Kennesaw State recognized for helping U.S. servicemen and women go to college


Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium advances educational opportunities   KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Sep 13, 2012)Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium advances educational opportunities  

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Sept. 13, 2012) — The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC) honored Kennesaw State’s efforts to help members of the U.S. military attain a college education by designating the school a member of the prestigious organization.

Kennesaw State joins the ranks of only 6 percent of accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning. This year, only 1,900 of 31,487 institutions are SOC designees.

“Kennesaw State is proud to accept this honor on behalf of the 2,500 active and retired military servicemembers and their family members who are currently enrolled in our graduate and undergraduate degree programs,” said Provost W. Ken Harmon. “We believe our commitment to the servicemember is demonstrated through our actions, words and deeds. Becoming a member of the SOC validates our desire to enhance access of servicemembers and their families to higher educational programs.”

Created in 1972, the SOC provides educational opportunities to servicemembers around the globe who may have difficulty completing their college degrees because they frequently move from place to place.

“This is an important day for Kennesaw State because it recognizes our commitment to helping servicemembers gain access to higher education,” said Bob Mattox, assistant dean and director of Student Success Services. “This distinction, coupled with the designation of Kennesaw State as a ‘Military Friendly School’ by G.I. Jobs magazine tells everyone we welcome servicemembers.”  

The SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to improve postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide.

As a member of the SOC, the University affirms its commitment to fair, equitable, and effective policies and practices that recognize and deal with the special conditions faced by military students who want to obtain a college education. 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a 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 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.


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