Cleveland State University

Engaged Learning

50 Ways We Engage

  1. Cleveland State University law students who took the Ohio bar exam for the first time in February 2008 achieved a 95 percent passage rate, improving on the outstanding results of the July 2007 exam when 90 percent of CSU’s test-takers passed on the first try. For the February 2008 exam, the combined passage rate for all CSU law graduates was 72% – the highest combined passage rate for any Ohio law school.
  2. CSU’s Honors Program, now in its fourth year, provides 200+ students from the region and outside the United States with an enriched learning experience that includes a number of special amenities and privileges unavailable or less available to other students, and a full-tuition scholarship.
  3. Cleveland State University is a leader in enrolling and graduating minority students and is a top producer of African American masters graduates. CSU has been recognized nationally in Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Hispanic Outlook, and has the largest percentage of diverse faculty among Ohio public universities.
  4. CSU student-athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom. For the first time ever, five teams won NCAA Horizon League Championships (women’s volleyball, basketball and softball, and men’s golf and fencing) while 55% of the studentathletes earned an overall 3.1 Grade Point Average.
  5. CSU has Northeast Ohio’s only forensic program that prepares nurses to care for crime victims, collect evidence and assist criminal investigators – just like on TV but better.
  6. CSU received $40 million in research awards last year from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association and others to advance the study of diseases and their treatment, making research opportunities available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  7. CSU’s joint Ph.D. program in clinical-bioanalytical chemistry with the renowned Cleveland Clinic is one of only two such programs in the nation and attracts students from all over the world.
  8. Thirty CSU students spent their spring break in New Orleans, helping rebuild homes, lives, dreams and faith in humanity.
  9. More than 50 Fulbright scholars at CSU give you a piece of their mind and more, along with invaluable insight gained from their Fulbright-based travel and research.
  10. Our students prepare for their careers, not just jobs, with the aid of individual career counseling, mock interviews, outstanding networking opportunities, and on-campus career fairs, which are held twice annually and involve more than 200 employers.
  11. During the 2007-08 academic year, more than 120 Cleveland State University students studied abroad in more than 10 countries and more than 15 different programs. In addition, CSU operates 8-10 short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs to places such as China, Chile, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany and Mexico and offers a program in India and Spain every other summer.
  12. The Fenn Academy, in CSU's Fenn College of Engineering, is a consortium of 32 high schools, 8 corporations and the Fenn College of Engineering. The Academy brings together engineering students, local high school students and our corporate partners in a variety of activities, and provides scholarships to eligible students in order to encourage the pursuit of engineering careers at an early age.
  13. 450 students make Fenn Tower, a beautifully restored 1920’s art-deco structure, their home away from home while enjoying apartment-style luxury within walking distance of their classes.
  14. Every year, more than 1,000 CSU students earn while they learn through an impressive network of co-op and internship opportunities, many of which culminate in engaged employment (and isn’t that really why you go to college?)
  15. CSU students help others, and feel good about themselves, when they participate in an Art Therapy Studio at MetroHealth Medical Center, while music students perform for residents in local nursing homes and hospice centers.
  16. A CSU student in the College of Education and Human Services was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children at their national conference. On campus, she is also the president of the CSU Student CEC Chapter.
  17. Every spring, during Spring Fling, our students care for foster children while their parents are receiving specialized parental training. The fun for all typically includes face painting, arts and crafts, and an Easter Egg hunt.
  18. As a CSU biology professor works tirelessly in her lab to discover a vaccine for malaria, she also helps students become excited about science and healthrelated careers.
  19. Learning Communities create the sense of a small campus for first-year students, helping to connect them, grow intellectually and socially, and achieve academic success. In Learning Communities, students are exposed to a variety of disciplines and programs of study, allowing them to make connections from multiple perspectives.
  20. CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program is ranked second in the nation in the specialty of city management and urban policy, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Levin College has attained this prestigious ranking for the past 10 years. Overall, the College is ranked 45th among the nation’s 269 public affairs schools.
  21. Seventy-five CSU undergraduate students had the opportunity to work on 34 research projects with faculty mentors during the summer of 2008, thanks to almost $300,000 of undergraduate engaged learning research awards provided by the University.
  22. As a way of pursuing her own passion, a CSU student who is a cancer survivor, pilot and humanitarian has established a nonprofit foundation, Kids in Flight, that provides terminally ill children and their families sightseeing flights over the Cleveland area.
  23. The College of Education and Human Services reaches across the globe as a Confucius Institute, one of only two in Ohio and 31 in the nation, enabling the University to receive funds for use in training Chinese language teachers.
  24. A team of four MBA students from the Nance College of Business placed fourth in a national competition sponsored by KeyBank and also received the competition’s Best Presenter Award.
  25. Physical education and special education majors benefit from the University’s Adapted Physical Education Laboratory that serves families with children and young adults who have a broad range of disabilities. The laboratory provides participants with movement and aquatic programs that meet their unique needs, and provides our students unparalleled hands-on experiences.
