What Students are Saying
"I just wanted to send a quick note letting you know that I have accepted a position at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN as the associate director of exploratory studies. I truly believe that the advising knowledge I gained from each of you and the master's in academic advising program made this possible. Furthermore, my affiliation with NACADA has been a great resource. Thank you! I am super excited to begin this new adventure in my advising career."
Linda Gregory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Watch a video from Patty Pedersen about her experience receiving her graduate certificate and master's degree in academic advising through K-State distance education.
“This master's has helped me to truly understand what it means to be an academic advisor. It has given me the background and skills to work with a variety of student demographics and populations. The projects that I have completed for this program have been implemented in my office and have increased our ability to support student success. This program has really helped me to remember that advising is all about student success and not just course registration and general education requirement.”
“To All of My K-State Professors and Others Who Have Assisted Me:
Words cannot express how deeply touched I am for completing my Master's in Academic Advising degree at Kansas State University. I am truly thankful for the acquired knowledge that I have received through vigorous thrust and relentless late nights of study. Your teachings have made me a stronger and more confident advisor.
Late night snacks and hot chocolate, sodas and various other junk foods that kept me going as I studied has now caused me to set another goal – creating a better diet!
It was not easy, but I can say it was all worth it. I encourage you to continue teaching.
I am grateful. Blessings,”
Debbie J. Harper, College of Biblical Studies, Houston, Texas
“This was an amazing experience, to have professionals in the field as my classmates and some of the top sources in the field as my professors. Now, three months into my new position, I'm overseeing all faculty advising, as well as single-handedly advising all new incoming students until they declare a major. Not only do I benefit from having my education fresh in my mind, but my papers and projects are still relevant and often applicable resources in my new position. I couldn't be more satisfied with my blossoming career and my decision to pursue my M.S. in Academic Advising Administration with K-State.”
Jaimie Newby, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois
“The K-State program has helped me identify gaps in advisor training and development in my department and across campus while providing me with the knowledge and tools to improve it. Since starting my program, I have modified our new advisor training program in my office to be more comprehensive beyond informational components. Additionally, we have created an Advisors' Council to help improve advising at the campus level. My course work has been essential in helping us create student-learning outcomes, an advising assessment plan, professional development opportunities and more.”
Stacie Grisham, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Tennessee
“The K-State program is fantastic! I never thought I could be an online learner and am amazed that I've been successful. The professors are wonderful as they challenge us and guide us. Their dedication to making sure we learn the material and can understand and apply it is evident. One of my favorite things about the program is the opportunity to learn from the other students. Everyone is supportive and each brings their own background and experience that, when shared, is an education in itself! I have used so much of what I've learned not only in advising, but also in the classroom with brand new students!”
“I am pursuing the M.S. in academic advising at K-State as part of a career change that I am undertaking. I have a passion for higher education and working with students at that point in their development. The M.S. in advising has expanded my knowledge of the field, piqued my interest in various areas of advising, and it has clarified my desire to take on a new teaching role as an academic advisor.”
“Working with these students is so rewarding, and challenging at the same time. Some of my favorite experiences include students that come in and say, "I don't know if this is what I really want to do." I enjoy getting to talk with the student and use the information I gained in my program at Kansas State University to figure out if the student is having personal issues, academic issues or perhaps really is in the wrong major. So often, personal problems make students doubt and question everything else in their life and when you "talk them off the ledge," you are able to figure out that what they are feeling actually has nothing to do with their plan to become an engineer. Helping a student discover that is so exciting.”
Sarah Ayres, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma