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Kennesaw State University designated a comprehensive university by Board of Regents

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Change in status emphasizes University’s increase in research, graduate programs and global engagement

KENNESAW, Ga.  (August 14, 2013) — As a reflection of Kennesaw State’s growing stature and expanded mission, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) today elevated the institution to the status of “comprehensive university.”

“Today’s announcement is a defining moment in the University’s 50-year history,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “It is the result of the dedication and shared vision of the entire Kennesaw State community. Our faculty and staff have worked extremely hard to increase our master’s and doctoral program offerings, to expand our research and grant activity, and to raise our global profile. This is a proud day for us, and one that is appropriately timed as we begin the University’s next chapter.” 

According to the new college and university classifications policy approved today by the Board of Regents, institutions classified as comprehensive universities offer undergraduate and master’s-level programs with a number of doctoral programs. Although graduate programs at comprehensive universities are characterized as master’s dominant, under the new policy, institutions designated as comprehensive universities must also commit to become “world-class academic institutions.”

Kennesaw State currently offers 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including professional doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management. KSU granted its first professional doctorate, in education, in 2010 to Clint Stockton. The University conferred its first Ph.D. in May 2013 to Rebecca LeFebvre, who is now an assistant professor at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Over the past five years, Kennesaw State University’s research and grant activity has increased, averaging more than $10 million in external funding awards and nearly 100 awards per year. Much of the funding has come from increased support from national organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. These grants and others have led to new discoveries by Kennesaw State faculty and provide students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience and participate in academic research.

Kennesaw State has also focused on raising its global profile. In September 2010, the University received the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy’s Top Citizen Diplomacy Program award. Four months later, the University received the Institute for International Education’s 2011 Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in international education. In March 2011, the University received the Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Collectively, these honors recognize the University’s broad range of global learning initiatives, as well as its steady progress toward internationalizing the campus.

Along with Kennesaw State, the Board of Regents also reclassified the University of West Georgia.  In addition, Valdosta State University and Georgia Southern University — which were previously categorized as regional universities — were named comprehensive universities.  Prior to today’s reclassification, Kennesaw State was designated as a state university.

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Community. Innovation. Engagement. For the past 50 years, Kennesaw State University has embodied and embraced these values. From a fledgling junior college to Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State has been dedicated to providing students with the tools they need to become capable, visionary and ethical leaders who are engaged global citizens. Today, Kennesaw State offers more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees to a growing population of 24,600 students representing more than 130 countries. Nationally recognized as a leader in first-year programs and international education, Kennesaw State is dedicated to being a leader in developing curriculum that prepares students to move forward in a fast-changing world.


Kennesaw State nursing faculty gets boost from Board of Regents

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WellStar School of Nursing receives $126,000 in grants

 KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 6, 2012) —Nursing faculty at Kennesaw State University recently received a $126,000 boost from the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents to either pursue a research doctorate or begin a research program.

One of the two nursing faculty initiative grants ($90,000) is aimed at increasing the number of nursing faculty and promoting faculty retention in the University System of Georgia, while the second ($36,000) will provide seed money for faculty research.

“Most of the money will be used to fund doctoral students who already teach in the University System of Georgia,” explained Tommie Nelms, interim director of the WellStar School of Nursing. “This money goes to existing faculty so they can be fulltime students.  One individual – over  a two-year period – can get $40,000.”

The second grant gives new faculty members $10,000 each to begin a research program.

“New faculty know that within six years they have to get tenured, so they need to get on a quick trajectory of producing scholarship,” Nelms said. “This way, they’ll be given the money to do pilot studies that will hopefully, eventually, lead to bigger funding so they can develop a program of research leading to tenure and promotion.”

The University System of Georgia typically produces roughly 80 percent of the nurses taking the state licensing exam in any given year, according to Ben Robinson, director of the BOR Center for Health Care Work Force, putting the USG in a unique position when it comes to relieving the state’s shortages of nurses and nursing faculty. The WellStar School of Nursing is the largest producer of baccalaureate nursing graduates in the state.

“The size of our nursing education system is so large, resolution of nursing issues is up to us,” Robinson said. “We carry the lion’s share of the burden to help alleviate these problems. We need to put enough faculty out there, so schools aren’t robbing each other of faculty. Without more faculty, we can’t graduate more nurses.”

