Programs of Distinction

KU's Programs of Distinction are part of the university's Action Plan for the immediate future.

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Programs of Distinction

The President's Cabinet collaborated with members of University Senate on completion of the action plan and specifically on academic and other programs of distinction. Criteria included the uniqueness of the program, size in terms of majors and student credit-hour production, accreditation status, faculty scholarship and recognition, undergraduate research, retention of students, quality of facilities utilized and other value-added considerations. 

KU's Academic Programs of Distinction identified in the action plan include: 

  • Visual and Performing Arts: These include undergraduate programs in Applied Digital Arts, Art History, Communication Design, Crafts and Studio Art, as well as Music, Music Education, and Art Education.  Also included are Masters level graduate programs in Arts Administration, Art Education, Music Education and Communication Design. 

  • Kutztown University's Education programs are nationally recognized and accredited by NCATE (now CAEP - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

  • Sciences: STEM programming at Kutztown engages students with intensive hands-on learning in a wide variety of fields including: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Technology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics and Physics. 

  • Business: The College of Business offers an MBA and two undergraduate majors: Business Administration and Sport Management.

Kutztown's Other Areas of Distinction include:

  • Undergraduate Research:  Kutztown University is distinguished by our commitment to undergraduate research.

  • Graduate Programs: Our graduate certificates and degree programs (MBA, MPA, DSW, MSW, Ed.D., MFA, MA, MS, MLS, and PSM) showcase our commitment to serving the needs of our region.

  • National Accreditation: Kutztown University has placed an emphasis on accreditation of academic programs.  At this time, the university has successfully received accreditation for several programs by nine disciplinary accrediting bodies.

  • Kutztown University's national award winning Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides entrepreneurial education and consulting to over 2,000 entrepreneurs each year in the south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania region and over 30,000 people engage with the SBDC online learning portal making its website one of the top 10 ranked sites nationally for entrepreneurial education.

  • Two unique experiential learning programs are housed in the College of Business. The KU Sport Business Institute (KUSBI), a non-profit organization, allows students and faculty to partner to conduct research to help clients in the sport industry with logistical, technical, and business strategy services; this provides students with real-world consulting and research experiences. The Applied Investment Management (AIM) program provides students with real-world investment experience using funds from the KU Foundation.

  • The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is an open-air folk life museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Pennsylvania German ("Pennsylvania Dutch") culture, language and folkways.

  • Veterans Services:  Kutztown University is recognized as a Military Friendly School, by Victory Media and designated as a Best for Vets college or university by Military Times.

  • Kutztown University is committed to providing Community Outreach Programming sharing the talents of the faculty and students and the facilities of the university.

  • MyTime Dining: Kutztown offers a unique MyTime Dining Program. This program allows students unlimited access to its newly renovated dining facilities on a 24 x 7 basis. Student satisfaction with KU's dining program has soared since the implementation of this program in 2016

  • Alumni Involvement/Activity: Kutztown University's alumni care deeply about their alma mater and want to help ensure the university's continued excellence for future generations - including their own children and grandchildren. The KU Foundation & Alumni Relations keeps Golden Bear graduates connected through multiple touch points and a dynamic year-round calendar of special programs and events, volunteer opportunities and multi-media communications.

Other items of discussion in KU's Action Plan included a review of the university's mission, vision and four strategic goals, enrollment strategies, new and emerging academic programs, performance funding indicators, educational and general (E&G) budget and strategic realignment, student affordability, and institutional opportunities and challenges.

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