It’s Tech Tuesday…Do You Know Where You Are Logged In?

For those who use Facebook, it has become one of those things that is just part of the everyday scenery.  We give the security of it little thought.  I, myself, am guilty.  I’m also not prone to jump at those posts about Facebook stealing your content or over-riding your copyright rights to vacation pictures. But one came across my feed that made me wonder, so I checked it out and was I surprised.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 1.18.41 PMEvery time you access Facebook from a computer, mobile device or tablet, you open a session.  Most of us just leave these apps open so we don’t have to sign in again.  Not usually a problem unless you have used a public computer, like one in your campus service center or the library.  Also an issue if evil Internet ninjas manage to somehow gain access to your page, unawares to you.

There is an easy way you can check to see how many “open” session you have and most importantly what city those sessions were opened in.  When I checked mine, all looked OK, although I did have 9 open sessions and only 3 devices I use on a regular basis…hum.  Curious,  I had my husband hand over his iPad (grumbling a little as he did so) and he had 7 open sessions, 2 of which were in Brooklyn!  Not that there is anything wrong with Brooklyn, but we’ve been stuck in this ice-box we call home in Buffalo for quite awhile now.  Friends told me they had sessions logged in from different states and places they have never been.  Want to see for yourself?  Follow these directions. (There are two versions,  one for Desktops and one for mobile devices.)

Now, once again, I don’t think anyone needs to panic.  I doubt that any nefarious plan exists to take over the world from your Facebook, but like most online accounts, we need to secure them responsibly.  What does that mean?

  • Change passwords (yes, all of them) frequently. Once a month for banking and financials and a little less often perhaps for social sites.  Remember places like Amazon and iTunes keep your credit card on file and Utilities keep checking accounts numbers.
  • Since we are talking passwords, they should have a mix of letters, numbers, symbols and/or upper-case/lower-case characters.  ABC123 won’t cut it.   And don’t email it to yourself, email is not a secure method.
  • If your friends tell you they got a weird email or message, change you password immediately.  It’s not likely a big deal for you, but don’t take the chance. Besides it annoys the heck out of your email contacts.
  • If you get a weird message or email, tell your friend so they can stop spreading the love.
  • Finally, take advantage of the security features of your apps and accounts.  Spend some time getting to know them.  Features like email notifications of password change requests and login attempts can keep you on top of your online activity.

…and on a side note, post something fun and uplifting now and again.  Never hurts to make the Internet little more happy.

Vanessa Rehac
CARES 
College Achievement Requires Engaged Students 

 

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Get The Feeling the Internet is Watching You?

It’s Tech Tuesday Time.

So has this happened to you? You are searching the Internet for a present for that hard to buy for person on your list. You know, something you might never buy for yourself. After a bit of searching, you give up and check into Facebook only to find that your news feed has a weird sense of deja vu. Your search seems to have followed you to Facebook, your email interface and even future searches.

Well the simple explanation for this is when you use free sites like Facebook, Google, Bing, Amazon,  ect…they make a great deal of their operating revenue from selling advertising, and more specifically Targeted Advertising. While not a new concept, it is being noticed by more and more users, and is often unwelcome.

So what can you do?

Browser History and Cookies
First your can erase your browser history and cookies from time to time.  This will help to wipe the virtual memory clean somewhat.

Go Incognito
If you use Gmail you can use an “incognito” window, that won’t keep a browser history. This is also handy for those who have tech savvy kids who might search your history to see what they might be getting from Santa. Also great for signing into two Gmail or drive accounts at the same time.  (I can’t be the only person who manages 3 or 4 Google accounts, can I?) and finally…

Opt Out of Advertising
There is a way to opt out of some of that annoying targeted advertising through the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.  There is a lot of really interesting info on this site if you have the time and inclination to sift through it. Before you click the next link, know that it will start a search of your browser history right away. If you want to know more before you so that, go back to the link in this paragraph to read about the program.  

To opt out,  go to the “Opt Out” page. It  will automatically search your history for participating companies. From the populated listing, you can chose all or some of the advertisers to block.  It will even tell you who can’t be.  While this won’t stop the ads completely it will help.

I guess reading those privacy notice updates from Facebook can yield something useful every now and again.  They are once again updating policies January 1, 2015 and reading through this led me to the above info.  Be sure to bookmark the site for future use. You might have to redo this as you may pick up targeted advertising from new companies.

It’s hard not to use social media and the Internet, but there are ways to help control the experience. Happy surfing!  We hope this was helpful to you.   What other kinds of tech tips would you like to see CARES research?

NFC Academic Support-Your Very Own Help Button!

