Help with Academic Advising
From the moment you step foot on Plattsburgh’s campus (physically and virtually, too), there is an astounding amount of academic assistance available to you. As a matriculated student, you always have a designated academic advisor in your major or program. On top of that, you have numerous sources of assistance to help you succeed in every way.
Your Primary Academic Advisor
Your academic advisor is usually your first contact when you need to:
- Plan courses for the next semester
- Ask a question about a campus resource, or
- Explore major-specific careers or other special opportunities
Your Academic Advisor’s Role
Your academic advisor is primarily responsible for the following:
- Affording ample opportunity to meet to discuss your educational experiences, especially during the designated “course advisement period,” to review your selection of courses for the next semester and issue your registration PIN;
- Acquainting you with general education requirements and college policies;
- Ensuring that you are aware of departmental requirements and specific course sequences in the major; determining that you have had adequate preparation (e.g., prerequisite courses) for courses that are recommended;
- Assisting you in the continual monitoring and evaluation of your progress toward your degree;
- Assisting you in clarifying your values and goals and to better understand yourself;
- Recommending college services, campus involvement or other opportunities, in order for you to make the most of what is available to you.
As a student, you too have a special responsibility in the advising process. You should take initiative to seek advisement and to develop a relationship with your advisor. To do your part well, you should:
- Learn the name and location of your academic advisor, found in MyPlattsburgh “Students” tab or in DegreeWorks. Introduce yourself to your academic advisor(s) early in the semester, and have a short conversation about how things are going so far.
- Call or visit your advisor at the first sign of a question, concern, or problem. Advisors are excellent sources of support, referral, and information about campus resources, policies, and courses specific to your field of study.
- Login to MyPlattsburgh very regularly — to check Plattsburgh email and important announcements about advising from the college and from advisors;
- Attend to the many announcements about “course advisement period” that occurs during the two weeks following midterm grades. Each student must make an appointment to meet with their advisor to review midterm grades, plan the next semester, and obtain their registration PIN. Missing course advisement period prevents you from access to priority registration for the next semester.
- Prepare for advisement by keeping track of your progress toward degree completion by reviewing your Degree Works audit (which always lists satisfied and outstanding degree requirements), and searching the online schedule of courses offered in the next semester.
Other Advisory Resources
Your advisor is not an isolated resource for academic or other assistance. You may also consult with (in no particular order):
- Your Department Chair — if your advisor is unavailable and you have a major-specific question or concern that requires immediate assistance.
- Academic Advising Office — if you are unclear about an academic policy, need a second opinion, need clarification about advisement/registration procedures, or have academic difficulties that cause you to consider a course or college withdrawal.
- Residence Life Staff (such as an CA/CD) — especially if you are new and unfamiliar with navigating your way around campus or are unsure about how advisement works.
- Student Health & Counseling Center — if a medical, psychological, or other personal issue is interfering with your ability to focus on your schoolwork or has/will affect your academic performance.
- Career Development Center — if you are not satisfied with your current major path and are contemplating a different direction, or if you want information about the next step in your professional/career planning.
- Student Support Services — if you have a documented learning/physical disability, or now believe you have a disability, and require assessment or accommodative services to assist you in your academic pursuits.
As you can tell, SUNY Plattsburgh has abundant resources available to you, for academic advising and much more. All you need to do is ask.