Kennesaw State recognized among the best universities in the nation

Kennesaw State University may not have the name recognition of the nation’s Ivy League schools or the notoriety associated with a nationally ranked football team‚ but according to U.S.News & World Report‚ it’s an “Up−and−Coming” school that’s “firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing.”(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Aug 22, 2008) — Kennesaw State University may not have the name recognition of the nation’s Ivy League schools or the notoriety associated with a nationally ranked football team‚ but according to U.S.News & World Report‚ it’s an “Up−and−Coming” school that’s “firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing.”

“These accolades from U.S. News & World Report confirm what we have been saying: Kennesaw State is on an upward trajectory‚ and we are not just getting bigger‚ we’re much better than many people yet know‚” President Daniel S. Papp said. “KSU is driven by a can−do spirit‚ and we have ambitious goals and dreams. We have a bright and promising future.”

For the first time‚ this spring U.S. News polled top college officials to identify schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics‚ faculty‚ students‚ campus or facilities. Kennesaw State was among 70 colleges that received the most nominations. KSU was the only public institution in Georgia cited on the list of “Up−and−Coming” schools.

“For prospective applicants‚ we believe the schools on this list offer the reassurance that whatever their historical reputation (or lack of it)‚ they’re firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing today — at least in the judgment of their peers‚” the magazine states.

KSU also was the only college in Georgia recognized for its efforts to help freshmen acclimate to the rigors of college life. For the sixth consecutive year‚ KSU’s First−Year Experience program was cited as a “Program to Look For” by the magazine.

“We are so pleased to be the only institution in Georgia honored for our first−year initiatives‚” said Keisha Hoerrner‚ chair of the department of First−Year Programs. “As the newest academic department at KSU‚ the faculty and staff of our First−Year Programs are honored by this validation of our continuing efforts to serve incoming students.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that the magazine has published its “Programs to Look For‚” a list of schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are commonly linked to student success.

In the case of Kennesaw State‚ students who take KSU 1101 — designed to acquaint first−time‚ first−year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours with the campus and its programs — have a 79 percent one−year retention rate.

Students who take that course within a learning community are retained at an even higher rate of 82 percent‚ compared to a 70 percent retention rate among students who do not take the course.




 

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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