A Message from the Director of Academic Support, Dr. Aimee Woznick

help_buttonHi, SUNY Empire State College students in Western New York!
I hope your schoolwork is going well. For those of you enrolled in the Fall 1 term: now is the time to start thinking about your final projects and papers! Be kind to yourself – don’t leave them until the last minute. Start developing your plan of attack now. Talk to your instructors if you need further clarification about any assignments. You might even run your paper or project ideas past your instructor before you get started. And if you don’t know where to begin – or if the mere thought of writing a paper fills you with dread – schedule an appointment with a writing coach (see below).

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, have a research question, or just want to chat, drop a line or give me a call at (716) 686-7880.  I’m here to help!

CHECK OUT THE NEW LIBRARY WEBSITE!
The Empire State College Online Library website was recently redesigned to be more user-friendly. If you have a research paper coming up, check out the fantastic subject guides developed by ESC’s talented librarians. These guides provide recommendations for the best databases for your topic and cover handy research tips that will make your work easier.

http://www.esc.edu/library/

Not finding what you’re looking for? Have a question about citations? The librarians are there for you. On the website, you’ll see ways to contact them via chat, email, or phone. Don’t be shy – that’s what they’re there for!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT CHEEKTOWAGA LOCATION
To register for one or more of the sessions below, write to Dr. Aimee Woznick at Aimee.Woznick@esc.edu with your name and phone number.
Remember, the workshop calendar is always accessible through the Learning Support tab on MyESC – or just bookmark this link: http://www.esc.edu/learning-support/workshops-calendar/#tabs=0

Using the Online Library – Thursday, Nov. 13, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  
Efficient Textbook Reading Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 – 7 p.m.
^Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
*Writing Your RationaleWednesday, Dec. 10, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (November workshop is full)
Academic Research Skills – Wednesday, Nov. 19. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tackling the College Paper Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Success Strategies – Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4 – 5 p.m.

*This workshop is intended for students enrolled in Educational Planning. Bring a draft of your degree program and – if you have one – a draft of your Rationale essay.
^Please bring a draft of your degree program if you have one.

DROP-IN TUTORING HOURS IN CHEEKTOWAGA
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Room 301
Learning Coach Kate Whalen is here every Tuesday and Thursday to assist you with writing, math, stats, time management, and general study strategies.
Appointments are not necessary, but if you’d like to make one to guarantee your spot, feel free to email me.

***Holiday Changes***
Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday, Kate will not be available on Nov. 11. Her hours will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Kate will not be available on Nov. 27. Her hours will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 26.

TUTORING AT THE LOCATION NEAREST YOU
There are fabulous math and writing coaches at each of our four other locations in Western New York. Call your local office to set up an appointment.

Fredonia – Sue Michales (Writing and Math) – (716) 673-1200
Jamestown/Lakewood – Anton Agafonov (Writing) and Chuck Strand (Math) – (716) 338-1508
Lockport – Karen Eichler (Writing) and Jeff Welton (Math) – (716) 434-0272
Olean – Jamie Wood (Writing) and Jillian Miller (Math) – (716) 376-7511

FALL TERM ONLINE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Live, Online Workshops via Blackboard Collaborate
The online workshop calendar is always accessible via the Learning Support tab on MyESC – or just bookmark this link: http://www.esc.edu/learning-support/workshops-calendar/#tabs=1

Coming up this month: workshops on thesis statements, annotated bibliographies, and statistics.

Aimee M. Woznick, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Support Services & Assistant Professor
Empire State College, The State University of New York
Niagara Frontier Center

Mastering Self-Management

goalsIn last week’s ‘Things to Know Thursday’ blog post, we discussed some practical success tools to guide you in in discovering your self-motivation.  We learned that understanding what motivates you to do things is paramount to self-motivation.  This week, we will take an in depth look at practical success tool number two-Mastering Self-Management.

Regardless if you are a full or part time student there are times we find it difficult keeping ourselves on track and on task at times. I bet you even procrastinate sometimes don’t you? I know I do!  Don’t fret.  With our busy lives as non-traditional students it’s bound to happen.  I’ll share with you my 11-step guide I applied to my college (and personal) life that I find useful in helping manage time.  After all, self-management is really personal management, time management and life management, right?

Have Clear Goals – It’s important to know what you want from your college education. Write down goals that are specific, realistic and measurable.

 Make a To-Do List including your daily non-negotiable 3 – This number may vary depending on your schedule. Simply choose a daily number that falls in with your realistic lifestyle. Three is the number I could realistically work with. Choose your non-negotiable three items to accomplish that day, write them down and rank them by importance. Do them so when you lay down for sleep that evening you feel accomplished. Making this list helps you see ALL of your progress!

