When going into college, not everyone knows what field they want to study or they are struggling to transfer credits from another school within their major. For these students Kean University provides the Center for Advising, Persistence and Success (CAPS). Here, undeclared freshman, sophomores and transfer students can receive advisement from their CAPS advisors.
Meeting with an advisor is a requirement for all undergraduate students before they can register for classes each semester. Those who have yet to declare a major will receive their primary advisement through CAPS, until they declare a major of study. Students must choose a major in order to be eligible to graduate.
Associate Director for Juniors, Chantonette Lyles spoke about guiding students in picking a major, “CAPS would begin the conversation around what interests do they have. For example, do they want to help people? Do they enjoy writing? Do they enjoy math and science? Do they enjoy working with their hands? By asking these types of questions and narrowing down interests, students will be able to really think about what excites them and can develop this interest into declaring a major.”
To schedule an appointment with your CAPS advisor students can click the link on the CAPS website. Questions based off of students specific grade-level/situation can be answered through the following emails:
The team at CAPS provides culturally responsive academic advising, evidence-based programming, educational planning and positive academic transitions for undeclared freshman, sophomore and transfer students. Connecting these students to services and resources across the university, CAPS empowers them to engage in unique experiences along their academic journey. The center is a safe space that promotes community and belonging.
Assistant Vice President for CAPS Mensah Peterson, Ed.D. said, "I hope students can take away that CAPS is a place where students can get their academic needs addressed. We are here to answer any questions or concerns that students may have. In addition, we want students to know that we are advocates for them during their academic journey. We want to ensure that students are advised, guided and provided the proper direction to graduate.”
Services offered at CAPS are as follows:
Early Alert Review
Referrals to Other Departments
Transcript Evaluation/Degree Audits
For more information students can visit the Center for Academic Success (CAS) building on the first floor in room 111. Summer hours include: Mon-Thurs 8:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Don’t forget about advisement, Cougars!