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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cleveland State University Highlights

Monte Ahuja College of Business

  • Out of more than 2,000 business programs in the country, the Monte Ahuja College is among a select group of approximately 600 business schools that are accredited by AACSB International, the world’s most respected professional accreditation in management education. The Monte Ahuja College is also one of 170 schools that hold specialized AACSB accreditation for its accounting programs.
  • With more than 3,400 students, the Monte Ahuja College of Business is one of the largest colleges on campus and ranks among the largest business schools in the U.S.
  • The Monte Ahuja College is housed in Monte Ahuja Hall, a beautiful six-story building which includes faculty and department offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, and computer classrooms and laboratories with more than 125 computers that are continuously upgraded. State-of-the-art software includes CASE tools for systems analysis and design, SAP for enterprise resource planning and data mining, and SAS/SPSS for data-analysis.
  • Our business students are award-winners: the CSU chapters of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and the American Marketing Association have won numerous awards in recent national and regional competitions. Beta Alpha Psi, the honor society for accountants, sponsors “Meet the Accountants Night” and other professional events on campus.
  • Accounting graduates have been well-placed in area corporations and accounting firms, with many holding senior positions.
  • The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) allows finance students to learn about investments and portfolio management in the real world by investing real money in the financial markets. In March 2010, the SMIF won the first place award for growth strategy at the R.I.S.E. Forum, a prestigious annual conference focusing on investment education.
  • Bachelor’s degree programs in business (B.B.A.) and computer and information sciences (B.S.C.I.S.) are offered for day, evening, and weekend students. B.B.A. students can specialize with majors in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Business Economics
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Management and Labor Relations
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • B.S.C.I.S. students may major in CIS (with its focus on applied areas of computer and information science) or CSC (which emphasizes theoretical, quantitative and technical knowledge).
  • The Monte Ahuja College partners actively with area community colleges in assisting transfer students to complete their baccaulaurete degrees at CSU.
  • Monte Ahuja College has one of the largest MBA programs in Ohio, with courses offered weekdays, evenings, and weekends at Cleveland State’s downtown campus, at the West Center extended campus in Westlake, Ohio, and at two corporate sites in Greater Cleveland.
  • Specialized graduate degree programs include the Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources, Master of Computer and Information Science, and the MBA in Health Care Administration.
  • Monte Ahuja College business alumni include more than 100 CEOs/presidents and countless vice presidents, senior-level executives, directors, controllers, chief financial officers, business owners, and senior partners. Monte Ahuja College alumni currently hold leading positions at such companies as Lubrizol, Parker Hannifin, Key Bank, Cleveland Clinic, Diebold, Sherwin Williams, Victory Capital Management, and PNCWealth Management.The Monte Ahuja College faculty features distinguished scholars and nationally recognized experts in various business and technical fields. About 90 percent of full-time faculty members have earned doctorates or other terminal degrees in their fields of specialization, many from the world’s leading graduate business schools. In addition, faculty are actively involved in the community – as business consultants, board members, members of professional organizations, and community leaders – bringing a diverse range of practical experiences to the courses they teach.

