suggested that they contact the student disability coordinator on the campus they plan to attend at least two months prior to enrollment so that accommodations can be in place at the beginning of the semester. Contact the student disability coordinator for more information.

THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Associate degrees are awarded for the successful completion of 61 or more semester hours of coursework. They are designed to fulfill two major purposes: to permit students to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a baccalaureate program; or to prepare them for immediate employment in a technology field. While associate degrees are awarded after the successful completion of at least 61 semester hours, it should be noted that most programs actually require additional hours to complete. Students who are studying part time should expect to take more than two years to complete their programs.

The Associate of Arts is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 61 semester hours toward the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Business Administration, the Bachelor of General Studies or the Bachelor of Music degrees. The degree can become the foundation for baccalaureate programs. Students in the degree must fulfill the 36-hour Kent Core.

The Associate of Science is awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 61 semester hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree. The degree can become the foundation for baccalaureate programs. Students in the degree must fulfill the 36-hour Kent Core.

The Associate of Applied Business is awarded to students who successfully complete prescribed coursework in any of the following business technology programs: accounting technology, business management technology, computer technology or information technology for administrative professionals. Students in the degree are expected to choose their general studies courses from the  Kent Core. All exceptions must be approved by the students’ academic advisor. The availability of specific Kent Core courses varies by campus. Many credits earned in a technical associate degree program are also applicable to bachelor's degrees both at Kent State and at other colleges and universities. Which credits apply depend upon the associate degree earned and the bachelor's degree toward which students wish to work. Working closely with an advisor is strongly suggested as students explore options for majors and plan their schedules.

The Associate of Applied Science is awarded to students who successfully complete prescribed coursework in any of the following environmental, health or engineering technology-related programs: aviation maintenance technology; computer design, animation and game design; early childhood education technology; electrical/electronic engineering technology; engineering of information technology; environmental technology; horticulture technology; human services technology; legal assisting; manufacturing engineering technology; mechanical engineering (integrated manufacturing) technology; nursing; occupational therapy assistant technology; physical therapist assistant technology; radiologic technology; respiratory therapy technology; systems/industrial engineering technology; and veterinary technology. Students in the degree are expected to choose their general studies courses from the  Kent Core. All exceptions must be approved by the students’ academic advisor. The availability of specific Kent Core courses varies by campus.

The Associate of Technical Study is open to students who need a specially designed course of study in a technical field. It consists of courses offered at the students’ campus that suit the students’ career goals. Degree programs must be planned with the assistance of a faculty advisor. The program consists of a minimum 61 semester hours of coursework, including the Destination Kent State: First Year Experience course. At least 30 hours are “technical core” courses that offer education central to students’ career goals. At least 15 hours must consist of basic courses that provide background to the technical core; at least 15 hours must be selected from the Kent Core. The degree program should not exceed 73 hours. Degree programs must be approved by the faculty advisor, the campus dean and the Regional College dean. At least 32 hours must be completed after approval of the written degree program proposal.

The Associate of Technical Study may be conferred as a concurrent degree or after receiving a prior degree. At least 24 hours of coursework must be completed after approval of the program, and the program must include at least 24 hours of work in addition to the prior or concurrent degree. Forms for developing an ATS program proposal can be obtained at any Regional Campus student services office.

Degree-Category A: This degree requires a minimum of 61 credit hours selected in consultation with an academic advisor from existing courses at that campus. The program permits students to develop a curriculum based on specific career objectives that are not served by existing degree programs.

Degree-Category B: This degree provides associate degree-level completion based on a technical certificate or other formal technical training program acquired outside Kent State University. Programs available are the following: allied health management technology; diagnostic medical sonography; emergency medical services technology; environment management; industrial trades technology; nuclear medicine technology; radiation therapy technology; and radiologic technology.

Options in Technical Programs: Some business and engineering technology programs have different options from which students can choose. While options provide students with opportunities for focused study, not all options possible within a program are offered at all campuses. Students should check with an advisor to see what program options are available at the campus they are attending.

THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Each Regional Campus offers programs designed to complete the freshman and sophomore years of most of the bachelor's degrees offered by Kent State. The intention of such programs is to provide students interested in eventually obtaining a four-year degree the opportunity of remaining at home while beginning their degree. It is expected that such students eventually will complete their degree at a Regional Campus, transition to the Kent Campus or transfer to another baccalaureate-granting institution to complete the degree. Some baccalaureate programs may be completed at each Regional Campus. See the GPS website for baccalaureate offerings per campus. Completion of the freshman and sophomore years of a baccalaureate program leads to the award of the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

Several baccalaureate programs at Kent State University often can be completed with approximately two years of additional full-time study after completion of an associate degree. Some course selections leading to associate degrees are more applicable than others as components of the bachelor's degrees, and exact requirements for additional study vary. Students interested in baccalaureate completion programs should see an advisor at the earliest possible date.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Regional College awards approved certificates to students who successfully complete a course of study designed to meet a specific need. These programs consist of a minimum of 15 credit hours and a maximum of 30. Some certificate programs articulate fully or in part with associate degrees. Students wishing to participate in certificate programs must meet the standards set forth in the university admissions policy, except where a program has been designed for a group with unique needs, such as a contract training group. Students already enrolled at Kent State must declare their intent to pursue a certificate before completing 50 percent of the courses required. Courses completed pass/fail or through Credit-By-Examination will not count toward completion of the certificate requirements. If a student already has completed a program requirement by pass/fail or Credit-By-Examination, an alternative requirement will be designated.

To successfully earn a certificate, students must achieve a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in the courses required for the following programs: child and family advocacy, computer forensics and information security, database administrator, legal nurse consulting/nurse paralegal, solutions developer and systems engineer. Students enrolled in the computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75. All other certificates require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the courses required for the programs.

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