KSU ranked one of nation’s top publicly engaged institutions

"The publicly engaged institution is fully committed to direct‚ two−way interaction with communities and other external constituencies through the development‚ exchange and application of knowledge‚ information and expertise for mutual benefit."

Georgia (Dec 9, 2002) — The publicly engaged institution is fully committed to direct‚ two−way interaction with communities and other external constituencies through the development‚ exchange and application of knowledge‚ information and expertise for mutual benefit."



That is how the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) defines institutions that model engagement and stewardship. In a just released report‚ "Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place‚" AASCU ranked Kennesaw State University third in the nation for its public engagement activities.



"Stewardship is‚ to me‚ what we’re all about‚" President Betty L. Siegel said. "It is truly in the best sense of the word‚ what we do — outreach."



Out of the 394 AASCU institutions surveyed‚ Kennesaw State was selected one of only six institutions to receive a follow−up site visit on the basis of its public engagement activities.



According to the report‚ the top score assigned to any institution was 110. KSU’s score was 107‚ ranked third just behind Arizona State University West (108) and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (108).



To celebrate the AASCU ranking‚ the Center for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character — one of KSU’s newest centers — hosted a "Showcase of KSU Centers‚" Nov. 12. Thirty−seven of KSU's centers were represented at the showcase‚ exhibiting examples of the university’s work in the larger community to the campus community and other guests.



"The (AASCU) report’s message is that if institutions are to be effectively engaged with their communities and regions‚ they cannot do so with activities at the margin‚" CLEC Director Judith Stillion said. "Engagement must become a core value of the institution and be incorporated into all key activities of the enterprise."



Among the centers represented at the showcase was the Center for Violence Prevention and Intervention. The center was formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11‚ in response to the community’s request for an anti−violence initiative.



"Before this showcase‚ nobody knew how many centers we have or what they’re doing‚" Siegel said. "The first thing I heard when I walked in this afternoon was‚ ‘We didn’t know that.’ What a wonderful opportunity this is for networking and further collaboration."




 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 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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