 Set a Schedule – A schedule will help you stay on track throughout your day. Use your to-do list to determine what is most important and approximate how long each task will take to complete.

Avoid Procrastination – I recall a quote from Creighton Abrams to help me avoid procrastination. It is quite is self-explanatory.  “There’s one way to eat an elephant, one bite at a time.” Dive in and just do it. Even if it’s 10 minutes at a time.

Ask for Help – When you need help, simply ask.  Hey, why not as a CARES student? Chances are, one of us has experienced your situation and can offer a solution.

Deal with Stress in Healthy Ways – We all experience stress in our daily lives. It can feel overwhelming at times.  Feel stuck? Have writers block? Whatever your stressor may be, take a break. Walk away. Do something that will break up your day. Replace your stress with something that brings you joy!

Becoming One with Technology – Our very own Vanessa Rehac offers us very simple ways to utilize modern technology to access and organize our networld. Check out her blog posts, “Class in a Coffee Shop – Why Not?  Access Your Work from Anywhere” and “Bookmarking…Make Your Online Time More Productive” on our website: https://sunyesccares.wordpress.com/

Technology balance/Log Off – Most of us love our technology and dare I say, NEED it! Have the will to use technology and not let it use you.  Sign out of Facebook, detach from Twitter, forget about your RSS feed, avoid YouTube, turn off your cell phone and ignore Google.  You will find that you are more productive and less distracted once you detach from technology.

 Attend Class – Again, pretty self-explanatory right?  Don’t skip. It causes you even more stress.

Eliminate distraction – This one is pretty difficult, at least it was for me.  When my mind keeps jumping off task I found moving myself to a place with less distraction was quite helpful. I go to the library or someplace where it’s easier for my brain to pay attention to my studies.  Where ever that place is for you, go there.

 Daily Review – Create a habit to review your calendar/schedule every morning and every evening.

 So there it is. An 11-step guide to self-management that I found useful during my college career. What did I gain from this?  One of the most useful ideas I learned about myself in utilizing this guide is that I am a bundle of resources! That’s right. I am able to stand back and look at myself in terms of what I am instead of what I do.  YOU, my peers, are a bundle of resources also. You have the mix of ingredients that makes YOU unique, different from anyone else, a remarkable human being! As a non-traditional student at ESC, you are gaining your formal education. You’ve undergone (and continue to undergo) a wide variety of experiences. You learn from various jobs as well as activities you are engaged in. You have skills that you’ve acquired through all of your hard work, discipline and practices.  YOU are firmly putting your hands onto the steering wheel of YOUR life and have the power to choose YOUR direction.  We all want to successfully achieve our educational/personal aspirations. The key is to find balance using organizational techniques to meet our everyday challenges

This afternoon I’ll leave you with a motivational quote by French writer, Francois La Rochefoucauld:  “It is not enough to have great qualities; we should also have the management of them.”

I know we will ROCK this together!

 Maria Tripi

President, SUNY ESC-NFC CARES Student Club

Bookmarking…Make Your Online Time More Productive

Submitted by: Vanessa Rehac

Bookmarking is an easy way to find resources and online content over and over again.  Although we can all be guilty of googling every time we need to find something, it isn’t the most efficient use of you time.  You probably know you can bookmark sites on your computer’s Internet browser, and this is great as long as you are at your computer.  But what if you are at the library or at the service center?  Maybe you are on vacation (hopefully someplace warn and fun.) and need to find a webiste?  Today we are going to briefly talk about various ways to bookmark sites and information for easy access from anywhere you are.

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This is one of my personal favorites for easy bookmarking of sites.

Symbaloo is a web-based desktop of sorts.  It is fully easy to set up and the tiles are fully customizable.  You can have a screen for personal sites and one for school, if you like to organize that way.  To access your Symbaloo, simply sign in using any computer or supported device (phone or Tablet) and you are in business.  Access email, accounts, websites, blogs and more.  If it has a URL you can bookmark it.
Symbaloo comes with pre-loaded icons for sites like Facebook, Major Stores and Websites and a set of generic ones for you to use when bookmarking a URL for something like an academically reviewed PDF Paper, that took you an hour to finally find.

Check out Symbaloo here. It’s free and so handy!

Pinterest

Alright stick with me a minute.  I know Pinterest has a rep for recipes, quotes and cute animal pics but did you know it can be a powerful bookmarking tools for school?  I’m a visual learner, well OK I’m a visual everything.  So Pinterest is great for me.  You can create specific boards for different subjects and topics and “pin” a picture to the board.  But it is so much more than just a picture, it’s a direct link to the original source.

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Take a look at a couple of my “Academic Boards.”

