Kennesaw State University answered the expressed needs for programming, services, and advocacy for the returning adult by establishing the Office of Adult Learner Programs in 1987. Founded by Dr. Toby Hopper (former Dean of Students at KSU), Adult and Commuter Student Affairs (formerly Adult Learner Programs) has grown into a national example for garnering both academic and social support for adult learners, commuters, and nontraditional students.
Adult and Commuter Student Affairs (ACSA) is a comprehensive academic support service committed to improving the retention and persistence of nontraditional and commuter students. Our program seeks to enhance the university experience by providing a community of support for students returning to college or starting college later in life. Programming initiatives are designed to improve academic skills and increase commuter student engagement. Initiatives include peer academic support, precollege and transition services, advising, a commuter lounge and adult learner centered events.
The program recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Over the years, Adult and Commuter Student Affairs has been recognized numerous times for best practices and innovation. In 2008, the program was recognized in the publication, Serving Adult Learners: A Handbook for Effective Practice. The program’s efforts earned KSU recognition as the top rated university in the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education’s (ANTSHE) national survey for measuring nontraditional student friendliness in 2010. ACSA was the winner of the Georgia College Personnel Association's (GCPA) Outstanding Student Learning Program Award in 2013. In 2014, ACSA won the Outstanding Adult Learner Program Award from the American College Personnel Association College (ACPA). In 2018, Adult and Commuter Student Affairs was recognized by the University of Georgia Board of Regents and awarded Outstanding Adult Learner Center.
What is a Commuter Student?
Kennesaw State University recognizes a commuter student as a student that does NOT live on campus or in any University-owned or managed property, and must utilize various modes of transportation to travel to and from campus to attend class and university sponsored programs, events and suppport services.
You're not alone! Commuter students make up about 80% of the entire KSU student population. Remember that many of your classmates and friends on campus are also commuting and may be a great resource to you in terms of advice, experience, and even parking secrets.
What is ACSA and The ACSA Center?
We recognize that commuter students may face unique and different challenges than those students who live on campus. Not only do you deal with the daily commute, often you need to balance home, social, and academic responsibilities. ACSA's mission is to provide support services, a center to belong to, and effective communication to help facilitate commuter students' success and connection to the Kennesaw State University community. Our primary purpose is to ensure that your needs, as commuter students, are acknowledged and addressed by our campus community.
Tips for Commuter Students - Receive Ongoing Support with ACSA
In order to make your college experience the best it can be, here are some helpful suggestions:
Get to campus early to beat traffic and to get a good parking spot!Parking Information at KSU
Talk to other students, faculty and staff, ACSA is a wonderful place to meet people!
Get involved in campus life by joining a student organization or club. Campus Life
Attend lectures, special programs and campus events.
Go to the KSU Recreation and Activities Center to work out or exercise Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center
If possible, get a job on campus Student Jobs on Campus.
Join KSU Club Sports
Don’t eat lunch in your car - come to ACSA, we have tables, microwave, toaster oven, refrigerater, hot water for tea and hot chocolate.
Stay on campus after classes- there’s always something going on! Become a mentor or request to be a mentee and get a mentor! Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program