Text of Academic Advisement Associate Deans’ Perspective
Academic Advisement Associate Deans Perspective
General Tips Always use advisement slips as official proof of advisement Keep a copy in the students file If you recommend a specific general education course, always add a category option e.g., COM 103 or U course Student records should not be kept full-time in advisers office Locked central storage site is needed for FERPA and accreditation purposes
Upper-Division Courses All students must complete a minimum of 42 credits of upper division courses Temporarily reduced (thru May 06) because of college-wide reduction to 120 credits to graduate Upper division courses are generally 300 or 400 level Foreign Language 201 and 202 count as UD If a course from a two-year school transfers in as 300/400 level, it is considered upper division UD requirement is a bigger problem for transfers
Repeating Courses Students can repeat courses in which they earned E, D, D+, C- But TAP does not cover D, D+, C- repeats Cannot legally take a course for a third time without an approved petition Course appears as illegal repeat on transcript and does not count in GPA without petition
Drop vs. Withdraw Dropping occurs during the one-week drop-add period Course never appears on transcript No financial liability No effect on financial aid or satisfactory academic progress (SAP) Withdrawing occurs from Week 2-end of semester W appears on transcript, financial liability, counts against SAP Course withdrawal deadline around 10 th week Can withdraw from college (all courses) until Study Day Leave of Absence deadline also Study Day (results in W grades) Change of deadline newly effective Fall 2005 Medical leaves can be granted retroactively with documentation- forms are processed through Weigel Health Center
Writing Intensive Courses Students must take 6 credits (usually two courses) designated Writing Intensive (W) Some departments use portfolio review to satisfy requirement Course must be designated W the semester it is taken W courses must be taken at Buffalo State
Transfer Credit Maximum of 88 total transfer credits From 2 and/or 4 year institutions OR From 4 year institution Maximum of 66 credits from two-year institutions Maximum 15 credits each from proprietary schools, military service, noncollegiate institutions
GEC Gen. Ed. Requirements for AA /AS Transfer Students The old Gen. Ed. core requirements apply if students matriculated in college PRIOR to Fall 2000 GEC students who stop out for more than one semester are now automatically placed in GE2K upon returnmust petition to return to GEC Get a blanket waiver of all 5 primary gen. ed. categories (CT, CA, CH, CS, CM) Must still satisfy diversity, global, Writing intensive, basic math, English Waiver does NOT apply to AAS degrees
GE2K Gen. Ed. Requirements for AA /AS Transfer Students For GE2K students, ONLY LIST B courses are waived with AA or AS degree Waiver does NOT apply to AAS degrees The seven List A courses cannot be waived, even by petition Very helpful to alert students to look for the codes for List A courses: R, U, N, O, V1, V2, V3
General Education Requirements for ALL AA /AS Transfer Students Associates degree must be verified by Admissions Ask if most recent transcript (showing degree) has been sent to Admissions If advisee states he/she had the most recent transcript sent to BSC (and the ASSOC course is not showing in DN under student transcript), student should contact Admissions first If the response from Admissions is delayed or none, can then e-mail audit: [email protected]@buffalostate.edu Remind transfer students to send to Admissions their HS transcript to verify Foreign Language
What is a G.E.T.A.? G.E.T.A. = General Education Transcript Addendum Applies to transfer studentssent by another (usually) SUNY institution indicating which trustees requirements are finished If Admissions has received the GETA, there should be a note placed at the bottom of the DN "full report" waiving specific general education requirements. Understanding the G.E.T.A. can help students avoid taking unneeded coursework Questions or concerns regarding specific students: contact the Admissions office or email [email protected][email protected]
Two Prefix Rule for General Education Categories Courses must come from at least two disciplines (prefixes) for these GE2K General Education areas: Arts R Math/Science N Humanities U Social Science O Civilizations V1, V2, V3 Applied Science and Technology CT Note. Codes for GEC are CA, CM, CH, CS and 2-prefix rule also applies.
List A/List B List A courses are approved in Albany to satisfy the SUNY Trustees requirement Student MUST have at least one List A course in each category List A requirement cannot be waived by petition Only the Provost can approve an exception List B courses are BSC general education Mnemonic: A = Albany, B = Buffalo
Comparison of List A and List B GE2K Codes General Education CategoryLIST A CodeLIST B Code Technology -- CT Arts R CA Humanities U CH Natural Science (Math/Science) N CM Social Science O CS American History V1 -- Western Civilization V2 -- Other World Civilizations V3 -- Diversity -- D Basic Communication B -- Basic Mathematics Z -- Foreign Language F -- Writing-Intensive Courses --W appended to course number (e.g., PSY 450W) Note. The List B codes are also used for GEC: appear in printed schedule in column labeled ADV CD (Advisement Code). G is code used for GEC Global courses.
Confusing Codes Degree Navigator uses the codes V1, V2, V3, V4, etc. to refer to Visual requirementsthose represented by the island model Non-visual requirements are such things as overall GPA, major GPA, residency credits, etc. Course schedule uses V1, V2, V3 to refer to GE2K Civilizations categories V1 = American History, V2 = Western Civ., V3 = Other World Civ.
Double-Dipping Diversity courses can be double-dipped with ANY other requirement (major, minor, general education, W, etc.) W courses can be double-dipped in ANY way (major, minor, gen ed, diversity) ONE course from the major can be double- dipped into gen. ed. for GE2K students But not for GEC students NO double-dipping is allowed between gen. ed. categories e.g., FAR 250 can be either an R course or a V2 course but NOT both
ENG 101 and 102 Now graded A, B, C, E No grades of C-, D+ or D are supposed to be assigned Occasional mistakes occur Students should follow college E-repeat policy to retake if necessary
Basic Math Requirement (Z) Only GEC students can take the basic math exam Can get tutoring in Academic Skills Center, SW 330. For GE2K students: Requirement may be met through approved coursework or appropriate high school mathematical proficiency at the pre-calculus level evaluated by Admissions from student-submitted HS information. MAT103 MAT122 MAT126 AND MAT311* MAT270 MAT301 MED383 MAT161 AND MAT311* *Both courses must be satisfactorily completed to fulfill requirement.
Foreign Language New requirement in Fall 2006 of 2 semesters for both BA and BS students Placement exams are NOT given in MCL department any more Recommendation is for students to take the CLEP exam instead Sign language is allowed to substitute for Education students. Not yet approved for all BSC students
Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid Both TAP and Federal financial aid are contingent upon Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements Students must be accepted into a major no later than completion of 57 credits Federal aid will cover a maximum of 185 credits attempted W, E, I, U, F, N count as attempted credits Adviser may see high hours questionnaire from FA office TAP will cover a maximum 8 semesters (except for EOP students, who get 10 semesters) TAP does NOT cover D, D+, C- repeats Financial aid is affected by GPA A one-semester appeal is often possiblestudents should follow instructions in letter from FA office Alert students that academic level (class level) is determined, not by how many years they have been in college, but the number of credit hours successfully completed. (F = 0-28 hrs.; Soph = 29-56 hrs., etc.) More information at: http://www.buffalostate.edu/financialaid/http://www.buffalostate.edu/financialaid/
BSC 101/301 Issues Offered as 189 courses in Spring 2006 on a trial basis These 189 sections can be used to satisfy the GE2K List B requirement in any of 4 categories: Arts, Humanities, Nat Sci, Soc Sci (CT not included) Can be used to satisfy GEC requirement in CA, CH, CS, CM Regular offerings of BSC 101/301 begin Fall 2006