KSU ranked among up-and-coming universities by U.S. News & World Report
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 21, 2009) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one
(Aug 21, 2009) — KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 21, 2009) — Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top 10 “Up-and-Coming”
universities in the South for the second year in a row in U.S.News & World Report's “America's Best Colleges.” The 2010 edition also listed KSU’s “first-year experience”
for the seventh consecutive year as one of the top “Academic Programs to Look For.”
KSU ranked eighth in “Up-and-Coming” master’s-level universities in the South.
This is the second consecutive year that U.S.News has recognized up-and-coming colleges and only the first year this category has been
“The most recent U.S.News distinction validates Kennesaw State University’s growing academic reputation,”
President Daniel S. Papp said. “We are strongly focused on enhancing our academic programs, expanding our campus resources
and engaging with the global community. KSU is definitely on an upward trajectory,
and we are pleased to earn this national recognition for our accomplishments.”
In addition to being ranked as an “up-and-coming” university, Kennesaw State was recognized
by U.S.News for its outstanding “first-year experience” program. KSU was among 31 colleges and
universities across the nation –– including Duke, Stanford and Notre Dame –– honored
in this category and the only university in Georgia to receive the distinction.
The list of “First-Year Experience” programs is among several “Academic Programs to
Look For” that U.S.News & World Report has recognized for the past seven years. The list for each of these programs is compiled
from the top 10 nominations submitted by college presidents, chief academic officers,
deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,300 schools.
KSU’s acclaimed first-year experience program combines special curricular and extracurricular
offerings designed to make first-year students stay and succeed in college. First-year
students may either take a first-year seminar or enroll in a learning community with
a group of students taking several classes together, in addition to participating
in activities outside the classroom, such as attending lectures on the common reader
that all first-year seminar students must read.
“KSU's first-year experience is a multi-faceted program that provides students with strategies
designed to enhance their academic success, life skills, campus and community engagement,
and a foundation for learning about global issues,” said Ralph Rascati, associate
vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University College. “The dedication of the faculty in the Department of First-Year Programs in University
College has resulted in KSU being seen as a leader nationally, and even internationally,
in this area, as evidenced by the continued recognition of the program in U.S. News & World Report and other venues.”
The accolades from the highly anticipated annual U.S.News rankings come in as Kennesaw State solidifies its stature as a destination university
–– a first-choice college for an increasing number of students graduating from high
school. In August, KSU became a full-fledged member of NCAA Division I, the top tier
of collegiate sports. Even as it has grown to 22,500 students, KSU has become more
of a traditional university, with more than 3,000 students now living on campus and
the recent opening of the university’s first and only dining hall. The state-of-the-art,
“green” dining hall –– which features myriad choices of high-quality, freshly cooked
food –– has been hailed a national model for college dining halls.
In academics, Kennesaw State also is making strides as it enhances its undergraduate
programs and expands its graduate offerings. Through the university’s Global Learning
for Engaged Citizenship initiative, KSU is preparing students for the challenges they
will face in a growing global economy. Over the past year, the university has added
several new graduate programs, including a master’s in American Studies, a master’s
in International Policy, and a new M.B.A.-M.P.A. dual degree, the only one of its
kind in Georgia. Additionally, this year the university added two new doctoral programs
— the highly selective Doctorate of Business Administration, one of the few in the
country, and the Doctorate of Nursing Science.
The U.S.News ranking of “Up-and-Coming Schools” recognizes colleges “making substantial improvements
in quality,” according to the newsmagazine. “These schools are worth watching because
they are making promising and innovative changes.”
The “Up-and-Coming” rankings were selected from 77 colleges that received the most
nominations from college presidents, provosts and admissions deans, each of whom was
asked for 10 nominations.
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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.