Communication Protocols
Visual Literacy Info and Design
Content Analysis– This one I used to keep pictures organized for an assignment.
Photoshop Inspiration-This board not only housed photoshop examples but links to how-to tutorials.

Pinterest can be synced and accessed across platforms and due to it’s inherent organizational design, content is easy to find.  You can even install a Pin It Button in your browser to help you pin directly to your boards while doing online research. This is helpful in keeping you from getting distracted by cute baby animals.  If you run into a site that doesn’t have a picture to pin, that’s OK, upload one of your own and link the URL to it.

Some tips:
Be sure to enter a brief descriptor of the pin as a caption. Your pin may come with someone else’s, so be sure to make it your own.

Click through pictures to the original content to be sure it is what it appears to be. Sometimes links get misdirected by accident or purpose.

If you have a Pinterest already consider how it can be used for school or work.  It’s always nice to make the social media work for its supper.

Evernote

Remember-everything-with-Evernote-Skitch-and-our-other-great-apps.-EvernoteEvernote is an academic’s dream app.  Their tagline is “The workspace for your life’s work” and from what I know of its most loyal users, that’s not an oversell.  Evernote is also a cross platform tool that will allow you for organize a wide variety of content types in “notebooks” for easy access from anywhere you have Internet access.  This is a great collaboration tool and most faithful users swear by it for not only academic use but work and personal use as well.

Evernote comes with a bit of a learning curve, but it’s not terribly complicated.  It also has some fun add-ons like Penultimate, that lets you hand write and convert your notes to digital format.

So whatever you need or comfort level, consider taking your bookmarks to a new level and increase your productivity from where ever you are!

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CARES Introduces the CARES Cafe Event Series!

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CARES will be offering a series of events to bring students together in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.  Each Cafe Event will have a different focus and purpose. We hope one or  all of them will interest you.

CARES Members will get advanced notice of these events.  To become a member join here.

Join the conversation in the CARES Cafe!   

Our first event is a Psychic Talk and Tea with special guest Kathleen Boldt!
Click here for more information and registration link! 

Self-Motivation…As seen from the “Cool Kids Table”


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In last week’s ‘Things to Know Thursday’ blog post, we discussed some practical success tools to guide you in both your personal and academic lives. Our intention is to discuss each tool. This week, we will take an in depth look at practical success tool number one-Discovering Self-Motivation

Understanding what motivates you to do things is paramount to self-motivation. Trust me; I understand this may sound so elementary! But sometimes your motivation is hidden from your consciousness. As adult learners, we all understand our motivation may very well change (or dare I say will most definitely will change) from hour-to-hour, day-to-day and throughout our lives.  As life evolves (and it IS in constant evolution) our needs, wants and goals change and evolve too. So, let’s briefly discuss the two types of motivation.

There are two main types of motivation: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. In their simplest form, you can think about these two types of motivation as:

  • Intrinsic – enjoyment, because we want to
  • Extrinsic – money, because we have to

Different people are motivated by different things and at different times in their lives (here is the change and evolution subject again).  For instance, the same task may have more intrinsic motivators at certain times and more extrinsic motivators at other times. In all fairness, most things we do have a combination of the two types of motivation (keep this in mind).

When thinking about what motivates you to perform a certain task (academic, personal or other), think about both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (remember, I mentioned to keep this in mind). Why should I keep this in mind you ask? Think of it this way, if you have trouble getting motivated to perform specific tasks it may be useful to write them down and list the motivators for each. Now we are ready to set personal goals!

SETTING PERSONAL/ACADEMIC GOALS:

For arguments sake, let’s lump these categories into what I refer to as LIFE GOALS. After all, academic, career, monetary, ethical and creative goals are each, in their own way, part of our LIFE GOALS! It is important to remember, when thinking about what you would like to achieve in your life, that CHANGE IS INEVITABLE (there it is again!).  Your circumstances and priorities will change through your life,

It may be useful to categorize YOUR life goals:

  • Academic goals– what knowledge and/or qualifications do you want to achieve?
  • Career goals– where would you like your career to take you, what level do you want to reach?
  • Monetary goals– what do you aim to earn at given point in your life?
  • Ethical goals– do you want to volunteer some of your time to a good cause or get involved in local events, politics etc.?
  • Creative goals– how do you want to progress creatively or artistically?

Once you have thought about (and written down) your life goals, you are ready to start planning on how best to achieve them. Now it’s time to make specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timed goals; referred to as SMART goals (coined by George T. Doran in 1981). Are you ready? Sure you are!

