Mission Statement

The Department of Student Engagement provides a comprehensive array of programs, services, resources, and centers that promote academic success, integrative opportunities, and co-curricular experiences for Kennesaw State University students. We play a vital role in supporting the university's goal to recruit, retain, and graduate diverse student populations by fostering a sense of belonging to and involvement with KSU's dynamic, global community of learners and leaders.

Theoretical Foundations

Student Engagement anchors its programs, offices, and centers in Schlossberg ‘s (1989) theory of Mattering and Marginality. In this theory, Dr. Scholossberg states:

“There will be many continuous aspects that enable students to recognize themselves as they move to new living environments, change academic majors, and take on new leadership roles; there will also be many discontinuous aspects of their college lives. This approach makes it possible to communicate with all students; for whether they are traditional or nontraditional, gifted or average, male or female, all students are concerned about belonging and mattering. As people tell us their stories, we can listen in ways that connect us. As we listen to students and plan activities with them, we need to hear the common underlying concerns: will they fit in, will they matter? Despite these commonalities, we must acknowledge individuality. However, the most important lesson is that event with our differences, we are connected by the need to matter and the need to belong.”

Student Engagement’s individual administrative units are also anchored in theory that is specific to the unit’s mission and purpose.   

Adult and Commuter Student Affairs (ACSA)

Adult Learning Theory, Knowles (1984)

Student Retention Theory, Tinto (1988)

Multicultural Student Affairs

Developmental Model of Intercultural Maturity, King & Baxter-Magolda (2005)

Volunteerism and Service Learning

Experiential Learning Model, Kolb (1984)

Social Change Model, Astin (1996)