TODAY: Last Day to Apply S/U Grading & to Withdraw from a Semester-Length Course

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Last day to S/U or W

Today, Monday, November 6 is the last day to apply S/U grading and to withdraw from a semester-length course.

If you are thinking about these options and you are unsure of what to do, speak to your respective instructors and to your advisors.

The advisors in the Advisement Services Center, located next to the staircase in front of the Main Library,  will have walk-in hours from 1pm-5pm. These are open to all undergraduate students.  We are here to help you make the best decision for your situation. Our peer advisors will also be here to help you register for classes, drop a course, or apply the S/U grading option.


The S/U Grading Option

The S/U Option allows students to change the grade mode of a lower level (100-299) class from A-E to S (Satisfactory)/U (Unsatisfactory).

​ Before you consider applying this option consider the following:

  • You can only use this option twice.
  • Typically, you should not S/U prerequisites to get into a major. Some majors do not accept S/U graded prerequisite courses. If you are not sure, see your advisor.
  • You MUST earn a C or higher in order to earn the S and the credit for the course. If you earn a C- or lower, you will receive a U grade and will not earn credit for your course.
  • A grade of S or U will not affect your GPA.

Withdrawing from Classes
Facts about withdrawing:

  • A “W” grade will not affect your GPA but it may detrimentally affect your Financial Aid Eligibility. Make sure to speak with both an advisor and a Financial Aid Counselor before dropping a course.

Before you S/U or W ask yourself:
Before you S/U or W ask yourself:

  • What have I done to succeed in this class?
  • How poorly am I doing? Look at your syllabus and calculate your grade!
  • Have I spoken with my professor?
  • Am I aware of the resources available to help me?
    If not, ask your advisor and/or ask Advising Plus.
  • Am I using those resources to the best of my ability?

 

 

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Winter/Spring 2018 Semester-Specific Course Descriptions

Fall 2017 Classes

Did you know that several departments offer semester-specific course descriptions? 

Some professors give you insight into the type of readings you will examine, how your performance will be evaluated, and their goals for the courses they are teaching. This can be especially useful for courses like Rewriting America and Selected Topics in Political Science where the topics vary. Don’t you want to know more about the classes you are selecting? For a link to the course descriptions in our catalog, click hereClick on the links below to access the semester-specific descriptions. 

Education

English

History, Documentary Studies, Judaic Studies, and Religious Studies

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Music Lessons and Ensembles

Philosophy

Political Science (POS) & Public Administration and Policy (PAD)

 

Two NEW COURSES in Undergraduate Research

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U UNI 240 The Research Journey (3)
Class Number: 10613
Grading: A-E
Course Info: UUNI 240 The Research Journey
Meeting Info: TTH 02:45_PM-04:05_PM BB0151 
Comments: Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only

This course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores with an interest in research. This will be an interdisciplinary course, exploring the rigor and principles of research across disciplines – from social studies, to arts, to humanities, to nursing, to natural and physical sciences. The purpose is not to explore how research is conducted in any single discipline, but to facilitate an understanding of how researchers identify and define problems and the discipline that lies behind imagining research. The course will empower students to think of research communities as cultures with unique vocabulary, rituals, norms, and best practices. Readings will be diverse, taken from a range of disciplinary specializations. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) inspire excitement about the research process; (2) dissuade students of the inviolability of rigid disciplinary boundaries; (3) instill comfort with the (seemingly arcane) terminology and concepts of research; and (4) expand perception of the range of domains in need of informed researchers.

U UNI 250 Becoming a Researcher (3) STARTING SPRING 2018
This course will prepare freshmen and sophomores to participate in research, individually, in groups, or with supervising faculty. The course will introduce students to the common steps in the research process, and how they apply across disciplines. Students will learn how to define problems across disciplines, the research designs commonly adopted across disciplines, and the commonly adopted methods of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. The purpose of the course will be to empower students to participate with confidence in the various formal and co-curricular learning environments that characterize a Research I university. The course will accomplish four objectives: (1) recognize the similarities and distinctions in research across disciplines; (2) identify how to define a research problem; (3) understand the commonly adopted research designs across disciplines, and how to select among designs; and (4) become exposed to the commonly adopted analysis procedures of both quantitative and qualitative data, across disciplines.


Examples of how UAlbany students are working with faculty on various research projects:

#UAlbany2021: Your Schedule

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If you are an incoming frosh, anxiously awaiting to receive your schedule, please know that you will have a schedule before your orientation date, and you will be able to make some changes to your schedule. You may not be able to make every desired change. We will address making changes to your schedule later in this post.

