Academic Advisement and Retention Center

The Advisement Center, which operates under the organizational umbrella of Academic Affairs, is an interdependent arm of the academic advising system of the University. This Center’s goal is to give effective, convenient academic support in the form of advisement, registration assistance and limited tutorial services to freshmen and sophomore students in a friendly and patient manner. Staff members assist students in planning programs of study and with locating the right academic resources on campus. Students who are undecided about their majors, non-traditional students and students who experience academic difficulties receive the academic advisement appropriate for their unique situations.

Students who will be completing their work online or at an off-campus instructional site will receive the same comprehensive service through their Distance Learning Support Specialists, including advising, registration, and student support.

Transitional Studies, Advising, and Academic Success

Advising

The Academic Advisement & Retention Center (AARC), which operates under the organizational umbrella of the Transitional Studies, Advising, and Academic Success Unit is an interdependent arm of the academic advising system of the University. This Center’s goal is to give effective, convenient academic support in the form of advisement, registration assistance and limited tutorial services to freshmen and sophomore students in a friendly and patient manner. Staff members assist students in planning programs of study and with locating the right academic resources on campus. Students who are undecided about their majors, non-traditional students and students who experience academic difficulties receive the academic advisement appropriate for their unique situations.

Writing Center and Math Center

The Transitional Studies, Advising and Academic Success Unit oversees the math and writing centers on both campuses.

The Writing Center offers individualized assistance with writing assignments for all subject areas. The Writing Center is staffed by professionals and student tutors who provide constructive feedback throughout the writing process, utilizing an active learning approach that allows students to take complete responsibility for their success. Computers, printers, Internet access, style manuals, and other writing aids are available for student usage to assist in research and the preparation of writing assignments

The Math Center offers individualized assistance in all math subjects. The Math Center is staffed by professional and student tutors who provide constrictive feedback and one-on-one tutoring in the foundations of problem solving with emphasis on the use of technology as a problem-solving tool. Computers, calculators, and mathematical reference material are available for student usage in problem solving and completion of assignments.

Distance Learning students have access to online tutorial services provided through the Distance Learning website or the learning management system.

Tutoring

The AARC oversees the peer tutors for the institution. Peer tutors primarily work in a designated tutoring or learning center and conduct one-on-one or small group tutoring. Embedded tutors are assigned to a specific class and facilitate small group study sessions focused on learning course content while practicing study skills.

First Year Experience Course

Also called ASU 1101, this course is designed to assist first-year students in adjusting to the academic and social community at Albany State University.

  1. All degree-seeking students who have less than 12 earned hours must take ASU 1101.
  2. Students who have at least 12 hours of earned college credit will not be required to take FYE. This includes all previous coursework, transfer credit, AP credit, or CLEP exams.
  3. While enrolled as a Dual Enrollment student, ASU 1101 is not required. However, should the student continues their studies at Albany State University after high school graduation, they may be required to fulfill ASU 1101 if they do not have 12 earned hours at the time of their status change.
  4. Students enrolled in certificate programs are not required to take FYE. Should they transfer to a degree program and have less than 12 hours, they will be required to take ASU 1101.
  5. Students who do pass ASU 1101 with at least a C will be required to retake the course in the following semester, regardless of hours earned.