KENNESAW, Georgia (April 7, 2022) – Kennesaw State University and surrounding communities have grown and prospered together for nearly 60 years through vibrant supportive relationships.
On April 11, the University will open its doors on the first Community Impact Day. The event will showcase the many positive impacts colleges and units of the University have on surrounding communities. This is part of a strategic direction to improve and expand community relations.
“We want to make it easier for our neighbors to find what they’re looking for here at KSU and to be a good partner,” said Kimberly Henghold, Director of Community Engagement. “Our goal is to educate local governments, nonprofits, businesses and the wider community about the assets, talents and resources available here in Kennesaw State.”
The University’s strategic framework called “Roadmap to R2 Success” was created in 2019 in response to KSU’s elevation to a Research-Intensive Doctoral University or R2 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of higher education. The roadmap highlights three key pillars for the growth of the University – improving undergraduate educational experiences, increasing graduate programs and enrollments, and promoting interdisciplinary research with relevance. .
Earlier this year, Kennesaw State President Kathy Schwaig led the expansion of R2’s Roadmap to Success to include a fourth pillar focused on advancing community and culture.
This new pillar sets goals to foster a welcoming campus environment; strengthen ties with the local business community, governments and other community partners; engage the community in university campus activities, including arts and sports; and create collaborations that increase Kennesaw State’s regional economic impact, measured in 2020 at $1.6 billion.
KSU’s Community Impact Day demonstrates the University’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with the community. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn about KSU’s long-standing and ongoing community outreach efforts, as well as how to get involved and partner with the University.
Community Impact Day is open to everyone and admission is free. Those planning to attend can find out more at this link and are requested to register before April 7th.
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 connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.