Kent State University at Stark

Kent State University at Stark, often referred to as Kent State University Stark and Kent State Stark,[2] is a public liberal arts university in Stark County, Ohio, and the largest regional campus of Kent State University. Kent State Stark promotes environmental[3][4][5] and social responsibility and was recognized on the President's Service Learning Honor Roll for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.[6] Ninety percent of graduates in 2008 took the "Graduation Pledge"[7] to consider the environmental and social consequences of any job they consider.[8]

Kent State Stark is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) and is an active member of AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities)[9] and participant in the Voluntary System of Accountability.

Kent State University at Stark is sometimes confused with the Stark State College of Technology which leases space from and shares parts of the Kent Stark campus.

Degrees and programs are additionally accredited by:

and others.

Kent State University at Stark
DeanDenise A. Seachrist
Academic staff
Location, ,
40°52′00″N 81°26′15″W / 40.8668°N 81.4374°WCoordinates: 40°52′00″N 81°26′15″W / 40.8668°N 81.4374°W
200 acres (80.9 ha)
Stark Logo


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Aerial view of Kent State University at Stark

The campus is located on 200 acres in Jackson Township and North Canton, Ohio, an area with a population over 380,000. The campus itself includes:

  • Main Hall
  • Learning Resource Center (Library)
  • Fine Arts Building
  • Campus Center
  • Science & Nursing Building
  • Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Conference Center

Enrollment and graduation

Kent State Stark serves over 11,000 students annually: 6,400 students in academic programs and courses and over 5,000 in executive and professional education. Over 200 high school students take advantage of pre-college programs (Dual Enrollment and Post-Secondary Enrollment) each semester. Over 500 students graduate from Kent State University at Stark annually. A Fall Commencement was added in December 2008 to accommodate student growth.


Kent State Stark offers baccalaureate, masters, and associate degrees.


Kent State Stark faculty are committed to student success. Ninety percent of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree in their field. Every student is taught by one of the 293 qualified faculty and Kent State Stark does not use graduate assistants and uses very few adjunct faculty to teach classes. Faculty have earned doctorates from twenty U.S. states and ten foreign universities. All instructors hold at least a master's degree in their teaching field. Small class sizes are designated in the campus strategic plan as a "campus value." Classes average only eighteen students per section and 85% of undergraduate classes have fewer than thirty students.


Part of the University System of Ohio,[11] Kent State University at Stark has a local advisory board representing business, industry, education, arts and elected officials. Board members are elected for renewable three-year terms and confirmed by the Kent Board of Trustees and led by a chair and vice-chair.


Although no facilities had been constructed for the Kent State Normal School in Kent, Ohio, in 1912 Kent's first president, John McGilvery, established extension centers, including one in the Canton area that would serve the area for several decades.[12]

Kent State Canton

Kent Stark Patio
Main Hall Patio

To accommodate the postwar surge of students utilizing the new G.I. Bill, in 1946 Kent State created the Canton Division, known as Kent State University Canton (KSUC), in Canton McKinley High School on Market Street. KSUC grew rapidly, with a student newspaper, a small student union in a nearby house, a band, chorus and radio station. Kent State Canton closed in Spring 1950 when Ohio cut funding. Community members campaigned to establish a municipal university, but a levy to finance that plan failed in February 1950.[12]

Kent State continued to provide extension programs, mostly in business and teacher education. The demand for elementary teachers in the 1950s inspired the "Cadet" program, placing teachers in the classroom faster than typical four-year programs. As the extension program grew to 400 students and became an Academic Center, it moved to Timken High School in 1959.[13]

Stark Campus

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Kent State University at Stark Fine Arts Building

In 1965, the Ohio State legislature authorized a permanent campus, and appropriated over $2 million for construction. A citizens' site selection and financial support committee, selected an accessible location near the newly completed Interstate 77 in Jackson Township in March 1965. Most of the land was owned by Leo A. Frank and John Wyles, who had farmed it with their families for many years. Once the sale was approved, committee raised over $600,000. Groundbreaking and construction began on January 7, 1966 with the first facility, Main Hall, opening in the fall of 1967.[14]

Expansion of the Stark Campus included seven major buildings, a pond and nature trail, The Campus Center (student center) and The University Center (Professional Education and Conference Center) which provides businesses and community partners with workforce development opportunities. Today it is commonly referred to as Kent State University Stark.

The Corporate University

Since 1990, The Corporate University at Kent State Stark[15] has offered professional development courses, customized employee training, organization development consulting, research and assessment projects and business counseling and training to over 5,000 employees annually.

The federally funded Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) programs provide free or low cost counseling to an additional 700 small businesses annually. In 2006 the Kent State Stark SBDC created or retained 1,800 Stark County jobs with an annual payroll of $70 million and an economic impact of $218 million.[16]

Conference Center

Kent Stark Conference Center
Conference Center

The Conference Center is a technologically advanced facility that serves 65,000 clients each year.[17] It is one of only four facilities in Ohio accredited by IACC. The Conference Center provides business and community partners with meeting, training and conference rooms, a full-service dining room and the Timken Great Hall that can seat 600 guests.

Student life

Kent State Stark has an Honors Program and over 30 active student organizations ranging from academic to social and service clubs. Kent State Stark received presidential recognition for its Service Learning program and has a strong Leadership Academy to develop student capabilities and talents.

The Office of Student Life celebrates the beginning of the fall semester with "Smart Start Saturday" for students and their families and FWOF (First Weeks of Fall) activities and concludes the spring semester with Kentiki celebration activities. These week-long events encourage students to meet one another and to enjoy a host of student sponsored activities.

Students enjoy club sports and the physical education facility offers open gym hours, a basketball and volleyball court, weight room, dance studio, Nautilus equipment, treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical walkers, stationary bikes and a full-service locker room for men and women. The campus sponsors several wellness initiatives each year and participates in many community service projects.

Senior Guest Program

Kent State University Stark's Senior Guest Program supports adults ages 60 and up. Designed to encourage Ohio's Senior Citizens to broaden their knowledge and skills, or revisit areas of interest that they may not have pursued as a traditional college student. Senior Guests audit and attend regular credit classes on a space-available basis. Courses taken through the Senior Guest Program are free, however, some classes have variable costs such as books or special course fees. History, art, philosophy and physical education are some of the most popular subjects. Participants usually participate in all class activities, but may elect not to take exams. Classes are not taken for credit or a grade.


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Kent State Stark balloon at the 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic Invitational

Canton, Ohio is home to the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame. Each summer eleven days of inaugural events begin at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic Invitational and the Jackson-Belden Food Festival held on the Kent State Stark campus. The campus welcomes 150,000 guests for two and one-half days with eighty hot air balloons participating in five launches and various competitions and races.[18]


The Stark County Alumni Chapter serves the 30,000 Kent State University graduates in Stark County. The chapter was established in 1995 to promote the involvement of former students and support the academic programs, current students, faculty and staff of Kent State University. The chapter is governed by a board of directors. The chapter’s annual fundraiser, the Reverse Raffle and Auction, supports student scholarships, student-life programming, a faculty luncheon, distinguished alumni awards program and alumni networking events.

Notable alumni

  • Brannon Braga (1983 – 1985) Writer, Producer, Television and Film. Hugo Award for Excellence in Science Fiction Writing; credits include these Star Trek features: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Mission: Impossible 2, Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • Ronald Harris (1967 - 1968) Boxing gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics, three-time National AAU Champion and bronze medal winner Pan American Games.
  • Darrell Issa (1973 -1976) US House of Representatives 49th district of California, 2000 – present. Co-chaired California Civil Rights. Initiative ending quotas in state contracting and college admissions. Founded Directed Electronics, Inc. famous for Viper car alarm.


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  14. ^ "1960-1969 In Search of a Home". Kent State Stark History. Kent State University. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
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Kent State University

Kent State University (KSU) is a public research university in Kent, Ohio. The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in Cleveland, Independence, and Twinsburg, Ohio, New York City, and Florence, Italy.

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Super Bowl XXXVIII – which was broadcast live on February 1, 2004 from Houston, Texas on the CBS television network in the United States – was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson's breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a "wardrobe malfunction". The incident, sometimes referred to as Nipplegate, was widely discussed. Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined CBS a record US$550,000 which was fought in the Supreme Court, but that fine was appealed and ultimately voided by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2011 ruling, and a case to reinstate the fine was refused in 2012.The incident was ridiculed both within the United States and abroad, with a number of commentators considering the incident a planned publicity stunt, and American commentators in particular viewing it as a sign of decreasing morality in American culture, while others considered the incident harmless and argued that it received an undue amount of attention and backlash. The increased regulation of broadcasting raised concerns regarding censorship and free speech in the United States, and the FCC increased the fine per indecency violation from US$27,500 to US$325,000 shortly after the event. The halftime show that year was produced by MTV and was themed around the network's Choose or Lose campaign due to the event occurring during a presidential election year. Following the wardrobe incident, the National Football League (NFL) announced that MTV, which also produced the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV, would not be involved in any halftime shows in the future. The MTV Chief Executive stated in an interview with Reuters that Jackson engineered the stunt, while Timberlake was informed of it just moments before he took the stage. The exposure was broadcast to a total audience of 143.6 million viewers.YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim claims that this incident was what led to the creation of the video sharing website. The incident also made "Janet Jackson" the most searched term, event, and image in Internet history, as well as the most searched person and term of 2004 and 2005. The incident also broke the record for "most searched event over one day". Jackson was later listed in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records as "Most Searched in Internet History" and the "Most Searched for News Item". It became the most watched, recorded and replayed television moment in TiVo history and "enticed an estimated 35,000 new [TiVo] subscribers to sign up". The incident also coined the phrase "wardrobe malfunction", which was later added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.Following the incident, CBS parent company Viacom, and their co-owned subsidiaries MTV and Infinity Broadcasting, enforced a blacklist of Jackson's singles and music videos on many radio formats and music channels worldwide. As of 2018, neither Jackson nor Timberlake are banned from the halftime show. Timberlake later performed at Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.

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The system includes all of Ohio's public institutions of higher education: 14 four-year research universities, 24 branch and regional campuses, 23 two-four community colleges and technical colleges, as well as 13 graduate schools, 7 medical schools, 6 law schools, and 10 business schools within campuses. Additionally, some campuses offer Adult Workforce Education (AWE) and Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs. The AWE and ABLE programs were transferred from the Ohio Department of Education to the Ohio Board of Regents on 1 January 2009, to provide a flexible system of higher education that will improve services while reducing costs to students. The total annual enrollment of University System of Ohio institutions is over 509,720 as of fall 2014, ranking as the third largest public university system in the United States.

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