Our focus is on student learning and student success.
The primary goal of the OAA is to assist students in identifying and clarifying their academic direction and educational goals, and to help them develop meaningful and compatible educational plans and success strategies.
Informed by institutional data, and in coordination with the Center for Student Success, the OAA will proactively communicate with students who could most benefit from holistic academic support, guidance, and resources in a timely manner.
While the ultimate responsibility for making educational planning decisions rests with students, the OAA is committed to the following objectives:
- Facilitate clarification and crystallization of students’ educational goals;
- Provide useful and accurate information about course requirements;
- Increase student utilization of campus resources (i.e., faculty office hours, Center for Student Success, Career Resource Center, the Library, etc.);
- Promote student involvement in co-curricular experiences that integrate them into the campus community and develop their leadership skills;
- Strengthen students’ ability to think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions;
- Increase student knowledge about College policies, procedures and curricular requirements, and their underlying rationale;
- Foster deeper appreciation of higher education and the College’s mission;
- Guide students in the development of key Student Learning Outcomes by employing advising as an instructional activity.
*adapted from Joe Cuseo, Ph.D.
Intended Student Learning Outcomes
- Become aware of the expectations of higher education and how it differs from high school.
- Understand what it means to be an “engaged” student, both inside and outside the classroom.
- Appreciate the meaning, purpose, and value of general education and the liberal arts.
- Capitalize on campus resources designed to promote their learning and development.
- Capitalize on the expertise of peer leaders/mentors who can support their success.
- Gain greater self-awareness of personal talents, interests, values, and learning styles.
- Become aware of educational and career pathways and how they align or “fit” with personal attributes.
- Make informed choices about educational goals.
- Self-monitor and critically evaluate their educational progress toward their educational goals.
- Reflect on their curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, particularly in terms of the transferable, lifelong skills they acquire from these experiences.
SUNY New Paltz aspires to be recognized nationally for excellence in academic advising among 4-year regional public universities.
With the understanding that effective academic advising is central to student success, the OAA will:
- Be a mission-driven, data-informed nexus of academic advisement and educational transition services focused on supporting undergraduate students’ intellectual, creative, personal, and professional development through meaningful educational planning;
- Encourage student learning and development in a personalized, student-centered manner, while remaining sensitive to each student’s timetable for degree completion;
- Cultivate partnerships with faculty, staff, administration, and students in support of common educational and student success goals, particularly for student groups with unique barriers to success including first generation college students, transfer students, and students from historically underrepresented populations;
- Encourage the development of student responsibility and self-advocacy; support efforts to normalize help seeking behavior, and promote an institutional culture of student success;
- Consistently demonstrate academic advising as a High-Impact Practice; and
- Support the communication of key academic policies to students and examine the ways in which academic policies influence persistence and make policy recommendations to enhance student success.