OSU Extension

Connecting The Ohio State University to Ohioans Ohio State University Extension OSU Extension [http://extension.osu.edu]

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.

Our Vision

OSU Extension is a dynamic educational entity that partners with individuals, families, communities, business and industry, and organizations to strengthen the lives of Ohioans.

In Extension, we value:

  • Excellence in educational programming.
  • Grassroots programs that engage local people in solving problems and addressing challenges.
  • Unbiased research-based information.
  • Practical education that helps people help themselves.
  • Timely responses to clientele concerns.
  • Credibility with clientele and funders.
  • Honesty and integrity in our work.
  • Teamwork within offices, with clientele, and with our educational partners.
  • Flexibility/adaptability in local programming.
  • Programming without discrimination, and employment of people representing the diverse population of Ohio.

As Extension educators, we:

  • Focus on critical economic, environmental, leadership, youth, and family issues.
  • Engage people in lifelong learning.
  • Apply knowledge and practical research to the diverse needs and interests of Ohioans in rural, suburban, and urban communities.
  • Extend resources of The Ohio State University.
  • Recruit and develop volunteers to multiply Extension's efforts while developing their leadership potential.
  • Enhance teamwork through networking and connectedness.
  • Link youth, family, and community needs to scholars in Ohio and nationwide.
  • Teach with cutting-edge strategies using new technologies and approaches.

OSU Extension:

  • Addresses both urban and rural social and economic issues.
  • Works to enhance and sustain the environment and quality of place in Ohio, helping to attract human capital and new ventures.
  • Emphasizes youth development and leadership, helping to provide the next generation of new economy workers and leaders.
  • Has a track record of applying technology to agricultural production. This enhances marketing and productivity to help Ohio compete in the highly competitive, global marketplace.