Regents‚ legislature provide Kennesaw State with needed fiscal support

Kennesaw State University will receive valuable funding in the next fiscal year to expand students…

Georgia (Apr 18, 2008) — Regents‚ legislature provide Kennesaw State with needed fiscal support

Jeremy Craig


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Regents‚ legislature provide Kennesaw State with needed fiscal support
Funds for Health Sciences Building‚ eminent scholar endowment included in FY ’09 budget; new tuition and fees to enhance student opportunities

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 18‚ 2008) — Kennesaw State University will receive valuable funding in the next fiscal year to expand students’ global learning opportunities‚ bolster the institution’s academic offerings‚ expand student advising and retention efforts‚ and to enhance the university’s athletic programs.

The funds – which include new tuition and fees – are being allocated to KSU as part of the Board of Regents’ fiscal year 2009 budget‚ which is subject to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s approval of the FY09 state budget.

The university’s $92.2 million FY09 budget allocation represents an increase of nearly $12.2 million over last year‚ and according to an internal university analysis is one of the best budget allocations Kennesaw State has received. “The funding leap‚” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp‚ “demonstrates state leaders’ and our funding partners’ responsiveness to the needs of the institution as it expands.”

The new budget will provide funding for several critical needs at KSU‚ including:

  • $4.5 million to equip the university’s future Health Sciences Building with state−of−the−art medical technology to train Georgia’s future nurses;
  • $500‚000 for an endowed eminent scholar position in KSU’s Department of Communication; and
  • Merit salary increases of up to 2.5 percent to retain top−notch faculty‚ staff and administrators who serve KSU’s more than 20‚000 students.

Additionally‚ a new tuition rate and several fee requests have been approved for KSU by the Board of Regents‚ including a long−awaited $14 “International” fee that will allow the university to expand its global learning opportunities for students‚ as well as continue the institution’s transition to Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“We are grateful to the governor‚ the General Assembly‚ the Cobb County legislative delegation‚ and the Board of Regents for recognizing our funding needs at KSU‚” Papp said. “As Georgia’s college population has expanded‚ KSU’s operating costs also have escalated‚ as we’ve grown significantly to accommodate more and more students. We’re appreciative that our partners have been very receptive to our needs. Thanks to this new support‚ Kennesaw State will be able to continue serving an ever−growing student body.”

Kennesaw State’s Health Sciences Building has a price tag of $60 million‚ with $13 million to be raised from private sources as part of the university’s first−ever comprehensive capital campaign. During the 2007 legislative session‚ the General Assembly approved the Board of Regents' request of $42.5 million for construction of the facility. The $4.5 million allocated by the legislature in the 2008 session is being allocated by the Regents to equip the building’s nursing−skills labs‚ the exercise science lab‚ the human performance lab and the biology labs.

Scheduled to open in 2010‚ the new building will allow the university to increase its nursing−student enrollment in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services by 80 students. It also will allow the university to enroll 250 more graduates annually in human services and health− and wellness−related disciplines.

The fiscal year 2009 budget also includes $500‚000 for an eminent scholar endowment in KSU’s Department of Communication. Endowment funds will assist Professor Leonard Witt‚ the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication‚ in his groundbreaking work exploring new media‚ blogs and citizen journalism in an ever−changing media landscape.

As traditional media is changing‚ and where ordinary citizens have far more impact than ever before on the way society views news‚ Witt’s work helps to advance the concept of public journalism where all citizens are empowered and have a voice. Public journalism provides the practical and theoretical framework to help journalists‚ citizens and academics navigate this sea change.

The merit salary increase of up to 2.5 percent provided in the state’s budget will assist KSU in retaining qualified faculty‚ staff who serve the university’s more than 20‚000 students in academic‚ administrative and support service roles‚ Papp said.

“The merit increase is important in positioning Kennesaw State as an attractive option to the best and brightest potential faculty and staff‚ and will help us enhance our services to students‚” he said.

A significant portion of the news funding also will assist in lowering KSU’s student−to−faculty and student−to−staff ratios to serve students better by hiring more personnel‚ meeting one of the key goals of KSU’s 2007−2012 Strategic Plan (this link will open in a new window as an Adobe PDF).

During their April meeting at Columbus State University‚ the Board of Regents also approved this week new “Fixed for Four” tuition rates for the University System of Georgia’s 35 campuses.

Last year‚ Kennesaw State was placed into a tier of comprehensive universities which are targeted for growth in student enrollment and academic programs as the state’s population grows. Sister institutions in this tier – which have been approved to charge a different tuition rate than the USG’s state universities – include Georgia Southern University‚ the University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.

KSU’s new tuition rate of $1‚598 per semester for in−state students represents an 8 percent increase over last year’s amount. The new tuition rate of $1‚598 per semester will be locked in until fiscal year 2011 for first−year students enrolling at KSU during the 2008−2009 academic year – keeping with a BOR plan to keep college affordable for students.

Also‚ the Regents approved new fees for KSU students‚ including a global learning fee which will allow the university to provide additional learning opportunities for students to study abroad as part of the institution’s “Get Global” initiative. In addition‚ an enhanced athletic fee was approved to better support KSU’s intercollegiate student athletic programs. Both fee increases were supported by KSU students.


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For renderings of KSU’s future Health Sciences Building in print−quality JPEG format (previous versions available last year are now out−of−date)‚ visit:−876871_1.

For more about KSU’s “Get Global” initiative‚ visit:

For more information about the University System of Georgia‚ visit:


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit