Tuesday
03/31/20

Tutoring and Academic Support Services

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Tutoring & Academic Support Services

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Thursday
03/19/20

Hub Fluid – Tiles and Tabs you will use to plan for Fall class registration

Graphic showing some of the tabs behind the tiles that you will use to plan for next semester's class registration. Refer to body text for details.

Introduction

A redesign of the HUB Student Center was unveiled at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. This post will point to some of the most frequently used functions behind the Hub Tiles and associated Tabs that students will use as they plan for their Fall 2020 class registration.

Academic Progress tile

Advisors tab

  • Undergraduate students use this tab for find their assigned advising office, location, telephone number, and departmental email. In some cases student’s will see their assigned academic advisor and that person’s email address.  Additionally many advising offices allow students to schedule an advising appointment from the Advisors tab.

Academic Advising Report (AAR) tab

  • The HUB Academic Advisement Report is an advising tool that tracks progress toward graduation by showing how courses taken meet graduation requirements for all approved undergraduate programs, and some graduate programs. Further information: Registrar: HUB Academic Advising Report

Path Finder tab

  • The Pathways are a series of courses linked together by a broad topic that you choose and examine through multiple perspectives. Through the Pathways you will develop a deep knowledge base in a chosen topic and learn how different disciplines approach a similar line of study. Video tutorial – Path Finder Tool.

Helpful Resources tab

  • The primary university resource that you will use as you develop and manage your academic plan is the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog. Use the Catalog Degrees and Programs section to view a complete listing of majors. For any major click the Program Requirements tab to view Acceptance Criteria/Prerequisite Courses and Required Courses for the major. From the Catalog: Policies and Procedures tab, you will find many rules and regulation.  Refer to the UB Curriculum Areas. A first semester freshman should plan to finish your UB Curriculum requirements over the course of your first six or seven semesters

To-Do tile

To-do List and Holds tabs

  • A service indicator/hold is an action used by the university to prevent students from registering for classes, receiving grades, and/or releasing student records, including diplomas, enrollment certification or transcripts. Holds may be placed by various offices on campus for outstanding financial obligations or for failing to submit required documents requested by the university. To review your holds visit your HUB Student Center via MyUB (UBITName and password required). Detailed information about the hold, including steps for resolving it, is available in HUB.

Grades / Awards tile

Grades tab

  • Use the Grades/Award tile to find your Mid-semester Grades. Mid-semester grades of MS (or A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, or C) indicate that you are okay thus far.  Mid-semester grades of MU (or  C-, D+, D, or F) indicate that your performance to date should be of concern.  You should speak with your instructor, or other member of the teaching team for feedback and suggestions.  Further information: Mid-Semester Review Process, Tutoring and Academic Support Services

Manage Classes tile

Enrollment Dates tab

  • To view your Enrollment Date for the upcoming term. Undergraduate enrollment appointment dates will display on the Manage Classes tile when enrollment appointments are assigned for a term. For information regarding a particular terms assignment view the class registration page.

Planner tab

Select Classes tab

  • Use the Select Classes function to search for and select courses to add to your Shopping Cart.

Schedule Builder tab

  • Students can search for courses and plan their schedule utilizing the Schedule Builder tool.  Similar to the Select Classes function,  Schedule Builder uses the power of computing to generate anywhere from on to a thousand schedule scenarios.  This is a very popular tool with students. HUB Student Center Training Guide – Schedule Builder

Shopping Cart tab

  • Using either the Select Classes or Schedule Builder tabs you can select courses to send to your HUB Shopping Cart. The day before your Enrollment Date, you should check your Shopping Cart to ensure that your courses are still “Open”.  If a course is closed you will want to add another course.

View My Schedule tab

  • You can begin to register for your classes on your Enrollment Date. You will be able to see the results of your registration in the View My Schedule tab. HUB Student Center Training Guide – View My Schedule – List View

