Regional College

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

The Regional Campuses are 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 Regional Campuses of Kent State University have a long standing history of providing northeast Ohioans with access to Kent State University without leaving their community. Each campus is engaged within its region and has made significant contributions to the civic, cultural, and economic well being of Northeast Ohio's communities. the Campuses have distinguished themselves with applied programs that respond to local needs, an emphasis on workforce preparation and a commitment to providing higher education that is broadly accessible.

The Campuses carry out this mission through the efforts of a faculty committed to the highest standards int eh 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

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

The East Liverpool Campus 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 renowned institutions, including the Museum of Ceramics, Carnegie Public Library and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. East Liverpool is the hometown 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
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 Geauga Campus program offerings. The campus also offers select programs and courses 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
E-mail: ask-us@salem.kent.edu
Web: www.col.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)
Web: www.stark.kent.edu

Kent State University at Stark is Kent State University's largest regional campus located just south of the Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Founded in 1946, the beautiful 200-acre, Jackson Township campus consists of six major buildings and a natural wetland area. As Stark County's only public university, Kent State Stark serves more than 11,000 students each year-6,300 in academic programs and 4,700 in professional and graduate programs. Offering 15 bachelor degree programs in addition to master's degrees in business administration and curriculum and instruction, the campus also offers coursework in nearly all of the over 200 undergraduate choices of study available at Kent State University. The Stark Campus is one of the county's major employers, providing quality academic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning that positively impacts the region's economic development. 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
Web: www.trumbull.kent.edu

The Trumbull Campus is located on 132 acres just north of the Route 5/82 bypass on State Route3 45 and boasts one of the best Police Academies 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 the classroom/administration classroom building with modern science labs, a library/theatre building, a technology building with modern engineering and a workforce development building which houses the Police Academy and a 5000 square foot fitness center. The campus is also the home of a 146 acre technology park. 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
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 2800 students served through credit programming and another 3200 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 new Performing Arts Center that features an 1,100-seat theatre for Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances and lectures. Please see the GPS website for more information on Tuscarawas Campus program offerings.

STUDENT SERVICES AND FINANCIAL AID

One of the most important regional campus service 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.

Cost: A differentiated tuition and fee structure exists for students attending a regional campus and it is generally lower than the tuition and fees charged to students attending the Kent Campus. One important advantage to students attending a Regional Campus is that they can live at home, thus saving room and board expenses.

Basic Skills Assessment: After the student is admitted to Kent State University, the student must complete a basic skills assessment in mathematics, reading and English if they are a first time in college student. This assessment information is important to ensure a student's success in college, and, in conjunction with an academic advisor, will further assist in defining the appropriate level of coursework for a student. If the assessment results identify the need for additional preparation in reading, studying, mathematics or composition, the student will be required to enroll in specific developmental courses to insure college readiness.

Advising: Regional Campuses consider advising to be an essential component in student success. The role of the advisor is to guide the student in the development of a degree completion plan to monitor the academic progress toward completion of the degree; to assist the student in making a realistic self-assessment of academic potential in choosing a program of study; to be a source of referral to services provided for students' and to meet with students prior to each registration period to discuss course options and to update the file.

Student Accessibility Services: The Regional Campuses are 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.

Other Support Services: An important feature of the Regional Campuses 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 often depends upon students utilizing the campus support services. Other student support services on the Regional Campuses include career planning; learning resource centers and labs; academic success workshops; veteran services; tutoring; and student activities, clubs and organizations.

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; enology; 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; veterinary technology; and viticulture. 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 an 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.

Several baccalaureate programs at Kent State University 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.

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. There are also bachelor degrees that are only offered at a regional campus. See the GPS website for baccalaureate offerings per campus.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Regional Campuses 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 and bachelor's 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, 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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