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2018-19 Kutztown University Points of Pride

Princeton Review
Kutztown University has yet again been featured as one of the "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 225 institutions named to the regional list. The "Best in the Northeast" list is compiled via drawing upon information from surveys taken by students and administrators. The final lists contain 661 institutions from a five-region, nationwide area. KU has been named to the list a dozen times since 2000.

National Council of Teachers of MathematicsSecondary Education Mathematics recognized by NCTM
Kutztown University's secondary education mathematics program has received national recognition from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The NCTM mission statement advocates for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student. The August 2018 final report from the team of NCTM reviewers determined that KU's courses in mathematics content and pedagogy, as well as key assessments throughout the program, are rigorous and align with NCTM standards for preparing mathematics teacher candidates. The report also acknowledges the high rate of success by KU mathematics teacher candidates on key performance outcomes, such as their success on the standardized assessment measuring mathematics content knowledge.

KU students in the PR MajorKU to Offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
Kutztown University's newest degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, with enrollment beginning this fall. By combining coursework and hands-on training in writing, design and technique, this innovative skills-based program will prepare students to meet the workforce demand within a diverse array of fields, including social advocacy; media; marketing; corporate communications; and public administration. Housed in the English Department, the program's curriculum will include courses offered by the professional writing, communication studies, and social media strategy and analytics majors, creating an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for success in a varied, fast-paced and growing industry.

Articulation agreement signing witgh SymbiosisInternational Articulation Agreement
Kutztown University (KU) and Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce in Pune, India, signed an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of Symbiosis students into KU's College of Business and KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It was the first virtual signing for India and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The agreement is a great opportunity for Kutztown University to continue strengthening our commitment to providing cross-cultural exchanges. The initial agreement will include programs in business, psychology and English at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Further agreements will extend to faculty exchange and short-term programs in the future.

Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, right, and Palmer College of Chiropratic Vice Chancellor James O'Connor, sign an agreementKU and Palmer Chiropractic pen agreement
Kutztown University signed an agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic (PCC) in Davenport, Iowa, this summer, co-sponsoring a new program that offers qualified students the opportunity to earn degrees from both institutions. Available this fall, the dual degree program includes three years of programming at KU, followed by attendance at Palmer. Students who complete all requirements for both programs earn a Bachelor in Biology from Kutztown University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from PCC.


Students receive grant to assist research
Amanda Portoff and Taylor Worthington, both senior physics majors at KU, spent their summer in the lab working on a research project expected to continue into the fall semester. The two students are working with Dr. Paul Quinn, associate professor of Physics, and Dr. Justin Smoyer, assistant professor of Physics, along with two KU BEARS students, on a project exploring the efficiency of solar cells at extremely cold temperatures. Their research was bolstered by a grant from Council of Trustee member Dr. Jolynn Haney, who is currently serving as secretary.

Fagan and Konowal are Academic All-Americans
KU student-athletes and spring graduates McKenzie Fagan and Courtney Konowal received the highest level of athletic academic honors this past summer. Fagan was named to the the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team for Division II Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Fagan was an eight-time Dean's List honoree and graduated in May with a 3.96 GPA. Konowal became the fourth player in KU field hockey program history to be named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She was named to the Second Team after concluding her academic career with a flawless 4.0 GPA.

Increase in New Students
Kutztown University's final enrollment numbers for fall of 2018 boast an increase in new students and a rise in student retention.
Enrollment figures indicate a 14 percent increase in new graduate students (296 to 338), a three percent increase in new transfer students (555 to 573), and a two percent increase in new freshmen (1604 to 1635). The total enrollment for the university for the 2018 fall semester is 8,309, down just 20 students from last fall (8,329 students). The drop is the smallest since 2010, when enrollment peaked at 10,707. University retention increased to 74.44 percent, up from 73.68 percent last year.
Of the 8,309 students enrolled at KU, a total of 7,389 are undergraduates, while 920 are enrolled in graduate studies. A total of 7,314 students (88 percent) are Pennsylvania residents, while 995 hail from out of state.

U.S. News and World Report
Kutztown University has once again been named a "Best Regional University" in the U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. According to the data collected, U.S. News lists KU as number 137, which falls in the first tier of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region. KU has continued to rank in the first tier since 2011. Best Regional Universities ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees. A total of 644 universities are included in the Best Regional Universities rankings.

KU-BCCC signingBucks County Community College Signing
Kutztown University and Bucks County Community College (BCCC) signed two transfer and articulation agreements in September. One agreement will facilitate the transfer of any Bucks student to Kutztown, while the second agreement will facilitate the transfer of sport management program students at BCCC into the sport management degree program at KU.

Under the general transfer and articulation agreement, Bucks students who submit a letter of intent to enter Kutztown University before the completion of 30 transferable credit hours will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor's degree program.
The sports management program-to-program transfer agreement facilitates the transfer of students who have completed the Bucks associate degree program in sport management into the sport management degree program at Kutztown University.


KU's SMASH social media labSMASH Dedication
Kutztown University's Department of Communication Studies celebrated the opening of the Social Media Analytics Strategic Hub (SMASH) on September 25 in Rickenbach Learning Center.

SMASH was specifically designed to supplement the new social media theory and strategy (SMS) major at KU, which is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. Students will be able to minor in social media theory and strategy in the spring of 2019.

SMASH is an active learning space that incorporates innovative software and unique hardware, and can be used for multiple academic disciplines. The hardware allows students to work in groups and mirror cast any digital device to a mounted monitor for group discussions. The software employs advanced artificial intelligence to seek patterns not initially obvious to human analysis and gives students access to powerful social media analytics.

Dr. PabonDR. Pabon Presents at WERA
Dr. Amber Jean-Marie Pabon, assistant professor of secondary education in KU's Department of Secondary Education, presented her research on teacher education at The World Education Research Association (WERA) World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, in August.

The meeting was organized around the theme "Reimagining Worldwide Education Research" and discussed several issues in education in a global context, including primary and secondary schooling, higher education, workforce and adult education, and learning around the globe, among others. Nearly 400 researchers from 52 countries were in attendance.

Coauthored by Dr. David Green of Howard University and titled "Teacher Education across the Globe: Centering Cultural Pluralism and Critical Literacy," the purpose of Dr. Pabon's presentation was to rethink the role of critical literacy approaches to teacher education.