Supporting our Students
The key to Kennesaw State University’s success as a growing institution of higher learning comes from our focus on making students our top priority. And, while the centerpiece of this effort comes from ensuring top-level educational opportunities from our faculty, there are many other examples of student support that happen on our campuses every day.
These efforts focus on providing a foundation of support services that enhance the learning environment for all of our students. For example, this week we will open two dedicated study spaces for KSU students looking for a quiet place to study day or night. The facilities, both called “The Study,” are located on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. The Marietta location, which is open 24/7, is in the Residential Community Center near Howell Hall and the Housing and Residence Life Office. On the Kennesaw Campus, The Study is located within the north side of the Commons Dining Hall, close to the Central Deck, and opens when the library and student center close, giving Kennesaw students access to a quiet place to study 24/7.
It’s a simple but effective plan: The Study will provide a safe, distraction-free environment that helps our students to become successful in their academic pursuits. This new 24/7 study space is a result of students telling me repeatedly of this need on both campuses. So, I encourage students to keep sharing ideas for what KSU can do to enhance their success.
At the same time, Campus Services has implemented several programs that make a huge impact on the students’ ability to learn without hardship. For example, through a trial program called Day One Access, the bookstore has worked with select faculty to provide course materials integrated into the D2L system on or before the first day of class. The program allows KSU to negotiate directly with publishers, thereby saving students money on course materials. While students are able to opt out of the program, the participation rate is at 99.2 percent this term, bringing a total savings of more than $350,000 to students.
In addition, KSU has expanded the use of dining dollars to include the markets and vending machines on both campuses, in addition to the Commons, Stingers and other retail outlets. Housing and Residence Life has developed “The Summit Series,” which is designed to encourage students to reach new heights both academically and personally. Events include goal setting and a personal finance boot camp, among others.
These are just a few of the examples of how Kennesaw State strives every day to make the educational environment safe, more productive and enjoyable for our students. I look forward to sharing more advancements as we grow and expand our efforts as a high-quality R2 research university that always strives to put student needs first.