Kennesaw State’s CARES Program in Spotlight at National Conference
KENNESAW, Georgia (January 27, 2022) – A Kennesaw State University professor spoke at a prestigious education conference in Washington, D.C., last week about the successful KSU CARE Services program, which provides assistance to students facing challenges such as homelessness or aging out of foster care.
Sarah L. Young, research director for the KSU CARES program and associate professor of public administration at School of Government and International Affairswas a guest speaker at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2022 Annual Meeting.
Young had the opportunity to highlight the work of KSU cares at the conference attended by more than 2,000 senior leaders from universities across the United States
“KSU CARES is a national leader in programming for students who have faced homelessness and foster care,” Young said. “Presenting the CARES model at such a prestigious conference, in front of so many respected academic leaders, was an exciting opportunity to share a model that could transform higher education campus support programs.”
Young’s presentation was part of a “HEDs UP” session, modeled after the TED Talks format, which focused on innovative programs or compelling research by educators across the country. His presentation, “The ASCEND Model: Addressing Academic Inequity for Students Facing Homelessness and Aging Out of Foster Care,” provided insight into the state’s innovative campus support program model. from Kennesaw from the KSU CARES program.
The presentation highlighted data regarding significant inequalities in educational outcomes for students experiencing homelessness and/or coming out of the foster care system. The presentation highlighted the preliminary success of the model and described qualitative and quantitative research projects, which hopefully will prove the model’s success in improving academic outcomes for specific student populations, Young said.
The conference was held January 19-21 in Washington, D.C. The AAC&U includes more than 1,200 member institutions – including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities and comprehensive universities of all types and of all sizes.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.