The University’s advising program consists of both professional and faculty advisors in each college.
Administrative responsibility for the advising program at Kennesaw State University resides with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The academic deans are directly responsible for administering the advising program in their respective colleges. The Undergraduate Advising Council, consisting of representatives from each of the colleges, Enrollment Services, and other campus partners. The Council is chaired by the AVP for Academic Advising, who works to improve the advising process and system.
Selection and Responsibilities of Advisors
Although faculty advising is considered to be a contractual obligation, the extent of that obligation varies by unit. Faculty members should consult their respective department chairs to determine their specific advising obligations. In most colleges, advising is a primary responsibility for professional staff, and faculty advisors serve as mentors to the students in the discipline.
Recognizing that effective advising is a partnership between advisors and advisees and that each has its own role and responsibility, it is expected that, regardless of where the advising occurs, the academic advisor’s roles is to:
- Help the advisee understand the academic and administrative processes of the university.
- Help the advisee understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
- Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee’s demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. Advisors help the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, other academic and personal development experiences provided by the university.
- Help the advisee plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The advisor will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee’s program and evaluate their progress.
- Familiarize advisees with, and direct advisees to, appropriate campus resources.
- Participate in the advisor training sessions provided by the university and each college and department to keep informed and current.
- Encourage students to utilize available resources in the development of effective study skills.
- Provide necessary mentorship and career development support.