Thursday
09/06/18

HUB To-do Action Items – September 2018

Posted September 6, 2018 in HUB Tips, New Students

Diagram of HUB showing links to actions that should be done in September

HUB To-do Actions You Should Do in September

The HUB is the University at Buffalo’s student information system. Within the pages of this website, students, faculty, and staff will find information and materials to assist them in performing specific activities within HUB.

 Are you a new first year or transfer student?

  1. Did you earn college credit, AP (or other form of Alternative Credit) in high school?  Did you earn college credit from an institution of higher education other than UB?  Did you request to have your scores and or Official Transcripts sent to UB?  If yes, then you should see these courses displayed on your Transfer Credit Report (TCR) and your Academic Requirements Report (AAR).
  2. Have you looked at your Fall Semester 2018 Final Exam Schedule?  You want to ensure that there are no time conflicts. A final exam conflict exists when a student has:
    • Three or more exams scheduled on the same day
    • Two exams occurring at the same time
    • When a student’s exam occurs contemporaneously with his or her commencement ceremony for spring or summer conferral
    • If you do have conflict refer to the Registrar – Final Exam Schedule section.
  3. Do you have any Holds displayed in your HUB?  If yes, you will need to resolve them as soon as possible.  Holds usually prevent you from Adding, Dropping, or Resigning courses.  Read more about Using the Student Center: View Holds .
  4. Have you selected your UB Curriculum Pathway courses? If not,  then you will want to explore and select your Thematic and Global Pathway courses by the middle of this semester.  To get ready for picking your Pathways, first watch the video: Pathfinder Tool – Exploring the UB Curriculum Pathways.  Once you have selected your Pathways courses you will send them to HUB. Use the Plan tool to assign your pathway courses to a specific semester.
Wednesday
09/05/18

Fall Semester 2018 Week 1 and 2 Reminders

Posted September 5, 2018 in Important Dates, New Students

Reminders for Fall Semester Weeks 1 and 2

Last Day to Drop/Add Fall Classes:

Tuesday, September 4 by 11:59 pm via your MyUB HUB Student Center.

The first week of classes ensure you:

  • Have no questions or concerns about your courses, particularly your math, science or foreign language classes.
  • Check the room locations of your classes – some of them may have changed! You need at least 20 minutes to get from the North Campus spine to the Ellicott Complex and at least an hour of travel time from the North and South Campus.
  • Attend every class! Don’t miss the opportunity to get the syllabus for each class, meet your instructors and gain an understanding of what you will be learning during the semester.

MyUB Reminders (myub.buffalo.edu):

  • Check your UB email daily!
  • Access UBlearns for course/classroom materials. (Note: Not all instructors utilize UBlearns.)
Friday
08/31/18

Week 2 – Fall Semester 2018

Posted August 31, 2018 in Did You Know?, Important Dates, New Students

Calendar view of Fall Semester - Week 2Week 2 – Fall Semester 2018

Sunday, September 2 – Saturday, September 7, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

  • Labor Day – no classes

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

 

Thursday
08/30/18

Last Day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 Classes is Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Posted August 30, 2018 in Did You Know?, Important Dates, New Students

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes  byTuesday, September 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Last day to Add or Drop Fall 2018 classes

  • 15-week Standard Session (full semester courses)
  • 7-week 1st half of semester courses

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. via HUB

Undergraduate Full Time Status:  Must be registered for at least 12.0 credit hours

Questions?

Discuss with an Academic Advisor.  To find your assigned Advising Office, refer to the Advisor Box in your HUB Student Center.

Tuesday
08/21/18

Credit Hour – Definition

Posted August 21, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

Summary

The State University of New York (University), like most American higher education, has adopted a variant of the traditional “Carnegie Unit” as a measure of academic credit. This unit is known in the University by the familiar term, “semester credit hour,” and is the primary academic measure by which progress toward a degree is gauged. It is recognized that such a unit measures only a part, albeit a major part, of a composite learning experience, based upon formally structured and informal interactions among faculty and students.


