Academic advising and career services functions join forces at KCAI

14 November 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2012) — The Kansas City Art Institute has become one of the first colleges of art and design in the nation to consolidate its academic advising and career services operations into a single office.

“Our efforts to combine academic advising and career services will serve as a model for many colleges and universities during a time when students and parents are becoming more and more concerned about employment opportunities after graduation from college,” said Michael Gravitt, vice president for enrollment management and student achievement at KCAI. “Thanks to this reorganization, the counselors advising students about their academic programs will also help them think about career goals, ensuring that the former effectively supports the latter.”
AACS counselors will assist students from the moment they enter the college’s widely emulated foundation program as freshmen to the time, typically four years later, when they are in the final push toward completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Gravitt said AACS will extend its services beyond graduation day by offering resources and counseling to recent graduates as well as to currently enrolled students.
Tori Sinclair, who has been with the college since 2001, has been appointed director of AACS. Previously she was assistant director of advising and registration. Reporting to Sinclair will be Calder Kamin, academic and career advisor, and Rishad Gandhi, AACS coordinator.
In other organizational changes at the college, Gravitt announced that Andrea Khan, registrar and director of the college’s Academic Resource Center, will take a leadership role in campus diversity and international studies. Reporting to Khan will be Kathy Keller, disabilities coordinator/tutor; Adam Rollins, academic support specialist; and Emily Brattin, international studies coordinator.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at
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