Coles Annual Report 2019-2020

Flight Academy Brings Fun and Games to Career Planning The Coles College began injecting some fun into its Hughes Leadership and Career Program in a move to inspire students to get serious about planning for their futures. Launched in Fall 2019 for students in the intro-level Hughes course, Flight Academy is an engagement program that awards points to students who participate in activities that help prepare them for life after graduation. These include attending career fairs, guest lectures, academic program information sessions, career prep workshops, and a variety of other development activities. Students track participation by logging activities online or scanning QR codes from a mobile application. The program will roll out to all Coles students in Fall 2020. In addition to the Flight Academy, the Hughes Leadership and Career program rolled out more sweeping changes focusing on experiential learning over graded assignments. Course credit now comes from event and activity attendance, self-assessments of professional aptitudes and strengths, and career conversations with professionals working in the student’s chosen field. Revising the Hughes program benefits students, who have more flexibility in how they earn Hughes credits, and benefits career coaches, who can now spend more one-on-one time with students Coles Receives Hospitality Industry Scholarship With the Coles College preparing to launch its hospitality management degree, AAHOA, the trade association representing the owners of half the country’s hotels, endowed

an annual scholarship for exceptional students enrolled in the program. The Michael Leven and Lee Dushoff AAHOA Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership, named for two of AAHOA’s founding members (including the Leven School’s namesake), will provide valuable tuition assistance to recipients, as well as opportunities to visit the organization’s Atlanta headquarters and meet with the board of directors.

New Paths for Student Success

Board of Regents Approves New Degrees in Hospitality and Cybersecurity The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved two new degree programs at Kennesaw State University: a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management. Both will be offered in Fall 2020. Hospitality is the fifth-largest industry in Georgia and employs 10 percent of the U.S. workforce. Meanwhile, the country is expecting a 31.6 percent increase in demand for information security analysts over the next eight years. “The addition of these two degree programs is further evidence of Kennesaw State’s commitment to developing academic programs that serve the interest of our students and, at the same time, support the growing marketplace demands of the state and region,” said KSU President Pamela Whitten. With annual revenues exceeding $4.7 billion in the state of Georgia and a 31.6 percent increase in nationwide demand for information security analysts over the next eight years, the M.S. in Cybersecurity addresses a major workforce need. The M.S. in Cybersecurity seeks to build on the success of KSU’s Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development, a collaboration between the College of Computing and Software Engineering, the Coles College of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, by offering this 30-credit hour program, which features threat prevention and response, risk management, and applying the appropriate tools and methodologies to solve real-world problems. The hospitality industry employs approximately 10 percent of the workforce in the United States, and is the fifth-largest employer in the state of Georgia. Yet Georgia’s universities conferred fewer than 100 degrees in hospitality in 2017, the last year for which data were available. With the BBA in Hospitality Management, KSU stands at the forefront of bolstering those numbers as well as the state’s hospitality workforce. The degree will be offered through the Michael A. Leven School of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality and will require students to complete 400 hours of work experience in addition to the coursework. To help with enrollment, members of one of the largest hotel associations in the state have pledged nearly $125,000 in scholarships. KSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy Schwaig says the two programs will position KSU as a leader in two critical, rapidly growing industries.“Both the hospitality and cybersecurity industries continue to expand, offering growing opportunities for our graduates. These new programs focus on relevant knowledge that addresses industry demand,” said Schwaig. Each academic year brings with it the promise of new ways to enhance business education. Among the developments this year were the approval of two new degree programs and the launch of a high-tech, gamified platform for motivating students to participate in career enrichment activities.

Coles College Showcase Connects Students with Opportunities

Academic departments, student organizations, and resources from across campus came together in the Convocation Center in March 2020 for the first-annual Coles College Showcase. Hundreds of students learned about educational and extracurricular opportunities available to them, while they enjoyed some fun in the form of door prizes and a photo booth. The event was organized by the Office of Undergraduate Programs and will become a yearly tradition.

Coles College Flight Academy

Coles College Flight Academy



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