Education at KSU goes beyond textbooks, lectures, and the walls of a classroom. The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) strives to promote a culture of active and engaged learners by integrating opportunities for students to apply theories and knowledge into real world experiences. OEECE cultivates civic involvement and community building across Kent State, the surrounding community, and the globe.
Through one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, course-based experiences, paid internship and co-op learning programs, and undergraduate student research, OEECE hopes to foster a deeper understanding of course content and civic commitment in students.
Choose from a variety of opportunities to volunteer and learn about social justice issues. Super Service Saturdays and the Campus Kitchen project offer students the chance to support local agencies. The Alternative Spring Break and Urban Plunge trips incorporate social responsibility, service, and activism while immersing students in a new environment. Students who participate gain a global perspective while exploring issues such as poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and sustainability.
The ELR requires all KSU students to have at least one form of experiential learning during their academic tenure at KSU. Experiential learning involves hands-on engagement, the application of knowledge and theories, and an integral reflection component. Students can complete their ELR in various ways, including course-based and non-course-based activites.
Students are offered the opportunity to gain real-world experience through off-campus Federal Work Study jobs and a Cooperative Education (Co-op) program. Besides earning a paycheck, students develop professional skills and network with employers. Both full-time and part-time experiences are available.
Ranked among the nation's top public research universities, KSU encourages undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members to engage in scholarly research. Research in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences is a great way to develop a student's resume, collaborate with others, and contribute to growth in their field of interest.
Started in 1986, the McNair Scholars Program is a part of the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program Authority aimed at preparing first-generation, low-income, and/or minority undergraduate students for graduate school and doctoral study programs. Students are engaged in mentored research, cultural activities and seminars, and visits to national institutions of higher education.
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