2018-19 Points of Pride
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.
Secondary 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 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.
International 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.
KU 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.
Bucks 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.
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. 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.
SBDC Signs Agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (PASBDC) at Kutztown University signed a cooperation agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). The agreement is designed to further shared goals of economic impact and rural development by supporting agribusinesses via connecting employers with consulting resources, providing assistance as needed in business planning and financial analysis, sharing printed and online research resources to benefit PA companies, and cross-training of staff at professional development and industry conferences, among other initiatives.
Military Times Names KU “Best for Vets”
For the fifth-straight year, Military Times has named Kutztown University in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings. KU is ranked 75th among the 208 four-year schools listed, its highest ranking in school history. Kutztown is also one of two schools listed that belong in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (Edinboro, 126th).
Agreement with Luzerne County Community College
Kutztown University signed a dual admission agreement with Luzerne County Community College to facilitate the transfer and acceptance of students of Luzerne CCC to KU. The first half of the agreement will allow Luzerne County students who submit a "Letter of Intent" to enter KU before the completion of 30 transferable credit hours will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor's degree program with third year (junior) status at KU. The second half of the agreement will allow full-time students admitted with third year (junior) status to KU to complete a bachelor's degree in a parallel program at KU within four regular semesters provided they complete the appropriate associate degree program at Luzerne CCC, as well as complete and appropriately sequence their remaining course work at KU.
Agreement with Kutztown Area High School
Kutztown University signed a five-year admission agreement with Kutztown Area School District to facilitate the enrollment of high school students in both on- and off-campus courses. The agreement will allow select Kutztown Area School District students to enroll in an off-campus course as non-degree students at the University. The agreement will also allow select students to enroll in on-campus courses during both the academic year and the summer as non-degree students on a space-available basis. Kutztown University will provide the District’s students with a reduced tuition rate for both off and on-campus enrollment, and students will be responsible for the balance of tuition and fees.
Best Colleges for Student Voting
Kutztown University was named to Washington Monthly's 2018 America's Best Colleges for Student Voting. KU was among 132 schools to be recognized from a pool of nearly 1,500 colleges and universities. A part of Washington Monthly's College Guide and Rankings - which rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research and public service - this is a first-of-its-kind list of schools doing the most to turn students into citizens. Kutztown was one of three institutions named from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
(L to R): Dr. George Drake, President of PAC-TE; and Dr. Carol Watson.
Professor Watson Named Teacher Educator of the Year
Dr. Carol Watson, associate professor of elementary education, was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (PAC-TE) as the 2018 "Teacher Educator of the Year" at their annual conference in Harrisburg. In the 33-year history of the award, Dr. Watson is the first winner from Kutztown University.
Professor Kenney Honored by National Organization
Dr. Kelley Kenney, professor and director of Student Affairs in Higher Education, was named a 2019 ACPA Diamond Honoree by College Student Educators International. The Diamond Honoree Program, which was established in 1999, recognizes colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to ACPA, student affairs and services, and higher education, as well as provides an opportunity to raise funds for future work and scholarship. Specifically, those nominated for consideration are recognized for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs.
Women’s Soccer Team Earns Two All-America Honors
Juniors Maddie Mohr and Jenna Bracken were selected to All-America teams for the 2018 season. Mohr was selected to the First Team by the Coaches Association and had been named an All-American each of her three years at KU. Bracken was named to Third Team by the Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). It was her first All-America honor, and she is the only goalkeeper in program history to earn the award.
Fall 2018 Dean’s List
More than 1,740 students were named to the Fall 2018 KU Dean's List --- 15 more than Fall 2017. To be eligible for the Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.
Transfer Agreement with HACC
Kutztown University and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, signed a five-year transfer and articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of HACC students to KU. Under this transfer and articulation agreement, HACC 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. Students will have third-year (junior) status at Kutztown University on the condition that they graduate from HACC with an associate’s degree and satisfy all other Kutztown University transfer requirements, including any admission requirements for the major. Full-time students admitted with third-year (junior) status to Kutztown University should be able to complete a bachelor's degree in a parallel program at Kutztown University within four regular semesters. HACC transfer-student access to particular programs will be the same as native Kutztown University students.
Communication Design Ranked No. 1 in State, 12th in Country
Kutztown University and its communication design department were recognized for their great value to students. KU was ranked 12th in the country and No. 1 in Pennsylvania in College Factual's 2019 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for the Money.
