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2017-2018 Kutztown University Points of Pride

September 2017

KU Named "Best in the Northeast" by the Princeton Review
Kutztown University has again been named a "Best in the Northeast" by the Princeton Review. The education services company is widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides. KU is among 229 institutions named to the regional list.  

"Best in the Northeast" is compiled drawing upon information from surveys taken by students and administrators. The final lists contain 658 institutions from a 5-region, nationwide area.

KU has been named to the list at least a dozen times since 2000.

Kutztown in the National Press
The university continued to receive national press coverage during the summer on the heels of the NFL draft coverage of Jordan Morgan and the feature on KU rugby in the New York Times.   The university was included in a feature on the Lehigh Valley in July in American Way Magazine --- the official magazine of American Airlines.  We were also featured in an article on summer melt in the Wall Street Journal.  

Bachelor in Science in Social Media Theory and StrategyBachelor's in Social Media Theory and Strategy added as a major
At its July meeting, the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approved a bachelor's degree in social media theory and strategy to be offered at KU. The program is available this semester and applications are being accepted for future majors in the program.  Graduates of the program will be equipped with the skills needed for success, longevity and leadership in careers rooted in social media content development, management, administration, marketing and analysis. Students will be able to apply social media knowledge to endeavors such as lead generation, public advocacy, digital marketing management, concept promotion, e-commerce, digital content marketing, pay per click (PPC) ad construction and evaluation and content marketing. Because this is a unique degree designed to serve a burgeoning field, it will give KU graduates a competitive advantage.

Upward Bound Allentown Partnership

Partnership with the Allentown School District Underway

KU and the Allentown School District announced a new partnership through a U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound grant. The university was recently awarded a $1.3 million grant to operate an Upward Bound program with Allentown's William Allen High School. The project will have 60 participants per year from William Allen. The grant award is for five years at $257,500 per year, and the program begins Sept. 1. Academic year activities will consist of after-school tutoring, supplemental instruction and skills development. Activities will include information on financial literacy; financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; career planning and exploration; attending college using "Realizing the College Dream" curriculum; standardized testing preparation; education on the college application process; discussions with colleges and college students (college visits); and cultural awareness activities.

KU Students and Faculty help with North ParkKU Students and Faculty help with North Park

KU students and faculty completed an environmental education and restoration project at North Park on Krumsville Road in Kutztown. Dr. Todd Underwood and Dr. Christopher Sacchi, both on the faculty of the Department of Biology, undertook the project with funding provided by a $3,000 grant from the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.

As a part of the project, students helped develop six webpages on specific topics that can be used by park visitors to learn about plants, animals, ecology and park history.