Karl Kandt – On Academic Counseling in Higher Ed

For over 20 years, Karl Kandt has worked as an academic adviser in the field of higher education, most recently at Kansas State University as the assistant director of career and employment services. While currently managing his family farm in Herington, Kansas, and serving previously in transportation and support command roles as an officer in the US Army Reserves, Karl Kandt hopes to continue as an academic administrator and counselor in the future.

Academic counseling is a service provided to students by a school in which counselors (advisers), meet with students individually to help them make sense of degree programs, degree requirements, course selection, and future employment options. While the method of interaction between academic counselors and students may vary by school, all academic counselors in the United States are held accountable to the standards and regulations established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The mission of an academic counselor is to understand the abilities and aspirations of students and ask thought-provoking questions that help them realize their full potential and develop plans for lifelong learning.