  26. CSU and the Cleveland Institute of Art are collaboratively spearheading the District of Design Project to establish Cleveland as the “Milan of the Midwest,” in time bringing industrial design, art, architecture and related manufacturing to downtown Cleveland – creating jobs for students and others and enabling companies to attract and retain top talent. Support is also provided by the Cleveland Foundation’s Civic Innovation Lab and a number of community partners.
  27. Every year, CSU art students have the opportunity to display their works at an art show – just for them – in the CSU Art Gallery, this year at the 37th Annual Student Art Exhibition, organized by the Student Organization of Fine Arts.
  28. During the November elections, 43 student journalists covered problems at various voting sites and provided blogs to the WKYC TV web site in a unique means of civic engagement that made reporters out of students.
  29. A group of students work alongside a CSU chemistry professor doing research on preventing heart attacks and strokes and enhancing the quality of life for those already afflicted through the development of safer methods for blood-thinning than through treatment with currently-available drugs.
  30. Studying the growing problem of obesity in the inner-city will lead to a healthier Cleveland population, thanks to a $1.3 million NIH grant to our Center for Health Equity and the students and faculty involved in the program that improves the quality of life of participants.
  31. The CSU Women’s Comprehensive Program hosts “reentry” programs for both women and men who are thinking about starting or returning to college. The program offers support and advice to adults whose educational goals have been delayed or deferred and who are now thinking about pursuing their education but may not know how to get started.
  32. A doctoral chemistry student was the only person in the nation to receive the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Scientific Scholarship for the advancement of law enforcement, adding more evidence to the caliber of CSU students. Michael Bukys’ advanced research on blood coagulation and thrombosis may result in the synthesis of potential molecules that could be used for advancing the treatment of heart disease and stroke and have benefits for forensic science as well.
  33. The CSU campus is wireless, making it easy to communicate, study, conduct research, and engage with friends. And students can check-out laptop computers, free of charge, to use for up to four hours.
  34. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students and faculty contribute more than 9,000 hours of community service each year as volunteers with the Legal Aid Society, the Homeless Legal Assistance Project, the City Mock Trial Program and the Cleveland Municipal School District. The pro bono service helps defend the rights and protect the property of those who cannot do so for themselves.
  35. More than 800 international students from 80 countries broaden the perspective of every CSU student and provide uncommon cross-cultural training, understanding and appreciation throughout the campus.
  36. Students and faculty researchers are making highway work zones safer for workers and drivers thanks to a $2 million federal grant that established a Transportation Center dedicated to work zone safety here at CSU.
  37. The CSU recreation center has received coveted LEED certification for environmental and energy efficiency, helping to make the campus a greener place now and for future generations of students.
  38. Nance College of Business students invest real money and gain real-world experience in finance and portfolio management through a KeyBank student managed investment fund, boosting their academic credentials and career opportunities.
  39. For CSU professors, teaching isn’t a profession — it’s a passion. Our professors take students beyond the classroom, sharing their fields of expertise through research and mentoring in what we call engaged learning.
  40. More than 1,000 companies nationwide have a Cleveland State University graduate at the helm as CEO, president or chairman, demonstrating the leadership skills formed while at CSU.
  41. More than 140 student organizations – from Greek to geek, 17 varsity sports and intramurals, and 180 majors and programs at CSU offer everybody the chance to blossom, get involved, make friends and provide service to others.
  42. The International Trade Assistance Center of Northeast Ohio collaborates with the Nance College of Business in developing U.S. export activity through assistance and counseling to Northeast Ohio businesses.
  43. Project 60, which brings seasoned students age 60 or older into CSU classrooms at no cost to them, gives older citizens an opportunity to expand their minds and share a lifetime of experience.
  44. Cleveland State University is the leader of a 33-member partnership of business, industries, government and educational institutions that was awarded $24 million from the State of Ohio to establish a Wright Center of Innovation for Ohio on CSU’s downtown campus.
  45. CSU is ranked 10th among the nation’s top 20 Specialized Research Universities focusing on business, education and social sciences in the third annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, compiled by Academic Analytics and reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  46. The Diversity Management program at CSU is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a unique program that develops cultural competence in leaders to increase productivity and global competitiveness. The program is the first and only one of its kind in the U.S.
  47. Supported by $600,000 in scholarships from the National Science Foundation, Cleveland State University is improving the region’s work force by graduating students with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.
  48. Our College of Science graduates in physical therapy, school psychology and speech pathology had 100 percent pass rates on their national certification examinations, providing testimony to the quality of the students, the faculty and the programs.
  49. A team of three students from our Nance College of Business took first place at the 2008 Ohio Human Resource Games in Cincinnati, beating seven opposing teams, including two others from colleges in Northeast Ohio.
  50. The CSU Dance Program presents “Saturday in the Studio,” an introduction to dance program for Cleveland public school children and their adult mentors.
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2121 Euclid Avenue, RW 204
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
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