Kennesaw State University’s First−Year Experience program is nationally ranked as one of the best for student success

For the fourth consecutive year‚ Kennesaw State ranks among the nation’s best institutions for its First−Year Experience program in the U.S.News & World Report annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition. Listed under the “Programs to Look For” section of the report‚ KSU is the only Georgia institution listed among 40 colleges and universities that include Penn State‚ University of Maryland‚ Dartmouth and Yale.When most freshmen arrive on a college campus‚ they know few‚ if any‚ fellow classmates‚ neither can they imagine the challenges that college life will present. Kennesaw State University recognized this fact six years ago and implemented what has become one of the most successful first−year experience programs in the nation. (For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Aug 22, 2007) — For the fourth consecutive year‚ Kennesaw State ranks among the nation’s best institutions for its First−Year Experience program in the U.S.News & World Report annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition. Listed under the “Programs to Look For” section of the report‚ KSU is the only Georgia institution listed among 40 colleges and universities that include Penn State‚ University of Maryland‚ Dartmouth and Yale.

When most freshmen arrive on a college campus‚ they know few‚ if any‚ fellow classmates‚ neither can they imagine the challenges that college life will present. Kennesaw State University recognized this fact six years ago and implemented what has become one of the most successful first−year experience programs in the nation.

“I am extremely pleased that U.S.News & World Report has again identified our First−Year Experience as an ‘outstanding example of academic programs‚’” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “KSU is a learning−centered university that emphasizes student success‚ and this highly effective‚ well−recognized program plays a central role in achieving those goals. We appreciate the national recognition of our efforts‚ as the program has a direct impact on student retention and persistence.”

The magazine invited college presidents‚ chief academic officers and deans of admissions to nominate up to 10 institutions with the best examples of academic programs they felt lead to successful students. Kennesaw State was one of the colleges and universities mentioned most often.

Kennesaw State links freshmen with each other and with faculty‚ staff and resources at the university through its First−Year Experience program‚ KSU 1101. It was created for first−time‚ first−year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours and is designed to acquaint students with the campus and its programs. The course fosters association between student needs and campus resources‚ emphasizing the development of college survival skills‚ such as study methods‚ time management and effective oral and written communication.

“We have built a strong caliber of faculty and staff who continue to promote and ensure the success of our students‚” said University College Dean Ralph Rascati. “Our goal is to help students ultimately earn their degree with Kennesaw State.”

For the complete story on U.S.News & World Report‚ click the following link: www.usnews.com/colleges. For additional background information about Kennesaw State’s first−year program‚ visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/fyp/.


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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 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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