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Office of the President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Improving lives. Expanding knowledge. The best universities excel at one or the other, and a very select few deliver outstanding results on both counts.

As another academic year begins, I am very pleased to let you know that Cleveland State University has been ranked in the latter category. According to a new report from the highly respected Brookings Institution, CSU is No. 18 in the entire nation among public universities that provide social mobility AND conduct vital research. CSU is the only Ohio public university on this list.

Brookings researchers assessed the relative strengths of four-year public universities across the United States. Some improved opportunities for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Some expanded the boundaries of knowledge via impactful research.

Only 20 percent of the 342 universities in the Brookings study successfully did both, fulfilling a dual mission.

This elite group includes CSU. We offer equal access to higher education to more low-income students — nearly 11 percent of our total enrollment — than any other Ohio public university, according to Brookings. At the same time, our cutting-edge research enterprise encompasses a broad range of fields, from gene regulation to human motion and control to population dynamics. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that CSU was No. 1 in the nation for increases in research expenditures between fiscal years 2004 and 2013, based on National Science Foundation data.

Please take a moment to read the Brookings report. When it comes to improving lives and expanding knowledge, Cleveland State University’s standing as a national leader among public universities should be a source of great pride for all of us.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

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