Winter 2016– Volume IX, Issue 2 NSPAA Voice | Page 13

HBCUs Latest Extramural Awards Central State University Receives more than $4M for Agricultural Research, Extension and Education New Programs Planned for 2016 Central State University received $4.4M from the state of Ohio for agriculture research and extension initiatives as part of the FY2016-FY2017 budget bill signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich. It is the first major support by the state of Ohio of the University’s Land-Grant initiatives. These funds are part of a state match requirement resulting from Central State University's (CSU) designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution and will fuel the capacity expansion of agriculture and agricultural related research ($1.85M each year) and extension services ($350K each year). The University will continue to build on its highly regarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programming by adding academic degrees, concentrations and certificate programs in agriculture. Also aligning with the Land Grant mission, the University has launched a new Department of Agriculture within the College of Science & Engineering that will offer a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (Fall 2016). Students selecting this major will have the added benefit of participating in meaningful research, with qualified faculty, that will serve Ohio and have national and international implications. Separate funding will enable the College of Education to establish a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science. Bachelor of Science degrees will be offered in Agricultural Education and in Extension Education. Additionally, a new certificate program focused on preparing students for Future Farmers of America (FFA) certification is under development. These programs are designed to increase the talent pool of agriculture educators and industry specialists and are planned for Fall, 2016. “Central State University is excited about integrating the Land Grant mission with our mission and appreciates the support from the state,” said Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It is because of President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond’s leadership and others who have supported Central State University that the University is in the position to impact the lives of people in Ohio.” Central State University received its historic federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution on February 7, 2014.