Kennesaw State and Sandy Springs extend partnership

KENNESAW, Ga. | Sep 16, 2020

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved a new Memorandum of Understanding with Kennesaw State University that will provide opportunities to build on the existing collaboration between the City and the University.

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During its September 15 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council announced that the expanded partnership would open the door for ongoing collaboration on research and special projects between the two entities.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to serve as a living laboratory aligning classroom research with real-world challenges, with both the student body and the Sandy Springs community benefitting from the process,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business currently offers an MBA program and an Executive Certificate in Business Strategy from classrooms located at City Springs.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with the City of Sandy Springs and look forward to creating mutually beneficial opportunities for our students, faculty, and the members of the community,” said Kennesaw State’s Vice President for Research Phaedra Corso.

KSU and City leadership will work together to determine what projects to pursue. Programs will align with classroom learning objectives while providing innovative solutions for City services. Among the examples proposed for consideration: a Streamside Property Ownership Outreach program, delivering educational material to the community about stream buffers; Smart Street Design looking at test sites for opportunities for improvements to transit, active transportation and passenger vehicles; and the creation of a Business and Marketing Plan for CityBar at City Springs.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 45,000 students. Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia with 11 academic colleges. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit