Advising, in its broadest sense, is the continuing conversation between advisor and advisee that centers on academic matters, career and professional plans, additional educational opportunities, and other related topics. In this conversation, the advisor serves as a guide and mentor, drawing upon other campus resources for assistance with this responsibility. One important part of this type of advising includes helping students plan an academic program and tracking progress towards completion of that program. It is important, therefore, that advisors be familiar with both the General Education requirements and the major requirements for their departments. The KSU catalog, KSU-provided online tools such as DegreeWorks, and experienced academic advisors are all valuable resources for students.
The Office for New, Exploratory, and Students in Transition (the NEST) is the primary advising resource for students at Kennesaw State who have not yet chosen a major, as well as those who are considering a change of major. The NEST is also a secondary advising resource for those students who have a declared major but need assistance with general education requirements or university policies.
DegreeWorks is a web-based tool that provides real-time advice on degree progression. This system is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions.