Following the success of other institutional consolidations, the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) approved the consolidation of Kennesaw State University (KSU) and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in November 2013. There were six guiding principles the USG-BOR utilized with these consolidations:
- Increase the opportunities to raise education attainment levels;
- Improve accessibility, regional identity, and compatibility;
- Avoid duplication of academic programs while optimizing access to instruction;
- Create significant potential for economies of scale and scope;
- Enhance regional economic development; and
- Streamline administrative services while maintaining or improving service level and quality.
An overall purpose of these consolidations was to increase the USG’s overall effectiveness in creating a more educated Georgia. KSU and SPSU were both public universities with largely complementary educational missions and were located within 10 miles of each other in Cobb County. The consolidation presented opportunities to expand the ability to create more workforce-related degrees, open the door for a wider array of student activities, eliminate the trend toward duplication of programs, allow for seamless transfer of students, and combine resources to enhance responsiveness to regional economic and community development needs.
The consolidation was a multi-year process. Following the November 2013 decision to consolidate, both KSU and SPSU spent 2014 planning and preparing for the consolidation. Many work groups and implementation committees composed of faculty, staff, and students from both institutions were formed. The involvement of constituents from KSU and SPSU campuses and communities in consolidation planning and approvals was extensive and broad-based.
In January 2015, the BOR gave final approval for KSU and SPSU to consolidate and form the new KSU. The consolidated KSU operating budget for FY 2016 became effective July 2015. The consolidation of the curriculum occurred in August 2015. SACSCOC gave final approval of the consolidation in December 2015.
The new KSU combines the best from two of Georgia’s most respected institutions of higher education. This comprehensive university serves as a destination campus, offers students a broad spectrum of quality academics, a growing and vibrant campus life, award-winning dining facilities, and a wide array of athletic offerings. With nationally-ranked degrees in business, engineering and first-year programs, as well as premier teaching, nursing, architecture, science and math programs, the new Kennesaw State University is poised to become Georgia’s next world-class institution.
Consolidation Vision and Mission Statements
Kennesaw State University will be a world-class comprehensive university recognized for its excellent in education, discovery, innovation, technology, and community engagement at all levels from local to global. The KSU experience will empower the members and graduates of the university community to have the vision, ability, and courage to transform the future.
Kennesaw State University offers high-quality and productive undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and co-curricular programs. These include learning opportunities in architecture, the arts, business, computing, education, engineering and engineering technology, health and human services, honors experiences, humanities and social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, leadership development, the natural and physical sciences, study abroad, and other related disciplines. The University’s research, scholarship, creative activities, and public service initiatives expand and apply knowledge, contribute to the economic development, and improve the quality of life in the local communities, Georgia, the nation, and the world.
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.