College of Education and Human Services

  • The College of Education and Human Services offers 22 different undergraduate major or minor programs which lead to teacher licensure in Ohio. The college also offers undergraduate human services majors in a number of areas, including sport management, and exercise/fitness specialist. Graduate-degree offerings include master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, School and Community Agency Counseling, Educational Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Community Health Education, Sport Management, and Exercise Science; Educational Specialist degrees in Administration and Counseling; and a doctoral degree in Urban Education.
  • The State of Ohio’s Department of Education has approved and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has fully accredited the college’s professional educator preparation programs.
  • The School and Community Agency Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • The doctoral specialization in Counseling Psychology has just received accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • The college’s vision for teacher preparation mirrors that of the Ohio Department of Education: To recruit the best and brightest into the teaching profession, to target recruitment to address high-need areas, to develop a diverse teaching force, and to graduate fully competent teachers who are responsive, reflective professionals who value collaboration and partnership.
  • In March 2010, the College moved into a brand new building—Julka Hall. Named for Bill Julka to honor his $6 million contribution to the University and officially dedicated in October 2010, Julka Hall serves as the eastern gateway to the campus and was designed for maximum collaboration, community, and transparency. The building features a three story atrium, state of the art technology, special nursing teaching classrooms, math and science labs, a Community Learning Center for tutoring Cleveland children, and valuable “collaboration spaces” spread throughout.
  • April 2008 saw the historic opening of the Confucius Institute. CSU partners with Capital University in Beijing and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to promote the use of the Chinese language and appreciation of Chinese culture as well as economic development in Ohio. Central to the work of the Institute is to prepare teachers of Chinese for public and private schools. The Institute also coordinates short and extended exchanges of faculty, teachers and students between China and Ohio.The Center for Urban Education opened in 2010. It serves as an institutional home for CSU faculty and students who conduct research and publish in fields of study and practice related to urban education. The Center carries out four key functions that embody its core mission and activities: (1) serves as the research and development arm of the Campus International School, (2) conducts and disseminates interdisciplinary research and best practices in urban education, (3) provides grant writing and administrative assistance in the pursuit of extra-mural funding, and (4) incubates new programs in the preparation of urban teachers and related professionals who work in urban schools.
  • The Center for Educational Leadership was established in 2008 to develop and sustain inspired leaders for today’s school. The center creates and provides relevant and innovative leadership development and licensure programs for educators in the Cleveland Metropolitan area, the State of Ohio, and across the country.
  • Under its auspices, the college operates the Greater Cleveland Education Development Center to provide for the continuing education of teachers throughout the area.
  • The college leads Ohio in the number of master’s degrees awarded to African Americans and the number of students who have completed adolescent/young adult licensure programs in mathematics and science.
  • The Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) received the Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement from the National Association of Professional Development Schools. (MUST) is an innovative 13-month, selective, field-based graduate teacher education program that prepares secondary teachers committed to teaching mathematics, science, social studies, and English in urban schools.
  • College faculty have collaborated with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to help open the Campus International School, an on-campus alternative school program recognized for high standards and academic rigor. The school incorporates the International Baccalaureate curriculum that focuses on global perspectives and foreign languages, such as Chinese. The school is fully enrolled in 2010-2011 with 120 students in grades K-2.
  • The math and science education faculty launched the new CSUTeach program in 2010-2011. This program allows undergraduate mathematics and science majors to earn a mathematics and/or science degree and teacher licensure in four years. The program streamlines curriculum, provides students the opportunity to explore teaching while taking content courses, and offers early immersion into math and science classrooms. Many CSUTeach students receive scholarship support through grants from the National Science Foundation, Choose Ohio First, and the Robert Noyce Foundation.
  • With active grants in excess of $5.8 million in 2009-2010, the college has maintained its lead at CSU for attracting external funding to support centers of excellence in mathematics/science/technology, literacy, school leadership, urban education, and professional development. These centers along with approximately 50 partnerships provide opportunities for students to work with faculty on field-based research and collaborative initiatives with local schools, community agencies, arts organizations, and health care facilities. In other areas of scholarly productivity, faculty published thirty-eight books, 470 research articles, and 114 book chapters over the past seven years.
  • Since 2003, six education faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar Awards in recognition of their globally acknowledged accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. They are Dr. Maria Angelova, Dr. Joshua Bagaka’s, Dr. Mike Loovis, Dr. Ralph Mawdsley, Dr. Roland Pourdavood, and Dr. Lih-Ching Chen Wang.
  • As the result of a $1 million grant from the Ohio Board of Regents, the college has instituted the Northeast Ohio Center of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teacher Education. This center aims to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in schools and universities through collaboration among four higher education institutions, a variety of K-12 school districts, professional development centers, and the Ohio Resource Center.
  • The CSU Highly Qualified Intervention Specialist Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is designed to enhance the university’s Mild/Moderate teacher preparation program. In addition to addressing issues such as highly qualified teacher status and curriculum alignment, a significant focus for this project is the development of student supports (e.g., orientation advising, peer mentoring program, licensure exam preparation materials, etc.) that are designed to assist teacher candidates with their success as a Mild/Moderate program major. The college uses an electronic portfolio system developed by Cleveland State to provide for continuous assessment and collection of performance data; the e-Portfolio Systems is also used by students to generate employment portfolios that showcase their work.
  • The college has an upper-division program for honors students in education.

