KSU President on Internationalizing a University

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Daniel S. Papp shares University’s strategies for global education leadership in top higher…

Georgia (May 14, 2013)Daniel S. Papp shares University’s strategies for global education leadership in top higher ed magazine

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KENNESAW, Ga. (May 22, 2013) — The spring 2013 issue of Public Purpose magazine, the premier publication of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, features Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp’s article outlining the school’s successful strategies for creating campus-wide internationalization.

 In the article, "Internationalizing a University: Signposts and Strategic Perspectives," Papp notes that after 20 years of successfully developing various aspects of global education, Kennesaw State achieved national recognition as a leader in campus internationalization after making it the focal point of a targeted five-year strategic plan. 

 Among the many priorities university leaders must juggle, campus internationalization must rank highly, Papp writes. “The responsibility for developing citizens, workers and leaders who will rise to meet the challenges of a changing world rests squarely on the shoulders of those of us in academe.”

 Kennesaw State’s strategic planning for campus internationalization began in 2005 as the University prepared for its once-every-10-year re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The process required the University to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for one aspect of its educational activities. Kennesaw State identified “Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship” as the focus of its QEP. 

 Papp’s article outlines the six principles that guided the QEP and describes some of its positive results on the academic program, students and the campus community. 

 With the plan, Kennesaw State embarked on a “strategic, intentional path” toward internationalization and global learning, bringing together for “maximum impact” aspects related to curriculum, study abroad, internationally oriented co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and recruitment of students from abroad. The university has garnered several national awards, including the 2011 Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

 “We have not yet done everything we can do to internationalize KSU, but we are well on our way,” Papp concludes.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 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 kennesaw.edu