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 Communication Design, Crafts, and Studio Art, as well as Music, Music Education, and Art Education.  Also included are Masters level graduate programs in Art 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. 

  • Computer Science and Information Technology: The Computer Science and Information Technology program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to meet the high skilled needs of our region and the Commonwealth. 

Kutztown's Other Areas of Distinction include:

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

  • 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.

  • Joint Collaborations:  Kutztown University is currently engaged in two joint collaborations with State System sister institutions. The Doctor of Social Work in Leadership and Education is a collaboration between Kutztown and Millersville universities. Kutztown University has also collaborated with East Stroudsburg University for a joint procurement program. 

  • All-Steinway School:  Kutztown University made the decision to become an All-Steinway school in 2000.  We achieved this landmark, spring 2016.

  • 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 southcentral 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.

  • The Applied Investment Management (AIM) program sets the Kutztown University College of Business apart by providing students with real-world investment experience. 

  • Living Learning Communities: Kutztown University has a variety of Living Learning Communities that give students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that connects academic learning with residence life.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kutztown University's Astronomy Outreach Program provides an important contribution to our region of Pennsylvania by sharing the resources of the University's Planetarium and Observatory with the community.

  • Science Olympiad: Kutztown University hosts the regional Science Olympiad and is recognized as a regional center of excellence in the natural and physical sciences.

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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