Academic Advisement Center - For Parents

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Who is my Advisor?

Located in the Student Success Center, Huber 117

Phone: (716) 880-2227
Fax: (716) 884-0291

Semester Hours:
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Congratulations! Your son/daughter has decided to attend college at Medaille! During the transition from high school to college, the process can be overwhelming for both the student and his/her family. Don’t worry - the Advisement Center will provide students with direction and support to achieve their academic and lifelong career goals.

Academic Advisors take a developmental approach during the advisement process. An academic advisor serves as a teacher, mentor and counselor to your son/daughter. Many academic advisors also teach freshmen courses, including INT 101 (Learning in College).

When will my son/daughter find out who their advisor is?
Every Medaille College student is assigned an advisement counselor upon acceptance to the college. All new students will have an advisement counselor from the Academic Advisement Center or the TRIO Student Support Services Program with the exception of Veterinary Technology and master's students. Advisement counselors work with students from freshman to senior year. Students are notified of their advisor assignment within the first two weeks of their first semester.

If a student does not know who his/her advisor is, the assignment can be found in Medaille One, the Advisement Center webpage (Who is my advisor?) or in the Academic Advisement Center.

Will my son/daughter get into the classes they need each semester? Will my son/daughter graduate in four years?
Students are required to meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester to develop a schedule. Advisors assist students in choosing the correct courses that are required for graduation, based on course prerequisites and offerings. If a required course is closed during the registration process, the student must discuss this with his/her academic advisor. An advisor will assist the student in developing a new plan. Special consideration is given to graduating seniors.

In order to graduate on-time, most students are required to complete 15 credits each semester. Please note: Usually, most Education students are required to complete 18 credits each semester, based on degree requirements. If a student passes all required courses and registers for the correct courses each semester, they should have no problem graduating in four years.

Detecting academic problems before it is too late!
At Medaille, many instructors submit academic warnings to students as an early-alert system. Academic warnings are given to students who are in danger of failing a course, due to low/failing grades and/or attendance issues. A student will usually receive an academic warning within the first half of the semester, via their Medaille email account. Students are asked to meet with their academic advisor to discuss possible issues that are contributing to underperformance in the course and practical strategies that will help improve the situation. Students are usually referred to their instructor, the Academic Support Center, tutoring and/or personal counseling.

* Please remind your son/daughter to communicate with all of their instructors throughout the entire semester.

Can I find out what grades my son/daughter is receiving?
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Therefore, parents have limited access to the records of an adult student. Please refer to the following link regarding FERPA facts: FERPA for Students.

If a student signs a release form in the Registrar’s Office, parents have the ability to obtain academic, financial and student life information.

We encourage you to stay in communication with your son/daughter, regarding academic and career goals.

Links to other Campus Services
The Academic Advisement Center works closely with faculty and student support offices to ensure that students have a rewarding experience at Medaille. Please encourage your son/daughter to take advantage of the following services:

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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