Fenn College of Engineering

  • Fenn Academy— This consortium between Fenn College of Engineering and a group of high schools and corporations will boost regional economic development and encourage 9th through 12th grade students to pursue careers in engineering and technology. The academy will provide educational activities, technical support and, when possible, financial means to students throughout their entire educational experience, starting in high school and progressing through their college years. The academy also will provide high school teachers with state-of-the-art technologies, training and access to laboratory facilities.

    Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career Technical District and Middough Consulting Inc. have signed on as academy partners, with other schools and businesses expected to soon follow. Ron Ledin, Middough’s president and CEO, is chairman of Fenn Academy’s Oversight Board. He is a 1968 alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Dr. Bahman Ghorashi is the director of Fenn Academy.

    Fenn Scholars, the students selected for the academy, will study a pre-engineering curriculum that will provide them with the academic and technical competencies required to be automatically admitted to the Fenn College of Engineering when they graduate from high school.

    Fenn Academy’s rigorous academic study, scholarships, co-op opportunities, internships and job-shadowing opportunities will produce a highly educated work force in such emerging fields as fuel cell and biomedical technologies. Fenn Academy will provide Northeast Ohio with engineering professionals who will be motivated to stay in the region when they graduate, providing the skills and knowledge to help area employers compete in the global market. The first class of students began studies in the Fenn Academy in Fall 2006.
  • Cleveland State Named University Transportation Center (UTC) – Cleveland State’s UTC will focus exclusively on the critical issue of work zone safety and has strong support from the Ohio Department of Transportation, industry organizations, general contractors, highway construction firms and unions.

    Housed in our Fenn College of Engineering, the UTC will be a key player in helping the heavy highway construction industry increase safety without sacrificing efficiency within construction work zones across the nation and will be a vital regional source of transportation engineering talent for the heavy highway industry.
  • Dr. Charles Alexander, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, saw the second edition of his textbook Fundamentals of Electric Circuits, with co-author Matthew N.O. Sadiku, published by McGraw Hill in 2004. The text has been published in English, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. It is intended for use in the introductory circuit analysis or circuit theory course taught in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology programs.
  • The Donald Bently and Agnes Muszynska Endowed Chair in Rotating Machinery was created with a $1 million gift from Dr. Donald E. Bently, P.E., a globally recognized authority on rotor dynamics and vibration monitoring and diagnostics, and Agnes Muszynska, Ph.D., an internationally renowned scientist in the area of machinery dynamics. The Bently and Muszynska Chair has been awarded to Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki, professor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Mrs. Betty Gordon committed a $ 1million gift to create the Betty L. Gordon Alternative Energy Reseach Endowment and the Betty L. Gordon Endowed Distinguished Professorship in the Fenn College of Engineering. Dr. Majid Rashidi has been named the Betty L. Gordon Endowed Distinguished Professor for his work in the wind energy field. The Gordon Endowments will help advance Dr. Rashidi’s research and design in wind turbines.
  • The course ESC 102 entitled Technical Writing and Professional Communication has been recently added as an ESC course. This is an approved substitute course for College Writing II (ENG 102). In ESC 102, the students will learn writing and communication skills that will better serve them in their academic studies and later in their engineering careers.
  • Dr. Bahman Ghorashi, Dean of Engineering, has recently published a book to help students succeed in life. As a scientist and faculty member, Professor Ghorashi spends much of his time researching and teaching such topics as laser anemometry, agile manufacturing and fluid mechanics. But as an individual who is passionate about helping young people succeed in life, he has written a self-help book that he hopes will become a must-read for teens and young adults. How to Become an Exceptionally Successful Young Person: A Guide to Early Planning and a Roadmap to Success PLUS How to Face Worry, Defeat, and Uncertainty and Rise Above Them All was published by Universe Inc. in Fall 2004.
  • Dr. Paul Lin, Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received a prestigious Leadership Award from the Cleveland Engineering Society (CES). The award was presented to him in the annual CES meeting on June 17, 2009.
  • PPG Industries awards $5.8 million in patents to Cleveland State University. PPG and CSU’s collaboration in engineering technology afford unique research and learning opportunities for Cleveland State faculty and students. PPG’s donation includes more than 19 U.S. and worldwide patents and know-how related to the highly regarded “P10”process. This technology, developed over the past two decades, has demonstrated superior, energy-efficient glass processing that can be applied to all glass products including glass fiber, containers, and tableware and has potential impact on a wide range of products and processes beyond the glass industry. The innovative science behind the donated technology has the potential to transform the glass industry dramatically by reducing the energy consumed in forming glass into products and revitalizing the U.S. and particularly Ohio’s, glass industry, which provides jobs for over 10,000 highly trained employees and contributes over $7 billion in sales annually.
  • The Fenn College of Engineering is proud to have nine Professional Society Fellows. Fellow is the highest honor in recognizing achievements and contributions to a profession. The nine fellows are: Dr. Charles Alexander, Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Dr. Paul Bosela, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), Dr. Nobert Delatte, Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI); Dr. Stephen Duffy, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE); Dr. Yung-Tse Hung, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE); Dr. Mounir Ibrahim, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME); Dr. Paul Lin, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME); Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME); Dr. Surendra Tewari, Fellow of American Society for Metals (ASM).
  • The Fenn College of Engineering of CSU is the lead institution in receiving funds ($474,700) for a project entitled Engineering across the Pipelines under the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program, the state’s premier model for recruiting and retaining talented Ohio residents as students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEM).
  • In order to develop a closer partnership between the Fenn College of Engineering and industry, the College has recently formed Fenn Research and Development Institute (FRDI) which is structured to be a one-stop engineering R&D support entity involving expert faculty, engaged students, dedicated staff and physical facilities. The Institute has four major units, namely:
    1. Industry Joint Research Projects
    2. Service Learning
    3. Industry Services and Contracts
    4. Industry Outreach

