As an integral unit of University College, the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies shares a deep commitment to the values of the College. Recruitment, retention, progression, and graduation of first-year students and students in transition at Kennesaw State University are of prime consideration, which results in department values that reflect strong synchronicity with those of the College.

We, the members of the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies at Kennesaw State University, place the following values at the center of our teaching, service, and scholarship:

  • Students are the primary consideration in the decisions we make in our teaching, our service, and our scholarship. We are committed to and intentional about student success. We strive to do everything in our power to ensure that students feel welcome in our department and our classes, that they have ready access to college resources and personnel, and that they know we are student advocates across the KSU campus and in the larger community.

  • Teaching and learning are enhanced by working in partnership with students, other faculty, staff, and the larger community; therefore, we actively seek such collaboration. We value a collaborative learning environment inside and outside the classroom, one in which students learn from diverse others in both peer learning and peer teaching activities and one in which we (faculty and staff) actively support each other in our mutual goal of ensuring student success.

  • We see the university experience not as a collection of discrete courses and majors but as an integrated multidisciplinary preparation for life in a complex world, and we seek to convey this vision to our students. We create connections among academic disciplines and KSU entities that contribute to student success, and we play a unique role in bringing together academic resources to provide seamless support to students.
  • We emphasize teaching and learning about different groups of people and different parts of the world so that our students will be able to participate fully and responsibly in our increasingly diverse and global society. We approach what we do with a global perspective, looking for ways to internationalize our curriculum, our programs, and our services. We strive to create an inviting atmosphere for students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • We embrace diversity and value the unique cultures, lifestyles, qualities, backgrounds, and experiences of all people. We seek opportunities to support and promote this value and strive to create a climate of inclusiveness that honors and celebrates the unique contributions of all individuals.
  • We value research, scholarship, creative activity, and lifelong learning, and we encourage and support these pursuits among members of our department and our students. Through these endeavors, we seek not only to enrich our learning and that of our students but also to contribute to our fields of study and, ultimately, to the betterment of society.
  • Our department intentionally and systematically incorporates service learning, volunteerism, and community-based learning in its curriculum and programs. We promote civic engagement, political participation, and social responsibility that lead to an active citizenry who have a positive impact on their communities at the local, national, and global levels.
  • We place a strong emphasis on leadership. Members of the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies value leadership that is ethical, innovative, and student-oriented. We consistently model what it means to make good, moral leadership decisions that are in the best interests of our students, our faculty, and our staff. We support each other in leadership endeavors designed to help us learn and grow, and we are concerned about helping others develop their leadership potential. We hold firm to the conviction that leadership occurs at all levels, not just in a top-down fashion, within our department, college, university, and the larger community.
  • We see potential and possibility in our students, our department, our institution, our profession, the world, and each other. We believe in the continuous improvement of our classes, our department, and the university as a whole.