President

Welcome to the Office of the President

President Berkman

“Many of our students face a triple hurdle to success. College for them is a challenge economically, academically and socially, and to succeed they need support, guidance and encouragement. Our obligation as educators is not just to enroll students but to graduate them. All of us – faculty, staff, advisors, peer students – must rededicate ourselves to helping students get past the obstacles standing between them and a diploma. It truly takes a village to graduate a student.”

“Cleveland State is in and of this city, and the connections and bonds between the two must be strengthened. We must build bridges between the University and the city of Cleveland that will provide environments for students to apply and expand what they are learning in the classroom and laboratories.” ”

– Ronald M. Berkman

President, Cleveland State University
Inaugural Speech, Oct. 16, 2009

Embracing the transformative vision of President Berkman, Cleveland State University has embarked on a mission to enrich the ties between CSU and Cleveland’s key institutions. Our commitment to Engaged Learning compels us to play a vital role as an anchor institution of higher education in a great city.

The University is tremendously enriched by the community it serves, and we are committed to enriching the community in return. CSU is creating a continuum of learning with pathways to meaningful careers. CSU is meeting the unique health-care needs of city neighborhoods. CSU is revitalizing the urban landscape.

With outstanding partners in health care, the arts and other industries, CSU is sharing knowledge, research and resources to make a positive difference not only within the University, but in the community at large and beyond.

We invite you to read more about the many extraordinary ways in which CSU is connecting with Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, for the benefit of all.

Presidential Initiatives

Championing Student Success

At Cleveland State University, student success has become our #1 priority. CSU is dedicated to helping students excel in their studies, graduate on time and move on to fulfilling careers. To this end, the President tasked the Provost and other Senior Administrators the responsibility of overseeing all of the student success initiatives. A faculty led Student Success Committee was also formed by Faculty Senate to evaluate policies and processes throughout CSU that affect student success. After extensive review, the committees have made wide-ranging recommendations that have led to a number of outstanding new programs. This university-wide collaborative approach has contributed greatly to our retention and graduation outcomes.

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Exploring New Horizons in Health Care

building.pngGrowing needs and diminishing resources have created an urgency for a more diverse health-care workforce with interdisciplinary skills – and Cleveland State University is leading the way in a city renowned for world-class health care. Set to open in 2015, CSU’s new Center for Innovation in Health Professions will foster interprofessional education in classrooms and high-tech “collaboratories,” where future physicians, nurses and health professionals will learn to work together. A team approach to health-care education will ensure better health, better care and lower health-care costs.

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Investing in Cutting-Edge Research and Development

research.pngIn recent years, Cleveland State University has nearly quadrupled its research and development spending. With $55 million in annual R&D expenditures, CSU ranks among the top 20 percent of universities in the United States for R&D, according to the National Science Foundation.

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Spurring a Downtown Renaissance

ulka.pngA $500-million architectural reboot has reinvigorated Cleveland State University’s 85-acre campus while embracing and elevating the surrounding cityscape.

The centerpiece of this dramatic transformation is our magnificent Student Center, designed by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey. Other striking additions include LEED-certified new buildings such as Julka Hall, the Recreation Center and the Euclid Commons residence hall. The makeover is poised to continue with the 2015 opening of the Center for Innovation in Health Professions.

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Sharing the Spotlight with World-Class Arts

arts.pngCleveland State University’s new Arts Campus at PlayhouseSquare is drawing rave reviews. Amid the glittering marquees of the largest performing-arts center outside New York City, our theatre and dance students hone their skills alongside arts professionals through an unparalleled partnership with PlayhouseSquare and Cleveland Play House.

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Creating a Continuum of Learning with Cleveland Schools

news_international.pngStudents in grade school and high school now have a clearer path to college, thanks to collaborations between Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Our Campus International School provides a popular education alternative for Cleveland’s Campus District neighborhood. The school embraces the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum, and all students study the Chinese Mandarin language through a partnership with the Confucius Institute at CSU.

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Nurturing an Educated and Well-Connected Workforce

nasa.pngCleveland State University networks with more workplaces than any other public university in Ohio. Our students can choose from a full menu of more than 1,500 co-op and internship opportunities at nearly every major corporation and organization in Cleveland, including NASA, Sherwin-Williams, KeyBank, Lubrizol and Progressive Insurance.

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