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • The college has over 140 faculty members in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; almost all hold a Ph.D., M.F.A., or other terminal degree in their field. Several faculty have been Fulbright, Guggenheim or Woodrow Wilson Fellows. As active researchers, CLASS faculty publish an average of 15 books and dozens of articles and book chapters each year.
  • Faculty have received awards from the Council on Graduate Schools, the National Endowment for the Humanities, IREX, the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Rome Prize, and other external entities.
  • The college is home or host to a number of research and cultural centers, including:
    • Art Gallery: presents exhibitions of student and faculty art, and special exhibits of artists who are recognized internationally and nationally.
    • Black Studies Program: includes the African American Cultural Center and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
    • Bioethics Center and certificate program: maintains a collaboration with the Bio-Ethics Network of Ohio (BENO).
    • The Butler Jones Endowed Lecture Series presents contemporary sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity. An annual student scholarship is also awarded.
    • Center for Arts and Innovation with foci on dance and movement, creative words and music, and creative thought.
    • The Center for Public History and Digital Humanities is focused on bringing together individuals and scholarship in history, education, library and information sciences and technology in order to better serve the public.
    • The Center for Slovenian Studies: supports Slovenian language study and cultural outreach for the local Slovenian community.
    • The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium promotes and strengthens art education in Northeast Ohio and advocates on behalf of arts learning.
    • Cleveland Contemporary Players: an artist in residence program within the Music Department dedicated to performance of new works by living composers.
    • The Cleveland Stater: campus newspaper produced by journalism students in the School of Communication.
    • Communication Research Center in the School of Communication: to serve area businesses and organizations, featuring focus groups and a computer-aided telephone interview (CATI) system.
    • Criminology Research Center: conducts research and data analysis in order to provide public and government agencies with sound fact-based knowledge that can be used to inform public policy.
    • Cultural Crossings interdisciplinary lecture series: four lectures a year by nationally known scholars or artists.
    • Imagination: a yearly summer writers’ conference.
    • Indian Scholar Program: sponsors a visiting scholar from India in alternate years.
    • Poetry Center: nationally recognized press that publishes new books by poets.
    • Theater: public productions in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