Policy

Over the past several years, for academic purposes, some faculties have allowed modifications of the classical Carnegie definition of a semester credit hour, which has stipulated that one semester credit hour be awarded for fifteen sessions of 50-minutes duration in classroom lecture-recitation each requiring two hours of outside preparation by the student. Today there are many types of educational experiences with which credit hour assignment may properly be associated.

In the interest of accurate academic measurement and cross-campus comparability, the following definitions and practices apply in controlling the relationship between contact and credit hours. These definitions constitute a formalization of current and historic policy in order to ensure consistency throughout the University. Courses may be composed of any combination of elements described, such as a lecture course which also has required laboratory periods or a lecture course having an additional requirement for supervised independent study or tutorial activity.

A semester credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks. This basic measure may be adjusted proportionately to reflect modified academic calendars and formats of study. Semester credit hours are granted for various types of instruction as follows:

I. Lecture, seminar, quiz, discussion, recitation

A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions.

II. Activity supervised as a group (laboratory, field trip, practicum, workshop, group studio)

A semester credit hour is awarded for the equivalent of fifteen periods of such activity, where each activity period is 150 minutes or more in duration with little or no outside preparation expected. Forty-five 50-minute sessions of such activity would also normally earn one semester credit hour. Where such activity involves substantial outside preparation by the student, the equivalent of fifteen periods of 100 minutes duration each will earn one semester credit hour.

III. Supervised individual activity (independent study, individual studio, tutorial)

One credit for independent study (defined as study given initial guidance, criticism, review and final evaluation of student performance by a faculty member) will be awarded for the equivalent of forty-five 50-minute sessions of student academic activity.

Credit for tutorial study (defined as study which is given initial faculty guidance followed by repeated, regularly scheduled individual student conferences with a faculty member, and periodic as well as final evaluation of student performance) will be awarded on the basis of one semester hour credit for each equivalent of fifteen contact hours of regularly scheduled instructional sessions.

IV. Full-time Independent Study (student teaching, practicum)

If a student’s academic activity is essentially full-time (as in student teaching), one semester credit hour may be awarded for each week of work.

V. Experiential Learning

At its discretion, an institution may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution which is an integral part of a program of study. When life or work experience is to be credited as a concurrent portion of an academic program design, as in an internship, one semester credit hour will be awarded for each 40-45 clock-hour week of supervised academic activity that provides the learning considered necessary to program study.

VI. Credit by Examination

At its discretion, an institution may award semester hour credits for mastery demonstrated through credit-by-examination. When such credit by examination is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree.

VII. Short Sessions

Credit hours may be earned in short sessions (summer sessions, intersessions, etc.) proportionately to those earned for the same activity during a regular term of the institution, normally at no more than one credit per week of full-time study.

VIII. Appeal and Review

Institutions may present educational justification for departures from these policy provisions to the office of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, which will be responsible for their interpretation. Credit hours to be earned in approved overseas academic programs will continue to be considered on an individual basis following established procedures. Other special arrangements suggested by campuses will be considered on an individual basis by this office.


Definitions

Semester credit hour – normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 50-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of not less than fifteen weeks.

Source: Credit/Contact Hour SUNY.edu

Tuesday
08/21/18

What is a Recitation, and do I have to go to it?

Posted August 21, 2018 in Did You Know?, New Students

Picture showing the various course component combinations for UB undegrad classes

Recitation – a definition

A recitation is a small interactional meeting that combines formal presentation, review and interaction between the students and an instructor, and it is
usually combined with a lecture as the primary component. Recitations are often lead by teaching assistants (TAs) or graduate assistants (GAs) to supplement a lecture.  TAs/GAs will review the lecture, expand on the concepts and usually allow for question-and-answer time.  Source: Arizona State University – Defining Course Components

Do I have to go to my Recitations?

Yes.  You should prepare for and go to each and every class component.  You and your family are making a huge investment in your future.
Monday
08/20/18

Finding your HUB Academic Requirement Report (Academic Advisement Report – AAR)

Posted August 20, 2018 in HUB Tips, New Students, Uncategorized

What is an Academic Requirement Report?

