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.
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Gene Mays

“The thing that impressed me was that the kids said they had a better understanding of what their parents go through. If you want your kids to have the opportunity to walk through your shoes, get them to Real Money, Real World”

Gene Mays
North College Hill, Hamilton County

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Farm Bill Question and Answer Sessions Scheduled for 2014 Farm Science Review
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the passage of the 2014 farm bill, which authorizes U.S. agricultural and nutrition programs through 2018, major changes are coming to crop safety net programs, said an economist from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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Ohio State University Extension embraces human diversity and is committed to ensuring that all research and related educational programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. This statement is in accordance with United States Civil Rights Laws and the USDA.

Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration; Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Director, Ohio State University Extension; and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership.

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