As a land-grant university, The Ohio State University has research centers throughout the state and Extension offices in all 88 counties. OSU Extension takes the resources of Ohio State to every county. Ohio State is a member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. This is defined as public urban research university located in metropolitan areas with populations of 450,000 or greater and who demonstrate a commitment to their urban areas. Ohio State was also recognized for community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for its extensive engagement programming and how its mission, culture, curriculum, and resources support high-impact community engagement. Universities play a Foundational Role of Universities as Anchor Institutions in Urban Development. Universities also link with the New Urban Agenda and foster innovation through programs such as the MetroLab Network, a City + University Collaborative for Urban Innovation.
OSU Extension addresses Ohio’s urban influence and the unique aspects of Extension in and around Ohio’s largest cities. The following are essential elements.
• Positioning: Extension's engagement in relevant communications and locations for Extension at the neighborhood, city, county, and regional levels.
• Programs: How Extension leads, collaborates, and innovates to addresses the multitude of issues and priorities in the city.
• Personnel: How Extension attracts, develops, retains, and structures competent talent that reflects the diversity of audiences and issues in the city.
• Partnerships: Extension's collaboration to leverage resources for collective impact.
The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State serves as a bridge across academia, industry, and the policy sector by providing spatial analysis of economic, social, environmental, and health issues in urban and regional settings in Ohio and beyond.
The C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy leads a nationally and internationally recognized research and outreach program focused on priority issues related to rural and urban communities and their growth. The Swank Program conducts and supports research, teaching, and outreach within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and Ohio State University Extension.
Other Ohio State resources: Knowlton School of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Urban Arts Space, University District Campus Partners, Department of Geography, Urban Regional, and Global Studies
Research in regional, urban, and development economics policy is to lead a nationally and internationally recognized research and outreach program focused on priority issues related to rural and urban communities and their growth. OSU Department of Agricultural, Developmental, and Economics.