Military Friendly School
VIQTORY Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, STEM Jobs magazine and Military Spouse magazine, announced that Kutztown University earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly School bronze designation. The list has been setting the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses for the past 10 years. KU has been named to the list every year since 2012.
Financial Aid Recognition
Kutztown University was recognized by LendEDU as an institution that provides some of the most financial aid to international students. Specifically, KU ranked 228 out of more than 1,000 schools that were analyzed for the report. On average, KU provides about $23,607 to each international student seeking financial aid, the most in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In addition, KU has been recognized by LendEDU as an institution that provides some of the most work-study aid to students. Specifically, KU ranked 83 out of 409 schools that were analyzed for the report. On average, KU provides about $2,572 to each work-study participant, second-most in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Further, KU provided 468 jobs through the work-study program for the most recent academic year.
Kutztown University's sport management program was recognized by Value Colleges and ranked No. 4 in their listing of the Top 25 Best Value Sports Management Degrees for 2019. The Value Colleges Top 25 Best Value Bachelor's in Sports Management ranking features only colleges and universities that have a proven track record of graduates going on to pursue rewarding careers in sport management.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field Team Wins 2019 PSAC Championship
The KU women’s track & field team captured the 2019 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Indoor Championship in Edinboro in March. The title marked Kutztown’s fourth PSAC women’s indoor team title all-time and first since 2006. Junior Kelly Groth won gold in the 60-meter dash and as part of the 4x400-meter relay to earn Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the championships. Groth was joined on the champion 4x400-meter relay team by juniors Ashley Stewart and Meghan Forsythe, and sophomore Tishun Graham. Freshman Taye Dairo was the PSAC champion in the high jump.
Additionally, head coach Ray Hoffman was honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.
Women’s Basketball Wins PSAC East Title, Hosts Final Four and Advances to Championship Game
The KU women’s basketball team captured a share of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division title for the second time in program history and the first time since 1996, finishing the regular season with a 17-11 overall record, including a 14-6 mark in PSAC East play. The Golden Bears defeated Lock Haven in the second round of the playoffs and hosted the PSAC Final Four for the first time in KU basketball (men or women) history. KU defeated California (PA) in the semifinals to advance to the championship game for the first time in program history, finishing as the runner-up.
Andrew Dunn Jr. Wins National Championship; KU Wrestling Has Three All-Americans and Wins PSAC Dual Championship
The Kutztown University wrestling team posted a 14-1 dual record and was ranked seventh in the final regular season national poll. The Golden Bears captured a share of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Division II Dual Championship, marking the first conference championship in program history. At the NCAA National Championships, three KU wrestlers earned All-America honors after helping the Golden Bears to a best-ever 10th-place finish. They were led by sophomore Andrew Dunn Jr., who became the third wrestler in program history to win a national championship. Dunn Jr. had 26 wins and just two losses on the season, won the regional championship and captured a 2-1 decision in the championship match to earn the national title. Senior Jeff Reimel earned All-America honors for the Golden Bears for the second time in his career after placing sixth in the country at 184 pounds. Senior T.C. Warner placed fifth in the nation at 174 pounds to capture All-America honors for the second time in his career. In addition, head coach Robert Fisher was named the PSAC Division II Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
Communication Design Program Ranked among Best in Pennsylvania
Kutztown University's communication design program was ranked third in Animation Career Review's 2019 Top 10 Graphic Design School Programs in Pennsylvania. The 2019 list is Animation Career Review's fifth annual ranking compilation for graphic design. More than 700 schools with graphic design programs were considered in preparation for this year's rankings and KU was the lone State System institution recognized.
Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design Program Featured as One of Best in Nation
Kutztown University's Master of Fine Arts in Communication Design program has been featured as one of the best online Master's in Graphic Design degree programs for 2019 in the nation by TheBestSchools.org. Ranked 11th, KU is also the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school on the list and offers the first and only MFA in Communication Design within the State System.
KU Named to Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll
Kutztown University has once again been named to Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the excellence and success of the top 25 percent of four-year colleges and universities in creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. This year's honor roll includes 78 schools from across the nation. Kutztown is one of only three Pennsylvania schools honored and the only member of PA's State System of Higher Education.
KU Designated as Voter-Friendly Campus
Kutztown University has been designated as a "Voter Friendly Campus" for the 2019-2020 year. Kutztown is one of 10 institutions in Pennsylvania and three in the State System to receive this year's designation.
