KSU President Daniel S. Papp delivers Inaugural “State of the University Address"

Daniel S. Papp outlined the challenges and opportunities ahead for the state’s third−largest university during the “Inaugural State of the University Address” that he delivered to two separate audiences Wednesday. With the recent‚ positive visit of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as part of the reaffirmation of KSU’s accreditation‚ plus the continuation of many important initiatives and programs at the university‚ the time was right to initiate the address as an annual tradition at Kennesaw State‚ Papp said. The president delivered his remarks at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the campus’ Stillwell Theater to accommodate faculty’s and students’ schedules. Papp also delivered the address the next day to more than 250 attendees during the university’s All Board’s Day activities.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Mar 28, 2007) — Daniel S. Papp outlined the challenges and opportunities ahead for the state’s third−largest university during the “Inaugural State of the University Address” that he delivered to two separate audiences Wed.‚ March 28.

With the recent‚ positive visit of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as part of the reaffirmation of KSU’s accreditation‚ plus the continuation of many important initiatives and programs at the university‚ the time was right to initiate the address as an annual tradition at Kennesaw State‚ Papp said.

The president delivered his remarks at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the campus’ Stillwell Theater to accommodate faculty’s and students’ schedules. Papp also delivered the address the next day to more than 250 attendees during the university’s All Board’s Day activities.

During the two addresses‚ Papp shared the highlights and key points of KSU’s new 2007−2012 Strategic Plan‚ a roadmap for the institution’s improvement and growth over the next five years.

The strategic plan is anchored on five key goals for the institution and 50 action steps to ensure the success of those ambitious goals.

“This strategic plan is ambitious‚” Papp stated. “It will require hard work‚ tight focus‚ tough decisions and additional resources.” He also noted that the actions steps are critical‚ because that is “where the rubber meets the road.”

But the president concluded that the university community is more than up to the task of meeting the challenges outlined in the strategic plan. “I am confident that we will succeed‚” Papp said. “KSU’s future is exceedingly bright. Every parameter of measurement is on an upward trajectory.”

The new Strategic Plan’s first goal includes expanding academic programs and delivery. Achieving this goal will require the university to decrease the student/faculty ratio‚ as well as adding degree programs that are strategically important to Georgia and the nation.

Papp said possibilities included offering new programs in environmental sciences and policy at the undergraduate level‚ as well as doctorates in business administration‚ nursing sciences‚ computer science‚ and leadership and policy.

Expanding the delivery of programs also means offering more courses off−site and online‚ Papp said. For example‚ the Michael J. Coles College of Business‚ which currently offers its MBA at Cobb Galleria and in Dalton‚ is working on developing a site to deliver courses in the Georgia−based suburbs of Chattanooga‚ Tenn.‚ as well as starting a completely online Bachelor of Business Administration program within the next year.

KSU also is in discussion with other state public institutions regarding partnerships to offer undergraduate degrees outside of Cobb County. University officials also are exploring offering some continuing education courses at the Cobb Galleria‚ Papp said.

Expanding campus resources and improving the infrastructure also are priorities‚ Papp said‚ as KSU’s campus needs to grow to handle the burgeoning population of nearly 20‚000 students and more than 2‚000 faculty and staff. These goals will be met through a comprehensive capital campaign to be launched later this year‚ as well as development of proposed classrooms‚ laboratories and residence halls.

Growth and construction won’t be easy‚ he said. There will be significant changes in parking‚ traffic and transportation‚ not to mention the noise and dust of construction.

“This will be a challenge for all of us‚ but the reality is that we have no choice‚” Papp said. “We are growing‚ and we are both expected and mandated to grow more . . . We have limited space‚ and increased demands are being placed on us . . . But‚ given the quality and dedication of the people we have‚ KSU is more than up to the challenge.”

Papp also highlighted goals focused on enhancing student life and better preparing students to be leaders‚ in addition to the imperatives to improve service‚ strengthen accountability and establish a stronger sense of community.

During the two addresses‚ Papp applauded the efforts of those who prepared for the recent visit of the SACS On−Site Reaccreditation Team — nine academic leaders who visited KSU March 19−21 as a part of KSU’s effort to reaffirm its accreditation for the next decade with SACS. The team examined KSU’s compliance with SACS rules and regulations‚ looked at KSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan focusing on global learning opportunities‚ and also examined the university’s first doctoral program — the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

The university “performed with flying colors” during the SACS visit‚ Papp said.


ONLINE PRESS KIT:

To download a publication−ready photograph of Papp‚ please visit http://acsdevl.kennesaw.edu/access/gallery/pres_papp.jpg.


To view Papp’s “Inagural State of the University Address” in Microsoft Word format‚ please visit www.kennesaw.edu/address.


To view the 2007−2012 Strategic Plan in Adobe PDF format‚ please visit www.kennesaw.edu/strategicplan.


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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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