President’s Message Greetings:
Another academic year has come to a close and with it the signature event of the academic year: the annual Commencement ceremony.
This year we graduated 281 students, continuing the trend over the last several years of ever-increasing numbers of young women and men walking across the stage to receive their degrees from Central State University. We broke with tradition this year because of the rainy weather we experienced this spring and had the Commencement ceremony inside, in Beacom-Lewis Gymnasium, instead of outside in McPherson Stadium, where it is usually held. It was a joyous, intimate celebration, and we join the families and friends of the Class of 2011 in congratulating these newly minted Centralians on their achievement.
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John W. Garland, President, CSU
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Two new residence halls now under construction will be ready for occupancy this fall. One of them, the Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center, will be set aside for our honors students. This designation recognizes the priority Central State places on academic excellence and encourages all of our students to excel in their studies.
The University is also in the process of implementing a sweeping reorganization of our academic college structure that involves reorganizing our three existing colleges into four. The new college will be the College of Science and Engineering, which will be the home of all of our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Central State has long been a major producer in Ohio of minority graduates in the STEM disciplines, and our new College of Science and Engineering will enhance our capacity to contribute even more to the state’s STEM workforce.
The continuing colleges are the College of Business (formerly the College of Business and Industry); College of Education; and College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (formerly College of Arts and Sciences). A centerpiece of the academic reorganization is the establishment of a new University College (UC), which will provide the structure and support under one “roof” that first-time freshmen and transfer students need to successfully transition into CSU and then into the college of their declared major. A proven best practice in higher education, the University College model will enable us to better serve, retain, and graduate students.
The academic reorganization and the University College are sure to have a positive effect on the quality of our academic programs and the quality of the institution as a whole. These initiatives are yet another example of how Central State University lives up to its motto, Change is Central.
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