Relevance and Impacts

The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) refers to programs as “how Extension addresses the multitude of issues and priorities in the city.” Programs are defined many ways throughout Extension, ranging from a single event to an issue-specific initiative, or Extension’s primary program areas of 4-H youth development, agriculture and natural resources, community development, and family and consumer sciences.


Addressing the multitude of issues and priorities in densely populated communities requires OSU Extension to leverage the breadth and depth of university and community resources to catalyze discovery and innovation. OSU Extension’s current priorities link with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) focus areas and Extension’s integrated program areas.

Program Goals

Engage diverse audiences through strategic approaches to programming and related products, events, services, and projects. 

  1. Assess existing program planning processes, programs, and impacts in Ohio’s urban communities. This includes data on audiences served through programs and related products, events, services, and projects.
  2. Establish strategy sub-groups and intentional approaches to address OSU Extension program areas and priorities (e.g. urban agriculture).
  3. Connect internal expertise with local issues by refining systems to support connections among personnel at the statewide, Columbus, and Wooster campuses for innovative transdisciplinary solutions. 
  4. Explore inclusive civic engagement models and create a diverse group of grassroot and grass top organizers that can promote, co-facilitate, and connect with residents in urban communities, including historically neglected populations. 
  5. Integrate community assessments and impact reporting into program plans of work that are relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally. 

National Impacts

Land-Grant Impacts

National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs and Assets