Compounding the shortage of nursing faculty is an aging nursing faculty work force, according to Robinson.

“Forty percent of nursing faculty in the USG system is 55 years old or older as of 2007,” Robinson said. “The concern was we could potentially lose 40 percent of our nursing faculty in a very short period of time, and that, of course, would be catastrophic.”

Robinson said the BOR funded 17 of 44 grant applications from across the system.

“It was a very selective process,” he said. “Kennesaw has a very strong program. The Doctorate in Nursing Science meets a unique set of needs, and we’re comfortable these students are going to become faculty.” 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 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 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.

USG chancellor gives Kennesaw State high marks during visit

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Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby lauds students and academic progress at Georgia’s third-largest university

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During his visit to Kennesaw State University this week, University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby reiterated his positive impression of the university’s present momentum. In a half-daylong itinerary that concluded with a lunch meeting with students on the KSU campus, Huckaby met with President Daniel S. Papp and his cabinet and engaged in dialogues with faculty, staff and student leaders.

Huckaby, who was installed as chancellor earlier this year, said he was proud of the progress Kennesaw State has made during its nearly half century in existence. The chancellor complimented Papp and his administration on their leadership, and said he was impressed with KSU’s trajectory over the past four years.

“It is amazing to visit the campus today and see what has happened over all these years,” Huckaby said. “Not only has it grown in terms of the number of faculty and students, it has grown dramatically in terms of academic credibility and ranking. This school is doing great things.”

As part of his commitment to visit all units in the University System, Huckaby spent several hours in various meetings on the Kennesaw State campus. The chancellor also made time in his schedule to answer questions from KSU students and have lunch with them in The Commons – Student Culinary Center, the university’s state-of-the-art dining hall.   

“Chancellor Huckaby brings a wealth of experience to his position, having served 40 years in higher education,” said Papp. “I have had the privilege of serving with him during my tenure with the Board of Regents, and he is very well-positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the foreseeable future.”

One of the questions the chancellor was asked during a media conference dealt with the issue of adding collegiate football to the roster of men’s sports. Kennesaw State students voted last fall in favor of funding a football program as early as 2014.

Huckaby said Kennesaw State’s plan was well thought out and a “logical, multi-step plan,” which would not detract from it academic mission. “I am confident, given what has happened here over the past four years the always growing upward trajectory of the quality of education here that the leadership and the faculty will not allow that to happen,” he said.

In addition to meeting with the president’s cabinet, Huckaby interacted with faculty representatives. Following a private meeting with them in the morning, the chancellor met with about 20 student representatives from various student organizations for lunch at the Commons. He solicited feedback from the students and discussed various topics, including HOPE scholarships, institutional fees, impact of budget cuts on campus resources and students’ ability to pay costs, and financial aid, among others.

A former college professor at DeKalb College (now Georgia Perimeter College) and Emory University, Huckaby also has lectured at the University of Georgia and Young Harris College.

Huckaby has a deep understanding of the various issues facing higher education in the state honed from his service. Early in his career, Huckaby worked in the area of admissions at Georgia State University (1967-71) and Gordon College (1972-73). Later, he served as director of the Fiscal Research Program at Georgia State University (1995-97), director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA (1997-2000), senior vice president of Finance and Administration at UGA (2000-06) and a special assistant to the president at UGA on a part-time basis (2006-09).

In a career that goes beyond his long association with the University System, Huckaby has a long history of public service to the citizens of Georgia. His service in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, first as a senior policy coordinator from 1973-75, and then as its director, from 1991-95 has provided extensive experience in state finance. During that time, Huckaby was responsible for overseeing the state budget on behalf of the governor. He also served as the interim chief financial officer for then Gov. Sonny Perdue during Perdue’s transition period.

After earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Young Harris College, Huckaby pursued his education at Georgia State University earning both a bachelor’s degree in political science and an M.B.A. in international business. He continued his education through additional graduate studies at the University of Georgia.

His commitment to public service during his career led to Huckaby being tapped on two occasions to head other key state agencies. From 1977 to 1980, he was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and from 1980 to 1991, he was the executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority. During his tenure at both agencies, Huckaby was elected by his peers to serve as president of their respective national organizations.

