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Monday, April 2, 2018

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Academic Success: Centralized Review Process for Undergraduate Academic Standing

One of the changes resulting from the 2017 Academic Affairs reorganization was a centralized process for the review of undergraduates’ academic standing.

Previously, deans’ offices used college policy to review the academic standing of students from their schools. When Provost Perreault joined Buffalo State, she worked with the associate deans and Academic Standards to improve consistency across schools by developing uniform academic standing review guidelines based on college policy and a student’s time at the college. The schools used these guidelines for their review process from spring 2016 to spring 2017. Following the reorganization in fall 2017, the guidelines were further used by the assistant provost for academic success to review undergraduates’ academic standing across schools.

The centralized review process included the creation of a Dismissal Appeals Board (composed of the associate deans and the assistant provost for academic success), which collectively reviews all undergraduate dismissal appeals. Students who are unsuccessful in their appeals to the board may further appeal to the provost if they can present new information or believe there was a violation of due process.

The fall 2017 centralized review process has resulted in consistency for all students across schools. Nearly 1,400 undergraduate records have been reviewed since the implementation of the guidelines. The centralized review process has led to more rapid information-sharing across campus related to student standing, faster response times for academic advisers to assist probationary students with schedule adjustments, and the collection of a comprehensive data set that allows for improvements to student support services through data-driven decisions.

We will continue to review the centralized academic standing review process for undergraduates each semester. If you have ideas, suggestions, or observations, please contact Heather Maldonado, assistant provost for academic success.

If you would like additional information about the academic standing process at Buffalo State, please visit the Academic Standards website.

Submitted by: Heather D Maldonado
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