Kennesaw State receives grant to increase the number of African−American males in higher education

Kennesaw State University has received a $30‚000 grant from the Board of Regents of the University…

Georgia (Nov 7, 2005) — Kennesaw State receives grant to increase the number of African−American males in higher education

Stacey Moore

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations
770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

Kennesaw State University has received a $30‚000 grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to boost the college enrollment‚ retention and graduation rates of African−American males.

Kennesaw State is one of just 10 USG institutions to be selected for funding and is the only one to be awarded $30‚000 – the highest amount possible. KSU is providing a $30‚000 match for the project.

The grant will support the KSU African−American Male Initiative‚ which involves partnering with two Cobb County high schools – South Cobb High School and Marietta High School – and two civic/education organizations – Blacks United for Youth Leadership Academy and Delta Upsilon Boule – in an effort to improve the college preparedness of students from the participating schools. The funding will also be used to implement a KSU Summer Bridge Preparatory Program‚ to continue extensive mentoring initiatives and to establish a learning community for African−American males.

Although enrollment rates have increased for all African−Americans at KSU from 2.6 percent in 1983 to 10.1 percent in 2004‚ there is still a marked disparity when it comes to gender. While KSU’s undergraduate enrollment is about 61 percent female and 39 percent male‚ the gender breakdown for African−American students is about 70 percent female and 30 percent male. African−American male enrollment has declined from 3.2 percent in fall 2002 to 3 percent in fall 2004.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 

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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