HBCU of the Month
Congratulations to Central State University, The HBCU Foundation’s January HBCU of the Month! In the month following the campaign, and from proceeds raised, The HBCU Foundation will make a donation to Central State University. We are asking all CSU alumni, family, friends and fans to pledge their support by making a special gift and spreading the word throughout their networks.
The HBCU Foundation™ uses your donations to offer financial assistance, as well as unique cultural, leadership, entrprenerial and social programs in support of deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Our HBCU of the Month campaign is an on-going effort to offer a measure of recognition to each of our beloved institutions and generate much needed financial and volunteer support from HBCU supporters.
ABOUT CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY
Central State University’s history begins with our parent institution Wilberforce University, named in honor of the great abolitionist William Wilberforce. Established at Tawawa Springs, Ohio in 1856, it is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and is one of the oldest Black-administered institutions of higher education in the nation.
Today, as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State University is expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) academic programming, research and education; developing partnerships within Ohio’s agricultural industry; enhancing facilities; and engaging the local communities, all for the future growth and sustainability of the University.
The University has grown steadily since its founding and has four Colleges: Education; Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture; Business; and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Additionally, new academic programs have been added along with a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science, academic building, the University Student Center (85,000 sq. ft), and five residential halls. Fall, 2019, campus residency options expanded to include a 250-bed apartment style residential hall and 10,000 sq.ft. Wellness Center.
In July 2012, Central State welcomed its eighth president, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond. Under this administration six compelling priorities for the University have been established: a quality academic experience; targeted student enrollment; improved retention rates; reduced time to degree; production of graduates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for advanced studies and careers; and efficient and effective institutional operations.
New initiatives are in progress which include aggressive efforts to increase student retention; enhancing the University’s image internally and externally through the embodiment of the tenets, Service … Protocol … Civility®; diversification of the student body through focused recruitment of local and international students; development of more fluid articulation agreements with community colleges and cooperative agreements with area universities; improved communications with students, staff, and alumni; implementation of the University’s 2014-2020 Strategic Plan; and the ongoing integration of CSU’s mission with the Land-Grant mission resulting from the University’s federal designation in February, 2014.
Central State University embraces change; but one thing that has not changed is its continuing commitment to providing an excellent, affordable education to residents of Ohio and beyond. Our future is bright!
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