Kennesaw State scores at top in nationwide curriculum study

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni gives KSU an “A” for its high-quality core…

Georgia (Mar 4, 2013)American Council of Trustees and Alumni gives KSU an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum; one of only three schools in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar. 4, 2013) —Kennesaw State University is among a select group of 21 colleges and universities that scored an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum in a nationwide study on the state of general education released this week by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

This is the third year that Kennesaw State earned an “A” in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report. In this year’s study, KSU was one of only three schools in Georgia (Morehouse College and University of Georgia) to receive a top score, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an independent, nonprofit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence and accountability at America’s colleges and universities.

Schools are assigned a letter grade ranging from “A” to “F” based on how many of seven core, basic subjects they require: composition, U.S. government or history, economics, literature, math, natural or physical science and foreign language at an intermediate level. “A” schools were those that require a course in at least six out of the seven academic subjects. Other universities earning the top grade included the University of Texas – San Antonio, United States Air Force Academy and Baylor University.

“We are quite pleased that Kennesaw State’s core curriculum has earned this honor,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our core curriculum was designed to provide a broadly-based, strong and coherent program to promote the learning outcomes we desire for every KSU graduate. This award is testimony that our students are acquiring the knowledge and skills to survive and flourish in a diverse, global society.”

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni said that more than 60 percent of all institutions received a “C” or worse for requiring three or fewer subjects, allowing students to graduate with major gaps in their academic skills and knowledge. Less than 20 percent require U.S. government or history, and more than 33 percent do not require college-level mathematics.


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