College of Sciences and Health Professions

  • Over 40 undergraduate programs leading to degrees are available, including various specialization and track options.
  • More than 100 full-time faculty teach in the college.
  • Faculty are authors of internationally acclaimed textbooks and research papers, including the most successful physics textbook ever written.
  • Faculty have received nationally competitive awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association, among many others, for their innovative research. Faculty have also been awarded patents.
  • Faculty members have been recognized as Fulbright and Carnegie Scholars.
  • Students participate in research and study at Cleveland State, as well as at such institutions as the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute; the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; and an array of local service, education, and health agencies.
  • Individual academic advising assistance is provided by professional advisers as well as by faculty members within the academic departments.
  • Cleveland State students enjoy preferential admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), with NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy reserving seats in each entering class for qualified Cleveland State students.
  • Cleveland State students have the opportunity to participate in an MD partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), focusing on urban health initiatives.
  • A 3 + 4 articulation agreement exists with the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. This program consists of three years of pre-professional study at Cleveland State, and for qualifying students, four years of study at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) to receive a doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from KSUCPM. Students may apply for a B.S. in Biology or Health Sciences upon completion of required B.S. course work during their first year(s) of study at KSUCPM.
  • Health Science, Speech and Hearing, and Psychology undergraduate programs prepare students excellently for entering highly reputable Cleveland State graduate programs. High passing rates are reported for the licensure examinations in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Hearing, and School Psychology.
  • Evening majors are offered in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. Selected evening classes are also offered by other departments.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with Cleveland State faculty are available, and students have the opportunity to present research at scientific conferences.
  • Most departments have an honors program.

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

  • The college ranks among the top 10 urban affairs schools in the United States.
  • U.S. News and World Report’s 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2013 editions of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranked the MPA program specialization, city management and urban policy, second in the nation.
  • The 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report rayed the MPA specialization, Nonprofit Management, 12th in the nation.
  • Many of the outstanding faculty have national and international reputations for scholarship and community engagement.
  • Ninety-seven percent of the full-time faculty have doctorate degrees.
  • Alumni of the college in public management include two mayors of Cleveland, several Cleveland City Council members, numerous suburban mayors, city managers, planning directors, police and fire chiefs/officers, and emergency management personnel.
  • Alumni currently hold executive or leadership positions in public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations such as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Cleveland Metroparks, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Key Bank, Ernst & Young, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic, University Circle, Inc., and many community development, as well as federal and state, agencies.
  • The college’s degree and certificate programs attract students of many backgrounds and age groups who are passionate about revitalizing their communities. Urban Affairs graduates are making a difference in their community, the region, the state of Ohio, and the nation.
  • Hands-on learning that engages students in the community is an outstanding feature of the majors at the Levin College.
  • In required internships, students work to find solutions to real problems faced by local agencies and governments. Internships provide students with work experience in their field of study and often lead to placement upon graduation.
  • Many online courses are offered, as well as interactive video distance learning courses. Traditional classes are offered at convenient times during the day, evening, and weekend at CSU’s downtown campus and at Lakeland Community College and Lorain County Community College.
  • The Levin College of Urban Affairs confers the Bachelor of Arts degree with major programs in:
    • Urban Studies
    • Nonprofit Administration
    • Public Safety Management
    • Environmental Studies
    • Organizational Leadership
  • The college offers three five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s programs:
    • BA/MPA
    • BA/MA (Environmental Studies)
    • BA/MNAL (Nonprofit Administration and Leadership)
  • Students in any discipline may elect to pursue a minor in Sustainable Urban Development, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, or Nonprofit Administration.
  • The college offers undergraduate certificate programs in Public Management, Sustainable Urban Development, and Geographic Information Systems.
  • The college offers Cleveland State’s only credit-for-life-experience opportunity through its Accreditation and Assessment of Prior Learning Experience (AAPLE) program. Students receive undergraduate academic credit for substantial life experience that is related to urban affairs and is documented through a portfolio process.
  • Degree Completion Programs are available for graduates of community colleges with degrees in law enforcement, fire science, emergency management, paralegal studies, business, public administration, environmental health and safety, and human services to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree through articulation agreements between their college and the Levin College. These programs are also open to those who have some college credits or have received credit through the AAPLE program.
  • The college’s Office of Student Services provides academic advising, coordination of internships, graduate assistantships, and scholarship awards.
  • Career development services are offered to current students and alumni through mentoring programs, resume review, and job referrals.
  • The Levin College confers the following graduate degrees:
    • Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs
    • M.A. in Environmental Studies
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL)
    • Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development (MUPDD)
    • M.S. in Urban Studies
    • Dual degrees in conjunction with the College of Law:
      • JD/MPA
      • JD/MUPDD
      • JD/MA (Environmental Studies)
  • The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
  • The Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development (MUPDD) program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
  • The Urban Center is the largest resource in the state dedicated to urban policy research.  Its major research and practice areas include:
    • Center for Community Planning and Development
    • Center for Economic Development
    • Center for the Next Generation Economy
    • Center for Emergency Preparedness
    • Center for Energy Policy
    • Center for Leadership Development
    • Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC)
    • Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice
    • Public Management Program
    • Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service
    • Demographic and Geographic Data and Analysis
    • Northern Ohio Data and Information Services (NODIS)
  • The Levin College Forum is a focal point and catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing the critical urban issues that impact Northeast Ohio, the state, and the nation. All Forum programs are open to the community and CSU students, faculty and staff. In 2005, the Forum was recognized by Northern Ohio Live as “a springboard for economic and social progress throughout the region.” Issues ranging from affordable housing to sustainable development are presented at the forum.
  • Glickman-Miller Hall, completed in 2000, is home to the college. Forum programs meet in the spacious Roberta Steinbacher atrium, which is equipped to broadcast television, satellite, and two-way interactive programs. Within the building are technology-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms, a distance-learning room, computer labs, and an interactive media lab.
  • The Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D. Exhibition Gallery houses special exhibits prepared by the college to honor local artists.

