Office of External Affairs

The Office of External Affairs promotes university priorities at the federal, state, and local levels. We build and strengthen relationships with government, community, non-profits, and industry partners to grow mutually beneficial partnerships. Our office serves as a resource to external stakeholders and fosters collaboration by connecting partners to all KSU has to offer as a public university.

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Carnegie Designated Community Engaged Institution

KSU has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation with its Community Engagement Classification. To receive this designation the Carnegie Foundation engages with institutions in a substantive process of inquiry, reflection, and self-assessment and requires thorough data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and scope of work throughout the institution connected with the community.  Receiving this designation is a prestigious honor and places KSU as part of a select group of institutions that are considered national leaders in community engagement. 

For additional information on the Carnegie Elective Classification on Community Engagement, please see

Please see the brief fact sheet which provides an overview of the Carnegie Elective Classification on Community Engagement and what it means for KSU.