KSU President: Student success is our No. 1 priority | Local News

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens welcomed faculty and staff to campus on Aug. 10 for the 2017-18 academic year and encouraged them to take advantage of “the unique opportunity we have to transform the lives of our students.”

Speaking at the annual Opening of the University program at the Convocation Center on the Kennesaw campus, Olens emphasized that “student success is our No. 1 priority.” He tasked the campus community to do their part to ensure that KSU students develop the skills and adaptability needed to succeed in today’s global economy.

“The fall represents a new beginning, a new adventure for everyone,” Olens said. “All of us look forward to assisting and watching our students’ intellectual growth, encouraging them to gain from their experiences at KSU, so that they may successfully spread their wings and fulfill their dreams. Our state and country are counting on your leadership and our students’ future leadership.”

Olens discussed the strides KSU has taken to help students with the cost of attending college, starting last year when mandatory commuter meal plans were eliminated and the university assumed operation of the dining halls on both campuses. Tuition for the University System of Georgia’s eCore online courses was also reduced and the Kennesaw State University Foundation increased its funding for need-based scholarships.

KSU is also becoming a more competitive school for students to attend. Under the Competitive Admissions Model that will begin in Fall 2018, acceptance to KSU will be determined by a combination of a student’s high school grade point average with SAT or ACT score and meeting the university’s minimum requirements may not guarantee admission to KSU.

“This change is essential to help us better manage enrollment growth and facilitate students’ timely…

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