Increasing The Number Of Graduates

Thu., September 13, 2012 5:23pm (EDT)   By Ellen Reinhardt     ATLANTA…

Georgia (Sep 14, 2012) — Thu., September 13, 2012 5:23pm (EDT)  


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By Ellen Reinhardt  


ATLANTA  —  Colleges across Georgia are looking at innovative ways to reach Governor Deal’s goal of increasing the number of graduates by a quarter million by 20-20. And schools across the state have found a wide variety of approaches. …

Kennesaw State University is expanding its program to provide graduation coaches to students. It offers students one person they can talk to about academic and financial obstacles to staying in school. Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Harmon says they started with Latino students and have retained almost 100 percent.

He says “They had higher GPA’s and had actually more credit hours than the rest of our students who were not participating in the graduation program.”



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