School of Nursing

  • Programs
    • The SON offers an undergraduate curriculum in professional nursing leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), along with a graduate curriculum which allows nurses to earn the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The undergraduate curriculum is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, and all programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN curriculum is community-based, while the MSN curriculum has a population health focus. All programs align with the University’s strategic focus on Health Professions as well as national trends for healthcare. The SON is helping to meet community needs for professional nurses, especially those prepared at the baccalaureate level.
    • The SON also offers a specialization track in “Nursing Education” as part of the College of Education and Human Services’ PhD in Urban Education degree. The goal of this PhD program is to prepare faculty for Schools of Nursing to help alleviate the severe nationwide shortage of nursing faculty.
    • There are three different tracks through which students can earn a BSN degree:
      • Basic BSN Track – Students apply to this track after completing prerequisite courses. Cohorts of 80 students are admitted as sophomores each fall to this six semester cohort program which requires three years to complete, not including summer sessions. Students in this program are primarily recent high school graduates or those without significant college course work. Some students are LPNs. Students take both nursing courses and their general education university requirements.
      • Accelerated Option (AO) Track – This track is a second degree program; to enter, students must have earned a previous baccalaureate degree and have completed the same pre-requisite courses as basic students. These students take the same Nursing courses as basic students; however the AO program is condensed into four intense consecutive full-time semesters including summer. Students begin in January and graduate in May of the following year. We admit 80 students to this track each year.
      • RN to BSN Track – This program admits licensed RNs who wish to earn a BSN degree. In addition to upper division nursing courses, they must also meet university requirements for a baccalaureate degree. In response to requests from students, as almost all nurses enrolled in this track are also working, in Fall of 2008 the SON converted the entire RN to BSN Track to an online delivery with the exception of two practicum experiences.
    • The MSN program was begun in 2000 and is currently also delivered completely online with the exception of practicum experiences which are individually arranged. The MSN program offers the following tracks:
      • Specialized Population
      • Forensic Nursing
      • Clinical Nurse Leader
      • Nursing Education
      • MSN/MBA (with the College of Business)
    • The SON also offers the following programs:
      • School Nurse Licensure – in partnership with the College of Education and Human Services
      • Nursing Education Certificate – for nurses with graduate degrees who are interested in becoming educators
      • Gerontology Certificate – offered at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level in cooperation with the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work and the School of Health Sciences
  • Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are calculated for cohorts in each degree track. The graduation rates since Fall 2004 are:
Basic BSN – graduation rates range from 82 to 98%
Accelerated Option – graduation rates range from 85 – *113%
RN to BSN – graduation rates range from 64 to 100%

*Percentage is greater than 100% since some students who took a leave of
absence from the program rejoined a subsequent cohort.