Thursday
03/19/20

Alphabetical Listing of what is behind each tile in HUB

Action you want to do in HUB Go to this HUB Student Center tile:
Academic Program Information Academic Progress
Academic Requirement Report (AAR) Academic Progress
Addresses Profile
Advisor (finding your assigned advising office and advisor) Academic Progress
Apply for Graduation Academic Progress
Billing Instructions Billing / Payments
Browse Course Catalog Manage Classes
Completed Agreements To-Do / Holds
Contact Details Profile
Course History Grades / Awards
Drop Classes Manage Classes
Emergency Contacts Profile
Enrollment Dates Manage Classes
Enrollment Verification Manage Classes
Estimated Cost of Attendance Financial Aid / Scholarships
FERPA Profile
Grades Grades / Awards
Helpful Resources To-Do / Holds
Helpful Resources (Billing) Billing / Payments
Helpful Resources (Financial Aid) Financial Aid / Scholarships
Helpful Resources (Academic Progress) Academic Progress
HOLDS To-Do / Holds
Honor and Awards Grades / Awards
Milestones Academic Progress
Path Finder (for UB Curriculum area) Academic Progress
Payment Options Billing / Payments
Personal Details (Names) Profile
Planner Manage Classes
Request Official Transcript Grades / Awards
Schedule Builder Manage Classes
Search by Requirements (from your Academic Requirement Report (AAR)) Manage Classes
Select Classes Manage Classes
Swap Classes Manage Classes
To-Do Items To-Do / Holds
Transfer Credit Report Academic Progress
View Exam Schedule Manage Classes
View My Classes (List view Schedule) Manage Classes
View Unofficial Transcript Grades / Awards
Weekly Schedule Manage Classes
What-if AAR Report Academic Progress
Tuesday
03/03/20

How to find Recreation Instruction classes for the second half of the semester

Looking to add a 1.0 credit hour class to your Spring 2020 schedule?  Take a look at offering from Recreation Instruction (REC is the Departmental abbreviation).  These 7-week-2nd half of semester courses run from 03/23/2020 to 05/08/2020.

Graphic of the steps to view Recreation Classes available for the second half of the semester. Refer to body text.

How to find a listing of second half of semester Recreation classes

If you are thinking of adding one of these courses to your schedule, print out a copy of your current class schedule. Log into your HUB Student Center, then follow these steps:

    1. Click the Manage Classes tile.
    2. Click the Select Class tab on the side of the page.
    3. You may need to select a Term, in which case enter: Spring 2020
    4. In the Subject row, enter REC. REC is the Abbreviation for the Department of Recreation Instruction
    5. Click the Addition Search Criteria drop down arrow.  This will expand the list of Criteria upon which you can filter your search
    6. In the Session row select University 7 week – Second
    7. Click the Search button.
    8. Once you click the Search button you a brought to the Search Results page.  Note that some REC classes are held in Clark Gym which is on the South Campus.

 

 

 

Friday
02/28/20

Mid-semester Grading Period

Infographic showing how to find Mid-semester Grades. Steps explained in the body text.

Mid-Semester Review Process

At the midpoint of each term, instructors indicate to undergraduate students how they are progressing in their courses by providing each student with a mid-term grade. To see these evaluations, students must go to their HUB Student Center, click on the “Grades/Awards” tile, then click on the term. If no evaluation is listed for a course, the instructor was unable to provide the information, and the student should contact them directly for feedback.

These are not final grades nor do they predict final grades. However, an “MU” (midterm unsatisfactory) or any grade below a “C” means there may be concerns about:

  • Attendance
  • Inadequate preparation for class
  • Study skills
  • Adjustment issues
  • Poor performance on tests

Actions a Student Should Take

If a student receives an “MU” (midterm unsatisfactory) or any grade below a “C” they should:

  1. See the instructor during posted office hours or make an appointment to discuss the course, obtain help, and clarify issues of concern.
  2. Speak with an academic advisor to develop strategies to improve academically. A full list of advisement offices can be viewed at Undergraduate Academic Advisement website.
  3. Students can also consult the Mid-Semester Review information and success strategies.

Graphic showing grade range for MU (C- to F) and MS (C to A)

Resigning from a Course

If a student plans to resign (R) from a course, they should consult with an advisor to ensure they understand the consequences. For example, they should:

  1. Verify that they don’t have any holds which can stop them from being able to resign.
  2. Review the Course Enrollment Control Policy since a later repeat registration in a course, including a resigned course, may be limited.
  3. Realize that resignations may impact (1) financial aid; (2) medical insurance eligibility; (3) sequence of required courses; and/or (4) time to graduation.

The educational progress relies on good performance in class. The midterm review process encourages an opportunity for students to talk with their instructors, see their advisor, and to use the services UB has to offer. Mid-semester evaluation followed by positive steps can help students achieve academic success.

The last day to Resign from a 15-week class is Friday, April 17, 2020

To resign from a class a student will go to their HUB Student Center and click the Enroll Drop function. Resignation must be done no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT. It is advised that a student discuss matters regarding a course resign with their instructor, financial aid advisor, and academic advisor well before the last day to resign.

Source: Office of the Registrar: Important Dates for Spring Semester

Tuesday
02/11/20

UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Photo promoting UB Wellness Coaching

UB Wellness Coaching: Empowering You to Reach Your Goals

Taking a positive approach to personal development, Wellness Coaches focus on helping students set and achieve meaningful goals.

