Jan 16, 2015

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

On Monday, we will honor the legacy of one of America's finest civic leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who in addition to leading our nation's civil rights movement was also a dedicated promoter of the purpose of education.

During his final year as a student at Morehouse College, Dr. King addressed his peers in the student publication The Maroon Tiger, writing, "We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."

Cleveland State University is an institution that continues to support this goal. By guiding students to appreciate the value of engaging others in critical debate, particularly when their own beliefs or views are challenged, we contribute to meeting a national imperative to encourage civil discourse. May the words of Dr. King resonate throughout our campus, in our classrooms and conversations.

As we begin a new semester and continue our 50th anniversary celebration, I have several updates to share.

CSU Receives Carnegie Foundation Honor

The University has earned the Carnegie Foundation's 2015 Community Engagement Classification, a prestigious honor that recognizes our connectivity in Cleveland and the greater Northeast Ohio region. CSU is one of 83 first-time recipients of the Community Engagement Classification, selected from more than 130 applicants, and will maintain the classification through 2025.

This honor is a meaningful affirmation of our efforts to deliver an Engaged Learning experience for students as well as serve the needs of our community. We can all take great pride in this recognition.

50th Anniversary CSU Presidential Forums

In November, we began our yearlong series of 50th Anniversary CSU Presidential Forums with an illuminating panel featuring past and present CSU presidents and Board of Trustees chairmen. Our speaker series will continue to bring leaders and professionals to campus to share perspectives on topics relevant to Northeast Ohio, such as the pathway to careers in STEMM, the emergence of new technologies, and the future of health care education.

The next forum on Tuesday, February 3, will feature Dr. Akram Boutros of MetroHealth, Dr. Toby Cosgrove of Cleveland Clinic, and Thomas Zenty of University Hospitals as they discuss how their organizations are responding to the changing health care marketplace.

Please take advantage of these unique opportunities to engage some of our region's most dynamic thought leaders on our campus. Registration for all panels, which are free and open to the public, is required and available online.

Cleveland State University: 50 Years

Our commemorative anniversary book, Cleveland State University: 50 Years, is now available for pre-order. It is authored by Dr. Regennia Williams, a CSU alumna and assistant professor of history, and it details the vibrant life of our University, which has grown from humble beginnings in 1964 to a best-in-class urban institution. Hardcover copies can be reserved online.

U.S. News & World Report Nationally Ranks CSU Online MBA

The Mobile Accelerated Master of Business Administration at our Monte Ahuja College of Business has received its first Top 50 national ranking from U.S. News & World Report, which ranked it No. 44 in the nation as well as the top program in Ohio. This is tremendous news for the University, particularly our College of Business and our Center for eLearning. This trailblazing program meets the needs of many working professionals seeking an exceptional MBA experience.

Best wishes for the start of Spring Semester. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

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