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 advising directors/managers and/or representatives from each of the colleges, Enrollment Services, and other campus partners, is chaired by the Executive Director for Academic Advising Services, who works to improve the advising process and system. The Executive Director builds collaborative relationships with campus partners to facilitate and advance the University’s student success initiatives.
Selection and Responsibilities of Advisors
Although faculty advising is considered to be a contractual obligation, the extent of that obligation varies by unit. Each faculty member should consult the respective department chair or school director to determine 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 effective advising is a partnership between advisor and advisee and each has a role and responsibility, it is expected, regardless of where the advising occurs, the academic advisor’s roles are 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,
- Help the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and 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,
- Inform the advisee about prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee’s program and evaluate the advisee’s progress,
- Familiarize the advisee with and direct advisee to appropriate campus resources,
- Participate in the advisor training sessions provided by the University and respective college and department/school to keep informed and current,
- Encourage advisee to utilize available resources in the development of effective study skills,
- Provide necessary mentorship and career development support, and
- Employ Appreciative Advising and take a holistic approach in assisting students.