What is Wellness Coaching?

The UB Wellness Coaching Program seeks to help students define specific goals related to their overall health and wellness, and to identify and implement actionable steps to achieve their goals.

Using a strengths-based and non-judgmental approach, UB Wellness Coaches assist students in pursuing goals related to academic, physical, social, emotional, relational or spiritual wellness.

Examples of Wellness Coaching Topics

  • Academic Success
  • Active Living
  • Eating Habits
  • Financial Wellness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sleep Habits
  • Social Connection
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management

Who Can Benefit from Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching is a short-term option for students who have a goal in mind and need help formulating a plan to reach that goal. Students meet with their coach for an initial 45-60 minute session to discuss goals, values, and motivations for making the behavior change. After that, students may meet with their coach to follow up one or more times for 20-30 minutes to adjust the strategy and assess progress.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 716-645-3636.
Monday
02/10/20

Have you selected your UB Curriculum (UBC) Pathway courses?

Graphic showing which HUB Fluid tile to select so that you can find start the process of picking and saving your UB Curriculum Pathway choices.

UB Curriculum Pathways

The UB Curriculum Pathways are a series of courses linked together by a broad topic that you choose and examine through multiple perspectives. Through the Pathways you will develop a deep knowledge base in a chosen topic and learn how different disciplines approach a similar line of study.

You will find the Path Finder tool located in the Academic Progress tile or your HUB Student Center.

You should select your Pathway courses in your first semester at UB.

  • Use the Path Finder tool to select your Pathway courses.
  • When you save your Pathway selections to HUB, they first to your HUB Planner.
  • Use HUB Planner to assign  the courses to the semester in which you plan to take the course.
  • Once you have saved your semester choices in the Planner, your selections will then appear in your Academic Advising Report (AAR).
  • May be able to select Pathway courses from Schedule Builder

Sources

HUB Training Guides:

Monday
02/10/20

Have you checked your Final Exam Schedule via your HUB Student Center?

Graphic showing the HUB Fluid tile to select so that you can find your Final Exam Schedule

Final Exam Schedule

Your final exam schedule is available in your HUB Student Center. Go to your Manage Classes tile, and then click the View Exam Schedule tab.

Student Responsibility for Exam Conflicts

Beginning in the fall 2014 term final exam information will be available one week prior to the start of fall classes.

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

Students who find themselves with an unavoidable exam conflict should contact the instructors of the courses and explain the conflict in exams. Usually one instructor will be able to schedule an alternate time for the student to take their exam. If students are unable to arrange the re-scheduling of examinations with the faculty, undergraduate students should contact the appropriate dean’s office and graduate students should contact their academic department.

Final Exam Scheduled for More Than One Classroom

If your final exam is assigned to more than one classroom, contact your instructor during the last week of classes to determine where to report for the exam.

Source: Register – Final Exam Schedule

HUB Training Tutorial: View Exam Schedule

Friday
01/17/20

Can you earn better grades? But unsure how to go about it?

Need to improve your grades? Consider take LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Consider taking: LAI 203: Academic Success Strategies

Course Description:
This course is designed for continuing students who need more focus on study skills and time management to be able to meet the challenges of academic courses.

The course provides opportunities to develop a mindset and series of strategies that if used and applied will help the student to achieve success.

The course will give the student exposure to critical thinking skills and theories along with application throughout the semester and beyond.

Wednesday
01/15/20

Financial Liability Deadlines

Per SUNY policy, when you register, you assume responsibility for paying all tuition and fees associated with your enrollment/registration. You must pay even if you did not attend a single class unless you have dropped or resigned your courses according to the published deadlines. This applies to those who are withdrawing from the university OR those who have fallen below full-time status.

If you have received Title IV financial aid (Pell, Perkins, SEOG, Direct Loans) for the semester you resign, you should examine the Policy Statement for the Adjustment of Financial Aid Due to Discontinuance of Study.

Source: Student Accounts – Financial Liability Deadlines

Graphic showing the Spring 2020 Financial Liability Deadlines

Financial Liability Deadlines – Spring Semester 2020

Spring Semester 2020 Financial Liability Deadlines

  • 30% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 4 –   Monday, February 10, 2020
  • 50% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 11 – Monday, February 17, 2020
  • 70% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 18 – Monday, February 24, 2020
  • 100% Tuition & 100% Fee Liability Period begins: Tuesday, February 25 – last day to resign, April 17, 2020

Before you Drop or Resign Classes

Before Dropping or Resigning from classes you should always consult with an academic advisor and a financial aid advisor (if you receive financial aid).