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Academic Advisement at SUNY Buffalo State is a relationship between students and advisers that prepares students to successfully navigate college processes; understand the parts and purpose of degree requirements; follow a meaningful, experience-rich path from matriculation to choosing majors to timely graduation; evaluate post-graduate career options; and become positive, contributing members of the Buffalo State alumni community.
Academic advisement serves as inspiration, motivation, and support for all students in their academic and professional goals as they develop as members of the Buffalo State community and transition to being active alumni leaders of a diverse society.
The values associated with advising at SUNY Buffalo State resonate with the values of the college. Academic Advising exemplifies the profitable learning that can occur outside of the classroom and the fulfillment that is found in intellectual discovery.
Access: We are committed to offering accurate, purposeful advising to help all students develop meaningful academic and career plans that address their goals in a timely manner.
Diversity: We respect the individuality of our students. Advising services are available in a variety of ways that meet the diverse needs of our campus populations and help individuals realize their full potential.
Service to Society: We foster habits required for critical thinking and social awareness so that students make informed choices consistent with their academic, career and life goals.
Integrity: We seek to build meaningful academic relationships between advisers and students in a process that demonstrates a commitment to professional ethics and moral integrity, and that thereby affords students the opportunity for self-reflection and authentic inquiry.
Academic Advising Commitments
Academic Advising at Buffalo State reflects the college’s strategic position as a transformational learning environment focused on student success. Academic advisers and students at SUNY Buffalo State share responsibility for quality academic advisement. Students must commit to taking responsibility for actively, regularly, and honestly engaging with their academic advisers to develop their personal and professional plans. SUNY Buffalo State will:
Provide students with advisers who care for students’ experiences, respect their life choices and plans, and serve as advocates when problems need resolution.
Mentor students as they explore and clarify their values, educational path, career plans, and life goals.
Offer timely information and accurate guidance about degree requirements, extra-curricular educational activities and research opportunities, policies and procedures to assist students in navigating and maximizing their college experience.
Guide students to maximize academic success, complete graduation requirements in a timely manner, and transition smoothly to future academic or professional work.
Conduct ongoing assessment of college-wide academic advising to maximize effectiveness.
Academic advising is required each term for all matriculated undergraduates at Buffalo State. Students are encouraged to contact their adviser early in the semester (as early as the third week of classes) to discuss their academic goals and progress. See the tabs to the left for more information about how to access advisement services.
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