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OSU Extension

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Mission, Vision and Values


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


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

  • Focus on critical economic, environmental, leadership, and 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.

In Extension we value:

  • Excellence in educational programming.

  • Grassroots programs that engage local people in solving problems and addressing challenges.

  • Unbiased researched 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.