Before creating your schedule, we look at the following:

  • Your scheduling constraints (athletes, commuters, students with health concerns, etc.)
  • Your admissions file, including your high school transcripts and your college essay
  • Any college credits that you self-report,
  • The course request form you completed when you Registered for Orientation.

Based on the information that you provide and the requirements of your major, we create your schedule.  If you are in a Living and Learning Community (L-LC) , you will be scheduled for two classes with your L-LC.

Chat with Us

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We will be live 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, on the Class of 2021 Facebook page to answer general questions about academic advisement and scheduling at UAlbany. We hope to connect with you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions about 1st-year student scheduling: Continue reading “#UAlbany2021: Your Schedule”

Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?

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During the next few weeks, we are going to address some frequently asked registration questions. If you have a general registration question and you think other UAlbany students would benefit from the answer, please leave it in the comments and we will address it in a post. Continue reading “Why Can’t I Get into a Class that is Open?”

Withdrawing and the S/U Option: Questions Answered

question cubeRe-posted from ASC Advisor, Rachel Moody’s Blog: www.dreamclimbthrive.com.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY S/U GRADING AND/OR TO WITHDRAW FROM A SPRING 2016, SEMESTER LENGTH CLASS IS TODAY, APRIL 5, 2016.

Facts about using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade mode option:

  • We do not have a pass/fail option. A “D-” is passing, but it will not earn you an “S”.
  • You need to earn a “C” or higher to earn an “S”; a “C-” is not high enough.
  • Some majors do not allow S/U grading for their courses.
  • You cannot S/U upper-level courses (300 Level and Higher)
  • Neither the “S” or the “U” will affect your GPA but you can only earn credit if you earn an “S”.
  • Click here to read the UAlbany official policy on the S/U grading option.

Facts about withdrawing:

Before you S/U or W ask yourself:

  • What have I done to succeed in this class?
  • Am I aware of the resources available to help me?
  • Am I using those resources to the best of my ability? 

Before you S/U or W, you should speak to an advisor. If your advisor is not available, see the advisor-on-duty in our office. The Advisor-on-Duty is available to students of all majors, Monday-Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm. 

If you have a general question about anything above, ask us in the comments below!

AVNs: They are Here!

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Your Advisement Verification Numbers (AVNs) that allow you to register are available. In order to receive your Summer and Fall 2016 AVNs, you must first meet with your academic advisor to discuss your goals and outline your course plan.

When Can You Register?

You may view your Enrollment Date by clicking on “When Can I Enroll?” under the Academics tab in your MYUAlbany account. The earliest date and time is what you are looking for!

DO NOT WAIT until your enrollment date to look for an appointment. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor TODAY!


How to Prepare for Your Advisement Meeting?

  • Think about what else you would like to learn aside from your major, minor,  and general education requirements. You will likely have a lot of room to take electives. Use this space to increase your understanding of the world!
  • Are you undecided about your major and your potential career? You are not alone! For many students, the first 1-2 years of college is spent sampling different pathways to determine what makes the most sense for them. Please make use of your Academic Advisor and our Career and Professional Development Office to help you to strategically explore your options.

Resources to Check Out While You Are Waiting for Your Appointment with Your Advisor:

Quirk No. 1 – Viewing Your Schedule

The small things in life can cause much damage. Ticks, mosquitoes, and hitting the send or delete button by accident are just a few examples. While walking to lunch today, I was thinking about registration quirks. After lunch, I walked behind two students talking about bizarre registration issues they were having. Their conversation confirmed the need for this post.

Quirk No. 1 – Missing classes on your weekly schedule?
Your class may not be “missing”. The weekly calendar view option on MyUAlbany, by default, will only show you the classes you have this week. If classes begin on a Wednesday, then you will not see any classes you have on Monday or Tuesday unless you change the week. The default viewer is also set to show classes until 6pm. If you have a class that meets at 7:15pm, it will not be displayed unless you alter the end times on the viewer.

Taking an 8-week course? You will not be able to see it on your weekly schedule unless you are viewing a week in which the class is taking place. 

Taking an online course? It should be listed at the bottom of your calendar.

When in doubt, you may always view your schedule in list form.

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Written by Rachel Moody, an Academic Advisor in the Advisement Services Center and Coordinator of Project MyStory.