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Student success
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kennesaw State University's "First-Year Experience" as a "Program to Look For" in its "America's Best Colleges 2005" edition spotlighting excellence in higher education.

A partnership between KSU and the Atlanta Falcons is making it possible for players to complete their college degrees at the team's Flowery Branch training complex. Professors travel to the northeast Georgia facility to teach classes to a handful of players who are just a few credits short of earning their degrees.

Academic excellence
A partnership between KSU and the People's Republic of China brought to campus 24 city government workers from the city of Hangzhou who received their master of arts in public administration degrees at the summer 2004 commencement ceremony. An additional 40+ Chinese students arrive in October to begin the program.

The Coca-Cola Foundation has given $50,000 in support of campus efforts to recruit promising minority students to become educators. The Future Scholars Program, a collaboration between the Bagwell College of Education and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, offers minority high school students the opportunity to take college education courses and gain teaching experience by tutoring elementary school students.

Internationalization
The American Council on Education selected KSU as one of only eight institutions in the country for a new study, "Global Learning for All," focusing on best practices in promoting international student success.

KSU's commitment to the importance of international outreach is reflected in the International Center's name change to the Institute for Global Initiatives.

As a co-sponsor of the national Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, KSU awarded a full four-year scholarship to a woman from Afghanistan who began her education in fall 2003. Through the initiative, a second scholarship was awarded to a woman graduate student who began her studies in fall 2004.

More than 1,500 strong, KSU's international students hail from 129 countries. The 2004-2005 academic year is being celebrated as the Year of France. In support of the Year of France, various departments have sponsored special events focusing on the culture, language and people of France. For a full list of events and initiatives, see the Year of France Web site.

Civic engagement
On January 22, 2007, the Holocaust Education Program unveiled three new exhibitions in partnership with the Atlanta History Center. Parallel Journeys: World War II & the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens. This exhibit tells the stories of dozens of teenagers who were witnesses, participants, and often victims of this brutal conflict.

The KSU Center will also showcase a second exhibition, V for Victory: Georgia Remembers WWII, a traveling exhibit from the Atlanta History, which chronicles Georgia's role in WWII and tells the heroic stories of Georgia soldiers who served their country.

The exhibit also features a component of The Butterfly Project, a program initiated by the Holocaust Museum Houston, as an effort to represent the children who perished in the Holocaust. The goal of the project is to collect 1.5 million hand-crafted butterflies, one for each child victim. All of the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Ethical leadership
The RTM Center for Leadership, Ethics & Character gained approval for a name change to the RTM Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character. This name change reflects the work the institute was already doing as an interdisciplinary organization striving to impact the lives of students and faculty while also serving as a link between KSU and the business community.

Thanks to a $1 million grant from The Goizueta Foundation, Feland L. Meadows, Ph.D., recently became the first holder of The Goizueta Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University's Bagwell College of Education. This endowed chair enables Kennesaw State to become the first institution in Georgia to develop certificate and bachelor's degree programs preparing teachers to serve children from birth to 5 years of age.

Research
In partnership with the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, KSU's Center for Community Healthcare has begun Phase I of an 18-month program aimed at developing culturally sensitive diabetes education and intervention programs. The $200,000 grant from Healthcare Georgia kicked off the Initiative for Diabetes Educational Advancement for Hispanics/Latinos.

National rankings, awards, grants and honors
Kennesaw State University's CyberTech program received a $1,030,714 grant from the National Science Foundation through the NSF's Information Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers program. This three-year project will involve collaborations with 10+ high schools in northwest Georgia. In addition, CyberTech received a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to support the continued growth of this educational initiative. CyberTech promotes diversity and improves achievement while introducing high school students from traditionally under-represented groups to the possibility of a career in the sciences, particularly computer science.

Kennesaw State University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency. This designation recognizes Kennesaw State's commitment to academic excellence when teaching students who will safeguard our nation's information systems. KSU is one of only two institutions in the state to receive this designation.

The Cobb Microenterprise Center, which helps low- and moderate-income individuals start their own businesses, has been selected to receive a Microenterprise Development Program grant from Hewlett Packard. The HP grant will range from $150,000 to $250,000 and will include technology equipment and tools. It will be supplemented by services, support and training as needed.

The master of science in conflict management program, housed in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, received the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 
   



 
 
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