KSU to Start Construction on Bagwell College of Education Addition
Georgia’s FY 2012 budget allocates $18 million to build 82,900-sq.ft. facility …
Georgia (May 26, 2011) — Georgia’s FY 2012 budget allocates $18 million to build 82,900-sq.ft. facility
KENNESAW, Ga. – (May 26, 2011) — Kennesaw State University will start construction next year on a more than $20 million addition to the Bagwell College of Education, thanks to an $18 million allocation in the state’s budget.
“We are deeply appreciative of the strong support from the University System of Georgia’s (USG) Board of Regents for this much-needed addition to the Bagwell College of Education and to Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly for recognizing the important role Kennesaw State plays in the education of the state’s teachers,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “The outstanding support and advocacy on behalf of KSU by the members of our Cobb County delegation also played a key role in the funding of this critical need for the university."
KSU graduates more teachers each year than any other USG institution. Since the mid-2000s, enrollment in the Bagwell College of Education has more than doubled.
“The university and the Bagwell College of Education are top choices for students who aspire to careers in teaching and educational leadership,” said Arlinda Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College of Education. “As the number of future teachers enrolling at Kennesaw State continued to grow so did momentum for the new education building addition. We simply needed more space to meet the need for more teachers in Georgia.”
The addition will adjoin the existing classrooms in Kennesaw Hall. When construction is completed in 2013, it will feature 17 fully equipped classrooms and contain 82,900 square feet. The facility will include eight state-of-the-art model classrooms for specialization in high-need areas, such as science and math and the new Birth-Through-5 degree program.
It will feature two cutting-edge computer labs designed to support a new master’s degree for K-12 teachers who want to integrate digital tools into instruction. Office space for 36 faculty and staff members also is included in the project. The new facility is expected to obtain the Georgia Peach Certification for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.
Eaton said this important project, which was included in the USG’s Board of Regents Capital Priority Request, is being rolled out over two years with $18 million earmarked for design and construction funds in FY 2012. Another $2.3 million for equipment is budgeted in FY 2013.
The projected enrollment growth at KSU and new educator preparation degree programs require more dedicated space. Also, new initiatives in the Bagwell College – such as the Center for Literacy and Learning – require room to grow.
Currently, the USG satisfies only 30 percent of the state’s teacher requirements, with another 20 percent of teachers coming from private universities. However, a “20,000 by 2020” USG initiative seeks to meet 80 percent of the state’s need for teachers by the year 2020 while strengthening teacher quality, recruitment and retention.
According to Eaton, the addition will allow the Bagwell College of Education to continue its upward trajectory to meet Georgia’s demand for high-quality teaching professionals and educational leaders.
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KennesawState University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.
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