Kennesaw State receives Goizueta Foundation grant

The Goizueta Foundation recently approved a grant of $1 million to Kennesaw State University.

Georgia (May 29, 2001) — Kennesaw State receives Goizueta Foundation grant

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The Goizueta Foundation recently approved a grant of $1 million to Kennesaw State University. The grant will be used to establish and endow The Goizueta Foundation Distinguished Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education and to establish and endow The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund.



The Goizueta Foundation was established in 1992 by Roberto C. Goizueta‚ chairman of the board of directors and CEO of The Coca−Cola Company until his death in 1997‚ to provide financial assistance to educational and charitable institutions. The foundation aims to support educational programs that promote sustainable change and have a long−term impact in the community.



"We commend The Goizueta Foundation for their comprehensive vision for education‚" said Betty L. Siegel‚ president of Kennesaw State. "Because of their generosity‚ we will be able not only to impact the education of preschool children‚ so they enter our school systems better prepared‚ we will also be able to impact the diversity of the very school classrooms they will enter by recruiting more Hispanic/Latino students into education."



The endowed chair will allow Kennesaw State to become the first institution in the state to develop a certificate program to train day care center directors. With legislators recognizing that efforts to improve secondary education are limited if students are underdeveloped before they enter a classroom‚ current state standards for preschool education are likely to soon come under scrutiny. The Leland H. and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education leadership believes it should be a priority for the college to position itself to meet these upcoming needs in early childhood education.



One way for KSU to meet the need for higher standards is by developing a new curriculum to certify day care directors. "Many day care directors have degrees in areas other than education and have been asking us for training. Through this certificate program‚ directors would gain the skills necessary to lead and to improve the standards of their day care centers‚" said Ann Smith‚ interim dean‚ Bagwell College of Education. "We are grateful to The Goizueta Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to move forward in this critical area."



The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund will provide need−based scholarship assistance annually to Hispanic/Latino students whose families currently reside in the United States‚ with preference given to students entering the Bagwell College of Education. "We are very excited about the scholarship fund‚" said Robert L. Driscoll‚ chair of the department of early childhood and elementary education. "With the growing Hispanic population in our area‚ this comes at the perfect time."



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Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 13‚500‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.






A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 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. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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