KSU joins Campus Compact

In February‚ Kennesaw State University joined the national ranks of colleges and universities…

Georgia (Mar 5, 2001) — KSU joins Campus Compact

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In February‚ Kennesaw State University joined the national ranks of colleges and universities dedicated to service by becoming a member of Campus Compact.



Campus Compact is a national coalition of college and university presidents committed to creating supportive academic environments for community service. Formed in 1985‚ Campus Compact promotes service that develops students' citizenship skills and values‚ encourages campus−to−community partnerships‚ and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.



"KSU has long been a proponent of civic involvement‚" KSU President Betty Siegel said. " We encourage students to engage in realistic tasks‚ in real world problem solving to enhance their learning experience. Since our campus−wide theme for 2000−2001 has been the 'Year of Engagement‚' it is particularly significant that we join Campus Compact at this time."



Each year‚ students at Campus Compact member campuses spend more than 22 million hours participating in community service. Much of this work is done through everyday course work known as service−learning.



"It is wonderful for students to have the opportunity to apply academic knowledge through service to the community‚" Director of Service−Learning at KSU‚ Dick Grover said. " We look forward to drawing on the resources of Campus Compact to help provide this type of learning experience to every KSU student."



Over the years‚ almost 35 percent of KSU faculty members‚ in all six academic colleges‚ have incorporated service−learning and other types of service activities into their curriculum‚ according to information gathered by the KSU Learn and Serve Center.



"We would like every faculty member at KSU to have the opportunity to integrate community service into their curriculum‚" Grover said.



Campus Compact consists of approximately 690 colleges and universities in the nation. Kennesaw State University joins as the eleventh Campus Compact member from the state of Georgia.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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