“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 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.
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 the reclassification, Kennesaw State was designated as a state university.