The new mission became effective April 16.
The new mission statement, proposed by KSU President Dan Papp and Southern Polytechnic President Lisa Rossbacher, “maintains the vision of academic excellence and core values stated in both institutions’ previous mission statements and expands the list of academic programs to include those currently offered by each institution,” according a prepared statement issued by KSU Wednesday night.
“The consolidated mission statement is a critical early step that sets the course for what our new institution will achieve by combining the talents and resources of these two great institutions of higher learning,” Papp said.
The new mission statement reinforces the new university’s commitment to research, scholarship and public service. It also emphasizes Kennesaw State’s values, stating:
“The KSU community values open, honest and thoughtful intellectual inquiry, innovative and creative problem solving, professionalism, expertise, collaboration, integrity and ethical behavior, engaged citizenship, global understanding, sustainability, mutual respect, and appreciation of human and cultural diversity. The University community strives continually to enhance student success, improve institutional quality and respond to public demand for higher education.”
The consolidation process for KSU and SPSU began Nov. 1, 2013, with USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby’s announcement and the subsequent Board of Regents’ approval on Nov. 12 of the consolidation. That announcement was roundly criticized and protested by SPSU students, who expressed anger they had not been consulted before the decision was made. Rossbacher’s initial reaction was also one of surprise and dismay. She later spoke more favorably of the merger but she announced in March she will be leaving SPSU to take a job as president of Humboldt University in northern California.
Since the regents’ approval, a 47-member team of faculty, staff and students from both institutions have worked together on a Consolidation Implementation Committee to help construct the new Kennesaw State University. They are supported by 81 operational working groups addressing how the new university will handle a range of issues, such as academic and degree programs, admissions and financial aid and other operational and structural responsibilities.
To date, a proposed academic structure and the appointments of senior administrative officers for the consolidated KSU have been announced. The proposed academic structure calls for a total of 13 colleges — Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of the Arts, Michael J. Coles College of Business, College of Computing and Software Engineering, College of Continuing and Professional Education, Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, Graduate College, WellStar College of Health and Human Services, Honors College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Math and University College.
For more information, visit the consolidation website at: http://www.kennesaw.edu/consolidation.