Kennesaw State University

“She Served”

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Exhibit kicks off Women’s History Month

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (February 24, 2016) — In 1976, when Congress authorized women to attend U.S. military service academies, Maria Britt, Kennesaw State’s vice president for operations, was a high school freshman. Her dad sat her down and asked her to consider applying, convincing her it was a chance to serve “a higher calling and greater good.” 

Leading by Example

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H.E. “Doc” Holliday extends educational legacy to youth character development


Kennesaw State ranks second for information security and assurance by

Degree program meets demand for data security professionals in Georgia

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The information security and assurance degree at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has been ranked second nationwide by in its 2016 ranking of online information assurance and security degree programs.

Kennesaw State is the only university in the Southeast to make the list, and the only university in Georgia to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance. The Coles degree is listed second to Pennsylvania State University in the ranking.

“Our ability to deliver high-quality information security and assurance courses has been recognized in a number of ways: national adoption of textbooks written by our faculty, NSA recognition as a center of excellence through multiple cycles and now this ranking,” said Traci Carte, chair of the Department of Information Systems at Coles College of Business. “We couldn’t be more proud of our ISA faculty, alumni, partners and students.”

According to, information assurance and security degrees prepare students for jobs in the growing field of data security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 18 percent growth for information security analysts from 2014 to 2024, nearly twice the national average, with median wages of $88,890.

The Coles College of Business ISA degree was recognized for its unique blend of technical expertise and managerial acumen. This combination teaches graduates to understand how data security connects with all areas of business, and prepares them to effectively protect business systems.

“We are focused on keeping the information security and assurance curriculum at KSU aimed toward the evolving threats faced by current commercial information systems, as well as maintaining the balance between the managerial and technical capabilities in the program curriculum,” said Herb Mattord, associate director of the Center for Information Security Education at Coles College of Business. “We strive to prepare our students for the ever-changing demands for effective information security professionals needed by the business community.”

Students in the Coles College online ISA program graduate ready for careers such as network systems administrator, information security analyst, systems manager, business risk analyst, or compliance analyst. Coursework includes law and ethics, data protection, network security, application and software security, e-commerce defense, cybersecurity and more. ranking is based on academic excellence, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, faculty strength and reputation.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized Kennesaw State University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Kennesaw State economist says 'timid growth' better in long run

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Forsyth Herald
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Kennesaw State University economist Roger Tutterow, speaking at the Jan. 12 Synovus Economic Forecast at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, said the United States is in its seventh year of economic expansion since the 2008 meltdown.

While it may not feel as robust as we might like it, a slow, steady 2 percent growth rate is not a bad place to be. The economic growth in the country is still “timid,” but the slower pace has its advantages over a more gaudy 3 percent or higher.

“The United States economy is robust and economic indicators such as car sales are encouraging. People feel it’s safe to buy cars again,” Tutterow said. “On the other hand, history tells us we are due a recession every 58 months on average in the post-World War II era.”

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New Heights

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Carnegie Upgrades KSU to "R3"

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has been upgraded to a doctoral research institution with moderate research activity — designated “R3” — in The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning 2015 update. The University was previously classified among larger Master’s Colleges and Universities or “M1” institutions.

Reports show MARTA has problems with IT security

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MARTA has "extensive problems with IT security," according to an investigation by Channel 2 reporter Richard Belcher.

Belcher discussed his findings with Andy Green, who teaches information security at Kennesaw State University.

"It's not a matter of if, it's just a matter of when," Green said. "They're always going to be a target."

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Business School recognized for global ingenuity

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DBA program honored for innovative curriculum

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has earned accolades for creating an environment where out-of-the-box thinking flourishes. AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, has recognized the College’s innovative Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA).

Celebrated as part of AACSB’s Centennial Anniversary and upcoming Visioning Initiative, the inaugural Innovations That Inspire awards shine a spotlight on a variety of ways that AACSB member schools are working to innovate and diversify the business education environment.

“It is my pleasure to recognize the Coles College of Business for its role in spearheading ingenuity within the business education landscape,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “As AACSB celebrates 100 years of improving quality management education worldwide, it is important for those within and outside of the industry to be reminded of the vision, leadership, and innovative thinking business schools bring to the table. Through our Innovations That Inspire recognition, the Coles DBA stands as a testament to how business schools are driving positive impact within their communities and society at large, through their groundbreaking practices and continuous focus on excellence.”

From their approaches to research and learning, to their engagements with stakeholders and oversight of their management and operations, business schools are redefining the way that academic institutions of all kinds create, teach, connect and lead.

Launched in 2009, Kennesaw State University’s DBA was the first AACSB-accredited doctoral program designed to provide a research doctorate specifically for busy professionals. The program delivers the rigor of a traditional doctoral program in a non-traditional format, with classes taught on weekends.

More than 80 percent of KSU DBA graduates pursue positions in academia, proving how the program aids in filling the doctoral faculty gap in universities.

“The launch of our DBA program in 2009 was an innovative response to the international shortage of business faculty that was felt then and continues to be experienced today,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “We created a unique delivery model that allows experienced business professionals to receive an intense research education that prepares them for a career in higher education, or allows them to continue their business career with doctoral credentials.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.


About AACSB International

Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Teachers Promote Nursing Careers To Fill Shortage In Cobb

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The Atlanta area, like most of the state, is dealing with a shortage of registered nurses as many nurses get ready to retire. ...

Dr. Rachel Myers teaches nursing at Kennesaw State University. She said recruitment is not enough, and a more holistic approach needs to be taken to address the nursing shortage.

She said Kennesaw State University is having to turn away many nursing student applicants because there aren’t enough spaces. Myers said it’s tied to not having enough faculty members to teach nursing.

Many professional nurses take a significant pay cut to accept a teaching position. But she said even that’s just only part of the problem. 

“Even if we were to get 20 more faculty so that we could recruit 100 more students every semester, we don't have enough clinical places out in the community to put students,” Myers said.

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Metro Atlanta hospitals dealing with nursing shortage

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CBS 46
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ATLANTA (CBS46) -Hospitals in Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta, say they are dealing with a nursing shortage and need to fill more than 30,000 positions in the healthcare field. ...

"Without nurses coming in (to fill those vacancies), you're going to see increased health costs, you're going to see a decrease in customer and patient care -- just because they're going to be so overworked," said Samanthia McGlaughn, a nursing student in Kennesaw State University's WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

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Model Student

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International honor caps Model European Union team's first year

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 28, 2016) Kennesaw State University freshman Christopher William “Liam” Combs earned one of eight top honors — only two to American students — at a Model European Union (MEU) simulation competition during the 29th annual EuroSim Conference this month in Antwerp, Belgium.

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