Students in the MSN program typically take a part-time route as they maintain employment. Thus graduation rate calculations would not provide useful information.

  • NCLEX-RN® Pass Rates

The SON is proud of it graduates. The Ohio Board of Nursing has set a benchmark pass rate standard of 95% of the national average. The National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) pass rates for CSU graduates, sitting for the exam for the first time, consistently exceed Ohio’s benchmark.

  • Faculty

The members of the SON Faculty possess an impressive array of expertise. In addition to academic credentials, they have also achieved national certification in a wide variety of specialties. That expertise enriches the preparation of our students. Please see faculty profiles online for details. They are available on our website at www.csuohio.edu/nursing.

  • Facilities

The SON is housed primarily in one of CSU’s newest buildings, Julka Hall. Two state of the art classrooms which each accommodate 80 students allow for didactic courses to be presented to an entire cohort of students at the same time. The SON also has an interactive audio-video lab in Julka Hall as well as a critical care simulation lab. We are also fortunate to have an outstanding state of the art nursing resource laboratory (NRL), which is housed in seven individual rooms in the Chester Building. The NRL provides hands on experiences that are an integral part of our curriculum. In the lab, students are able to safely learn and practice complex skills in preparation for performing them with real patients. Full time staff members guide students, verify learned competencies, and are available six days a week for questions and guidance with learning skills and practice.

  • Continuing Professional Education

In addition to academic degrees and certificates, the SON is also an approved provider of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) through the Ohio Nurses Association. CSU has been offering a highly regarded Nursing Refresher Course since 1975 along with many other CNE programs to help nurses stay current in their practice. See our website for current details.

  • Grants
    • The SON consistently works to provide scholarship support for students. We make students aware of grant and scholarship opportunities through our website and through our online undergraduate and graduate communities. We have been fortunate to have obtained a number of grants to support our students. These include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing funding, Choose Ohio First Grants, two HRSA grants—the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to assist graduate students in becoming nurse educators and the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.
    • In addition, faculty members seek other research grants. Recently several grants have been awarded which support the education of patients/clients on self-care management, the education of nursing and social work students on the key concepts to successful management of Medicaid clients, and the use of Human Patient Simulation to increase critical thinking skills of new nursing graduates.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Founded 1897
  • The first law school in Ohio to admit women
  • One of the first law schools in Ohio to admit minorities
  • Accredited by the American Bar Association since 1957
  • Member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1970
  • Forty-seven full-time faculty, including legal writing and clinical professors
  • Four named professorships, including the Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Endowed Professorship, the Charles R. Emrick Jr. – Calfee, Halter & Griswold Endowed Professorship, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professorship, and the Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law
  • Second highest pass rate among Ohio law schools for first-time takers of the July 2007 Ohio Bar Exam
  • Two student-edited journals: The Cleveland State Law Review and The Journal of Law and Health
  • ABA prize-winning student newspaper: The Gavel
  • Five clinics: Community Health Advocacy Clinic, Employment Law Clinic, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Fair Housing Clinic, and Urban Development Law Clinic
  • Full- and part-time degree programs leading to J.D. and LL.M. degrees; joint degree programs leading to J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.A., J.D./M.A.E.S., J.D./M.S.E.S., and J.D./M.U.P.D.D.
  • Concentrations in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Employment and Labor Law, and International and Comparative Law
  • Externships including state and federal Judicial Externships, U.S. Attorney Externship, Public Interest Externships with the Federal Public Defender, Cuyahoga County Public Defender and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, among other placements, and student-designed Independent Externships.
  • Summer Institute for Law Students in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Lecture series including the Cleveland-Marshall Fund Visiting Scholars Program, the Criminal Justice Forum, the Employment and Labor Law Speakers Series, the Forrest B. Weinberg Memorial Lecture Series, and the Baker-Hostetler Visiting Scholar Lectures
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Programs
  • Newly renovated and expanded building, including state-of-the-art Law Library, housing the state’s second largest law collection
  • Fourteen “high-tech” classrooms, including the Joseph W. Bartunek III Moot Court Room
  • Over 20 student organizations, serving the interests of a diverse and engaged student body