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Joint Resolution Celebrates and Reaffirms Strong Town-Gown Ties Between Kent State and City of Kent

Posted Sep. 23, 2013

Meeting in the newly opened Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center and looking out at a downtown buzzing with new businesses, the Kent State University Board of Trustees joined with Kent City Council on Sept. 18 to pass a joint resolution that celebrates and reaffirms the town-gown partnership that led to the revitalization of downtown Kent.

The resolution expresses gratitude to the city of Kent, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton and the university community, and the other public- and private-sector partners involved in a historic transformation of downtown Kent that includes new retail and dining options, corporate offices, a parking deck, an upscale apartment building, and the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

“The remarkable level of collaboration among the city, the university and a growing list of public-private partners has produced unparalleled results,” the resolution states, noting that the reinvestment in the city and campus communities exceeded $300 million; and that the downtown transformation was recognized in June 2013 as the nation’s best town-gown collaboration by the International Town-Gown Association and was honored as Ohio’s best project in 2012 by the Ohio Economic Development Association.

The joint resolution, which was passed by Kent City Council at its meeting on Sept. 18, includes a joint commitment to continuing the positive and productive partnership between the city and university.

Board Gets Report on Great Enrollment News
The Board of Trustees received a comprehensive report about Kent State’s record enrollment for the current semester following the release of official 15-day enrollment statistics last week. The report included the achievement of the largest (4,314 students) and highest-achieving (average grade-point average of 3.3) Kent Campus freshman class in university history. The good news also includes a 10.37-percent increase in international student enrollment; increases in AALANA (African American, Latino American and Native American) freshmen; and significant enrollment growth in the university’s College of Business Administration, School of Digital Sciences and College of Public Health.

In other actions:

  • In keeping with the Ohio Revised Code, the Board adopted uniform standards for assessing the readiness of newly admitted students to take college classes without remedial coursework (“remediation free”). The standards, which assess reading, writing and mathematics skills and are effective Fall Semester 2014, were set by the presidents of Ohio’s public universities in December 2012. Ohio’s higher educational institutions are not required to place students whose assessments do not meet “remediation-free” standards in remedial courses. They may place these students in credit-bearing mathematics and English courses in conjunction with additional academic support.
  • The Board ratified the action taken by its Finance and Administration Committee at a special, Board-authorized meeting held Aug. 27, 2013, approving construction of a new home for Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The special meeting was held to ensure that foundation work could begin before the additional cost of winter weather protection was required.
  • The Board authorized a property agreement that will allow the Delta Upsilon fraternity to move from its Lincoln Street location to the building on Fraternity Circle that now houses the offices of the Kent State University Foundation Inc. Fraternity Circle, located off Summit Street, is home to several other fraternities and sororities. A lease-back agreement will allow the Foundation staff to remain in its current building until a new building is constructed that will house all offices in the university’s Division of Institutional Advancement. The agreement will provide land that the university needs to build a new home for its nationally recognized College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The agreement will now be submitted to the state’s Controlling Board for final approval.
  • The Board established a university policy regarding education abroad and other international travel by Kent State students and faculty members. The policy is intended to ensure, to the greatest degree possible, the safety and security of participants in university-sponsored programs.
  • The Board established a university policy to formalize how agreements with universities and other educational institutions outside the United States are established. The policy is intended to ensure uniformity across multidepartmental endeavors.

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