Huckaby was sworn in this past January to represent Georgia House District 113 as a Republican. His legislative experience also includes a stint as the director of the Georgia State Senate Research Office from 1975-77.


KSU professor, administrator earns Board of Regents’ teaching award


Kennesaw State professor, administrator earns Board of Regents’ teaching award

Statewide award recognizes professor’s scholarly contributions to improving teaching practices and student learning

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 12, 2011)  –––  Kennesaw State University professor Tom Pusateri has been tapped to receive a 2012 Board of Regents’ award for his research and writings on effective teaching and student-learning practices. Pusateri is associate director of Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and a professor of psychology.

The Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, one of two systemwide awards bestowed this year by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, honors the best teaching faculty at Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities. The award honors Pusateri’s distinguished record of scholarship on the teaching of psychology and on measuring how well students learn.

“This award is a great honor for Kennesaw State,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Dr. Pusateri’s award is the latest in a long tradition of KSU being recognized by the Board of Regents for excellence in teaching and for the scholarship of teaching and learning.”

Pusateri follows in the footsteps of Sabine Smith, an associate professor of German who won the Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011. Since the awards were created in 1996, KSU has consistently won Board of Regents’ awards for excellence in teaching and for the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The “scholarship of teaching and learning” refers to the presentation and publication of research findings on the art and science of teaching, or pedagogy.

“The latest Regents’ award underscores KSU’s emergence as a leader in the field of faculty development,” said Michele DiPietro, executive director of KSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. “Kennesaw State hosted a major international conference on faculty development this summer, and this award is a testament to the fact that we are leading when it comes to preparing our faculty to be more effective teachers.”

Pusateri, a psychology professor who teaches social psychology and theories of personality, has served as CETL’s associate director for the scholarship of teaching and learning since 2006.

“You are clearly a nationally recognized leader in your discipline and have held leadership roles in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and been selected to participate in other national working groups,” said the letter that Pusateri received from the Board of Regents

“I am truly honored to be one of a long list of colleagues at KSU who have won Regents’ awards,” Pusateri said.  “I am particularly honored to receive this award for my role as associate director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, as it demonstrates how personnel in faculty development centers can be institutional leaders in assessment.”


KSU professor to receive Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award

Sabine Smith is one of three University System of Georgia professors to receive honor
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2010)Sabine Smith, an associate professor of German at Kennesaw State University, has been tapped to receive the 2011 Board of Regents’ award for teaching excellence, one of only three awards given to faculty members selected from the University System of Georgia’s 35 schools.
Smith was designated the most outstanding teacher at a regional or state university. The Board of Regents also named an outstanding individual faculty member representing the system’s two-year and state colleges and one representing research universities. 
The Board of Regents honored Smith for her innovative teaching, the co-curricular activities she devises to immerse students in German language and culture, and her leadership in establishing a German studies major at KSU. 
“This is an outstanding and richly deserved honor for Dr. Smith and for Kennesaw State,” said President Daniel S. Papp. “She exhibits an extraordinary level of dedication to her students and the teaching profession, and a commitment to the university’s academic ideals. We are very proud of her accomplishments.” 
Smith, who holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Davis, joined the KSU faculty in 1999 as the only full-time German professor in the foreign languages department.   Since then, the German studies program she helped design evolved into an undergraduate minor at Kennesaw Statein 2000, and became a major in 2007, and now has seven instructors. Enrollment in German courses at KSUgrew from 78 in spring 1999 to 231 in spring 2010. 
“Having grown up in Europe, I personally value foreign language and culture study as a ticket to experiential learning and global citizenship,” said Smith, who was selected by fellow faculty in 2009 to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award from the KSU Foundation. 
Smith said she works to provide students the broadest possible range of experiences to learn another language and culture, including study-abroad, internships, interdisciplinary studies, speakers, cultural events and service-learning projects such as teaching German at local schools. 
“When students exhibit both content knowledge of the language and culture they study and complete a sojourn in an immersion environment they experience as foreign, they have made significant progress in achieving intercultural competence as global citizens,” she said.
Smith and other recipients of annual Board of Regents honors for teaching and scholarship will receive $5,000 and a certificate when the awards are presented during a ceremony in March.      
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Kennesaw State 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 student population of more than 23,000 from 142 countries.
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