KU Professor Wins First Prize in Lunar and Planetary Science 'Haiku' Contest
Dr. Erin Kraal, associate professor of Physical Science, won first prize for her haiku at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston. Dr. Kraal's haiku was also featured in the Wall Street Journal, for which she was interviewed, as well as the London Times and USA Today. Dr. Kraal's winning poem accompanied the presentation on geomorphic mapping of landslides on Mars with her undergraduate research student, Brianna McCardle. It was one of 335 entries submitted to the conference.
Spring 2019 Dean's List Announced
More than 1,750 students were named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.
Blues and Rock Ensemble I Wins in DownBeat’s 42nd Student Music Awards
Kutztown University's Blues and Rock Ensemble I was named one of two winners in th 2019 DownBeat Student Music Awards. KU took home a co-win with the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in the Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance in Blues/Rock/Pop category. 2019 marks the Blues and Rock Ensemble I's second-consecutive year winning the award. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kjos, director of jazz studies and professor of trumpet at KU since 1998. Kutztown is the only institution of higher education in Pennsylvania to receive a 2019 Student Music Award and is one of four total Pennsylvania schools that won, the other three being middle schools across various categories. DownBeat Magazine is the premier jazz magazine for professional jazz musicians, producers, engineers, advertisers and students.
Kutztown University and Lackawanna College Sign Transfer and Articulation Agreement
Kutztown University and Lackawanna College signed a five-year transfer and articulation agreement on May 13, 2019, to facilitate the transfer of Lackawanna College students to KU. Under this transfer and articulation agreement, Lackawanna College students who submit letters of intent to enter KU before the completion of 30 transferable credit hours will be guaranteed admission into a bachelor's degree program. Students will be given third-year (junior) status at Kutztown University on the condition that they graduate from Lackawanna College with an associate degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for most majors.
Two KU Students to compete for Team USA at Inline Speed Skating World Championships in Spain
Two Kutztown University students qualified to compete at the 2019 Inline Speed Skating World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. McKenzie Browne '19 and freshman Jazzmyn Foster qualified for a spot on the senior women's world team and will compete June 30-July 14. McKenzie is a native of Coopersburg and is a 17-time national champion. She won four gold medals at the 2019 National Championships. Her skating career has taken her to South Korea, Argentina, Colombia, Italy, Belgium, China, Taiwan, the Netherlands, and now Spain. Jazzmyn, a native of Birdsboro earned two silver medals and a bronze at this year's National Championships. 2019 marked her third year on the national team. She recently competed in China in 2017, and the Netherlands in 2018.
Professor Stunkard Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Continue Water Research
Dr. Cynthia Stunkard, assistant professor of special education at Kutztown University, received a sub-award agreement in Millersville University's $399,719 grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The grant began in April 2019, and will end in 2022. The "Watershed Awareness Using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability" Project initially formed out of the successes of two other NSF projects. The goal of this project is to research, build and deploy a nationwide student-centered university accessible curriculum for learning water concepts and water career awareness. KU Students will in the Delaware watershed to examine the healthiness of the water, the presence of microorganisms and various other aspects.
Kutztown Third in Final PSAC Dixon Cup Standings, Best Finish Since 2011-12
The Kutztown University athletic department finished third out of 18 schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)'s 2018-19 Dixon Trophy Standings. It is the best finish for Kutztown since placing third following the 2011-12 academic year. The award is given to the program which generates the top average point value among each PSAC Championship sport it sponsors.
Jennings, Keeny Become KU Softball's First Google Cloud Academic All-Americans
2019 graduate Sara Keeny of the Golden Bear softball team was named to two All-America first teams after leading the nation in hits in 2019. Fellow graduate and teammate Tamara Jennings was named honorable mention All-American. More importantly, Sara and Tamara were selected as Google Cloud Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA). The duo are the softball program's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Keeny graduated with a bachelor of science in criminal justice, completing her undergrad coursework with a 3.44 GPA. On the field, the four-time all-conference selection set program single-season records with 100 hits -- which led NCAA Division II -- and a .518 batting average. Jennings received her bachelor of science in computer science and finished her undergraduate work with a 3.89 GPA. The all-conference and all-region selection is enrolled in Kutztown's five-year computer science/information technology combined B.S./M.S. program and is set to pursue her master's degree.
Hoffman Third In Discus at NCAA DII Outdoor Championships to Repeat As All-American
Sophomore Luke Hoffman of the Golden Bear men’s outdoor track and field team repeated as an All-American in the discus at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May 2019. The Kutztown University sophomore placed third in the nation with a throw of 185-feet, 10-inches at Texas A&M-Kingsville.