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.