A student's  HUB Academic Requirement report in found on the Other Academic drop-down list

The HUB Academic Advisement Report (AAR) is an advising tool that tracks progress toward graduation by showing how courses taken meet graduation requirements for all approved undergraduate programs.  In HUB the AAR is labelled as an Academic Requirements report. In individualized reports, HUB summarizes all UB Curriculum and program requirements, indicating those that have been satisfied; computes the cumulative GPA; totals all credit hours taken; lists repeated courses and those taken S/U; notes incomplete courses; indicates test scores and credits granted for AP and CLEP examinations; and lists all transfer and UB courses taken.

The HUB Academic Advisement Report is useful in the following respects:

  • As an advising tool: to determine progress toward completing all degree requirements;
  • Applying to a department: Reports can be included in the department application process.
  • Analysis of transfer credits: to verify that all transfer credits have been recorded and applied to degree requirements.
  • Evaluation for degree conferral: Reports will be used to determine if students have met the requirements for graduation.

HUB Academic Advisement Reports are available for all matriculated undergraduate students via MyUB and can be generated for the current approved major or any other program when considering alternative majors. Students should examine their reports carefully and speak to an advisor if there are questions or discrepancies in the report.  Read more at Undergraduate Catalog – HUB Academic Advisement Report.

Finding your HUB Academic Requirement Report

Refer to the picture above.

Step 1.  Click the Other Academic Drop-down Arrow

Step 2. From the Drop Down list, select the Academic Requirement link.

Step 3.  Double click the Double Arrow icon.

Step 4.  If you have difficulty opening or understanding your Academic Requirement’s Report, speak with an academic advisor.  Your assigned advising office, location, and phone number are listed in the HUB Advisor box.

Friday
08/17/18

Fall Semester 2018 – Important Dates

Posted August 17, 2018 in Important Dates, New Students

August 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

  • Classes Begin. First Day of Fall 15 Week (Standard) and 7 Week 1 Classes (first half of semester courses)

September 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

  • Labor Day Observed

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign from 7 Week 1 Classes

October 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

  • Last Day of Fall 7 Week 1 Classes

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • First Day of Fall 7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

Friday, October 19, 2018

  • Last Day to Drop/Add Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Saturday, October 20, 2018

  • Courser Resign Period begins for Fall  7 Week 2 Classes (second half of semester courses)

November 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 15 Week (Standard) Session Classes

Friday, November 16, 2018

  • Last Day to Resign Fall 7 Week 2 Classes

Wednesday, November 21 – Saturday, November 24, 2018

  • Fall Recess

Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Classes Resume

December 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

  • Last Day of Classes

Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Reading Days

Monday, December 10 – Monday, December 17, 2018

  • Semester Final Examinations

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • Winter Recess Begins

Sources:  UB Academic Calendar 2018-2019 and UB Registrar Student Calendars

Friday
08/17/18

Goals and your Academic Plan

Posted August 17, 2018 in New Students, Study Tips, Time Management

Goals and your Academic PlanSetting goals will help you build and evolve your academic plan

A great way to meet your goals and stay on track for graduation is to develop an academic plan. An academic plan allows students to map out short, medium and long-term components designed to meet an academic goal.  A plan allows for:

Constant goal setting

Evaluation

Renewal of the plan

Learning to set goals (maybe just for the first term or the first year) and then be able to evaluate your outcomes is a skill you will use again and again. Planning is continuous and life-long:

Did you meet your goal?

  Were you satisfied? Why or why not?

  Do you have to change your plan?

Read more at Undergraduate Academic Advisement – Staying on Track

Thursday
08/16/18

What you will need to get your textbooks

Posted August 16, 2018 in New Students

Getting Your Textbooks

You will need a to print a List View copy of your Class Schedule, which will provide you with the Department, Course Number, Section, and Instructor.

Picture of how to get to your Class Schedule

Step 1.  Log into your HUB Student Center, and click the drop-down arrow next to the Other Academic box.

Step 2.  From the Drop down list, select Class Schedule.

Step 3. Double click the button, to open the Class Schedule page.

Step 4. On the My Class Schedule page, make sure the Display Option is selected for List View.

Step 5. View the listing of your classes.  With respect to getting your text books, you will need to know the Academic Department, Course Number, and the Section.

Step 6. Go to the UB Bookstore Shop by Course page, and select the Books link