KSU no ‘diploma mill’; SPSU should end ‘hissy fit’
November 16, 2013 11:58 PM | 1510 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

As a Kennesaw State University senior, I will honestly say that it isn’t the perfect school. Registration can be a challenge, communication from the administration is inconsistent, athletics are taking over, essential classes sometimes require near-magic powers to get into, the lunchroom is overrated, and some professors teach their own hobbies and research interests rather than relevant course material. But I’d be willing to bet that a random poll of students from any state university would turn up exactly the same array of complaints. I have learned to love KSU and appreciate it for the quality education I feel I have received so far, overall.

So after hearing all the outcry and disparaging remarks from the Southern Poly crowd that have erupted since the announcement of the impending merger, I feel I must write in on behalf of the many talented, intelligent students and faculty at KSU and defend our academic honor.

From the way they are carrying on, a person would think that Southern Poly surpasses MIT as a wellspring of engineering brilliance. As for KSU, these people appear to see it as a cesspool of shiftless, beer-swilling fraternity idiots whose notebooks are as blank as their brains and whose diplomas aren’t worth the parchment paper they’re printed on. I feel that I’m not alone when I say that this attitude is insulting.

I chose KSU not as a last resort, but because it was close to home, affordable and seemed to be on its way up in the collegiate world. I imagine these are the same reasons that many people choose Southern Poly. There really isn’t a lot of difference between the two schools as far as I can see.

So instead of pretending that the “Stanford of the South” is merging with some unaccredited diploma mill and having the requisite hissy-fit, why can’t we be excited for the grand exchange of resources that this merger will bring, and the many possibilities for positive growth?

Philip Brock

Marietta

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Marietta resident
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November 18, 2013
Bravo Mr. Brock. I'm not a graduate from either school but I'm glad finally someone from KSU is sticking up for their school. I found myself offended by the lack of respect SPSU students were giving KSU students. Afterall SPSU is a good school but it's not Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, or MIT. Good luck to you both. Hopefully SPSU students can check their egos at the door.
SPSU Student
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November 20, 2013
Foremost, I apologize for the disrespect given to KSU over this situation. Many of the facilitators of the fight against the merge have tried to remind outraged students that this is NOT KSU's "fault".

I know the argument is almost antiquated, but although the universities share scant similarities, the missions of the two are different. I am not of the people who is claiming that either one of the institutions is better than the other--the institutions don't even fall in the same category, EVER, so those kinds of statements are absurd. The two institutions are so clearly different, I just don't see them "becoming" one at all. The way it looks, SPSU will serve as KSU's college of engineering, or something like that, and the technology geared degrees that aren't engineering, engineering technology, or architecture will be merged with the majors already in existence at KSU.
Porschephile911
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November 25, 2013
The concern over the merger with KSU is that SPSU's programs are completely foreign to a liberal arts environment. The quality of KSU is not in question. This is now spilling over into accreditation issues for Southern Tech.

The authorative accrediting body for architecture education in the U.S., NAAB, apparently shares this concern.

http://www.naab.org/news/view.aspx?newsID=135

Accreditation by ABET, the authorative body for engineering education in the U.S., might believe the same.

Is merging SPSU and KSU worth any potential loss of accreditation of the SPSU programs? The answer is a resounding "No."

A side note- SPSU just received perfect scores from ABET. A feat MIT, GT, Cal Tech, et.al., have not achieved.

http://www.spsu.edu/newsroom/news/ABET_team_visits_engineering_programs.htm

This is not to compare engineering schools. They have different missions and serve different purposes. This merely points out that Southern Tech as an entity can hold its own. This would prove a challenge under any liberal arts school.

The following link lists the 16 most difficult colleges in the U.S. and Canada in which to earn a grade of "A." It was compiled by a former Duke University professor.

http://www.purduereview.com/campus/grade-inflation/

The question arises can KSU assimilate SPSU's degree program and maintain accreditation.

Georgialib
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November 26, 2013
KSU is not a liberal arts school, just to set the record straight. It is a comprehensive university.
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