Moving Students Forward

 

The disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and learn.

At Kennesaw State, our students, faculty, and staff have done a remarkable job transitioning to remote learning and staying connected through this new virtual world. Working together, their efforts are helping students forge ahead to continue along their path toward a university degree.

As we begin to look beyond this unusual spring of 2020, we must pivot in two important ways. First, we must begin thoughtful planning to prepare for the upcoming fall semester. Currently, assuming we can do so safely, our plan is to return to campus-based instruction in some capacity. Therefore, we will need to be prepared for how to implement this transition. As such, I have created a Presidential Task Force who will be working hard in the coming weeks and months to identify and plan for the wide range of critical issues.

As we move forward into the summer and fall semesters, we must also place student success front and center. There are many students who, despite their best efforts, are facing unique financial challenges that put them at risk of not being able to finish their degrees.

That’s where a new designated relief fund – the Moving Forward Fund – has the promise of bridging the gap for many of our students. Funds raised will go directly to students to help with any financial hardship that would force them to drop out of school, including, but not limited to, food and housing, transportation, payments for tuition, books, and other education-based needs. We are launching this fund with a combined contribution of $250,000 from the President’s Parliament fund and the KSU Foundation.

As you know, students are our top priority. Now is the time to pull together and help students in need to ensure a bright future for our whole community.

If you are able to help our students, please visit kennesaw.edu/movingforward.

Pamela Whitten

President

Written By Whitten

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