Centers and Institutes

A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research
For the last 20 years, the Burruss Institute has maintained a dedicated, professional staff and faculty. They are known and respected for creating and maintaining large, high-quality datasets, and providing a wide range of technical assistance in a broad spectrum of policy areas, to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities at various levels.

The Division for Global Affairs
The Institute for Global Initiatives (IGI) promotes and collaboratively leads global learning and regional studies among KSU's faculty, students, staff and the community through academic services and programs, research and scholarship, and partnerships. The IGI supports and promotes KSU's mission of global learning by collaborating with divisions, colleges, schools, departments, and other units to ensure the infusion of international dimensions into teaching, scholarship, and community service.

Center for African and African Diaspora Studies
The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) is dedicated to promoting research, scholarly exchanges, programs, and collaborative projects which foster an understanding of the complex relations of Black peoples around the world. The Center also coordinates the interdisciplinary major in African and African Diaspora Studies and the minor in African and African-American Studies in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies
The Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Kennesaw State University fosters social cohesion in a democratic context by producing and disseminating information, developed with the highest standards of research, mainly, but not exclusively, for the larger community in Georgia and the Southeast of the United States on social, cultural, educational, and technological matters that promote the understanding and advancement of people of Latin American, Spain, and Portugal as legitimate and productive members of Society.

The Confucius Institute at KSU
The Confucius Institute at KSU (CIKSU) promotes the teaching and understanding of Chinese language and culture among educators, business, and the general community in the metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia. It organizes workshops and training programs on a variety of topics, collaborates with various KSU academic units to deliver cutting edge workshops for entrepreneurs interested in doing business in China, and administers the Chinese proficiency test. The CIKSU partners with Yangzhou University, China.

Chinese Proficiency Testing Center
The Chinese Proficiency Testing Center, also known as HSK, is China's national standardized test designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of speakers whose first language is not Chinese. The Center was established at KSU in 2003 and serves all of the southeastern U.S. It was housed in the College of Education until 2008 when it was moved to the Department of Foreign Languages. From its present home, the HSK and the Confucius Institute will work together to organize tests and other activities.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides leadership, support, and advocacy for initiatives designed to enhance learning through teaching and scholarship. It cultivates a culture of ongoing professional development for faculty effectiveness.

Distance Learning Center
The KSU Distance Learning Center (DLC) provides administrative and technological support to faculty and students in the creation, delivery, and enhancement of academic classes and programs delivered through technology-enhanced mediums (online, hybrid/blended, and synchronous video). DLC engages in the following activities: 1) supports faculty who are tasked with teaching online and other distance learning courses; 2) identifies, disseminates, and integrates new technologies to support distance learning; 3) provides student support services to enable high performance in distance learning settings; and 4) coordinates its efforts closely with other KSU units that touch distance learning.

KSU Press
The KSU Press acts as the publishing arm of Kennesaw State University. The press is dedicated to visionary publishing by producing works that engage and challenge a diverse audience. The press is interested in works that address issues of diversity, internationalization, ethical leadership, the scholarship of teaching, and much more.

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