Making Your Life Goals SMART:

  • smart goal setting conceptS-Specific: Make each goal specific, so you know exactly what it is.
  • M-Measurable: Make each goal measurable so you know how you are progressing.
  • A-Attainable: Don’t set impossible goals, make sure each goal and sub-goal is attainable.
  • R-Relevant: Make your goals relevant.  Ensure your sub-goals are relevant to your life goals.
  • T-Timed: Set time-limits or deadlines for when to achieve each goal.


KEEPING MOTIVATED

Finally, it is important to keep track of what you want to achieve and stay motivated to do so.  Here are some tips I’ve acquired and used to help keep my motivation levels up. Constantly learn and seek knowledge (does life-long learner appeal to your senses?).  Read, study and talk to people. Knowledge and information are key ingredients for feeding your mind, keeping you curious and motivated.

  • Keep the Company of Enthusiastic People:  Try to avoid negative people and seek out positive, well-motivated people.  It is a lot easier to be motivated if the people around you are.
  • Keep Positive:Keep a positive attitude: See problems and set-backs as learning opportunities.
  • Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses: Work on ironing out your weaknesses and building on your strengths.
  • Do it: Try not to procrastinate, assess the risks but keep working towards your goals.
  • Get Help and Help Others: Don’t be afraid to ask other for help and don’t hold back if you can help them. Seeing other people succeed will help to motivate you to do the same.

Now, let’s get motivated my fellow students. Keep calm, WE GOT THIS!

 

Maria Tripi

President, SUNY ESC-NFC CARES Student Club

Non-Traditional Students Sitting at the Cool Kids Table

The fastest growing population on college and university campuses across the United States is the non-traditional adult student population. These students now make up at least 50% of higher education enrollments. As non-traditional students who’ve made the decision to gain their higher education degree, we are also challenged with balancing many obstacles in achieving our academic goals. For example, some of us are raising families; some are working full and/or part time jobs, while most of us face personally demanding requisitions.

We all want to successfully achieve our educational aspirations! The key is to find balance amongst our higher education goals and everyday challenges. Here are some key practical success tools to guide you in both your academic and personal lives.

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Master self-management
Employ interdependence
Gain self-awareness
Adopt lifelong learning
Develop emotional intelligence
Accept responsibility
Believe in yourself

Tell us, how will you foster your non-traditionalism to motivate your academic career?

Bonus Points for naming the Movie in the picture. 

Maria Tripi
President, SUNY ESC-NFC CARES Student Group

Class in a Coffee Shop-Why Not? Access Your Work From Anywhere!

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One of the challenges of being a student at Empire State is that we tend to do our school work from a number of places…home, service center, work, library and yes even the occasional coffee shop.  The problem that arises often, is access to all the documents, research and files you might need to work on an assignment.   Jump drives are great, but if you’re like me, you never seem to have one when you need one. However, the cloud is always available and accessible.

For Cloud file storage I love using Box!  It is easy to use, stores any type of file and best of all, it is accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection!   Box has several features that make it perfect for college students and professionals alike!

  • Box can be synced to your computer, tablet and phone, pull up what you need, when you need it on the device you have at hand.
  • Basic storage is 10GB (more than other free cloud services) But wait, I’ll tell you how to get 50GB at the end of the post!
  • You can share files and folders…easily.  No really…just like 1.2.3.  Great for collaboration or just sharing a file that is too large to email.
  • Install a “Box” button to your Internet browser tool bar and “BAM” you can save research directly to your account!
  • Sync a box icon on your computer to directly save Word files to Box and upload other file types too!
  • Easy to upload a new or edited version of a document.  If you shared a link to the file with someone, the new one will automatically open!  (I’ve been known to send a link to a paper to my mentor instead of trying to attach a file using Moodle.)

So check out Box. There are others, like Dropbox and iCloud, and I have used those as well but I really like BOX best.  There are some limitations, but they all have these, such as  a 250MB file size limit for upload on the free account, but unless you are uploading huge video files, you shouldn’t have any problems.  So give it a try, you have nothing to lose and easy access to all your documents to gain!

WANT THE 50GB DEAL? 

Now, I got in on a sweet deal some time ago that gave me 50GB of storage. And now, my friend, I’m going to share that deal with you!  If you want more than the 10GB that come standard here’s what to do:

  1. Go to Box.com
  2. Sign up for a free account using your ESC Email –Yes, you have one, they just don’t tell us.  It’s your MyESC login @esc.edu.  For example mine is vanessa_rehac550@esc.edu.  It forwards directly to the email you have on file with the College. 
  3. Once you have an account send an email to:  support22@box.com
  4. Subject Line: 50 GB Promo
  5. In the email: Say you were invited by vanessa_rehac550@esc.edu to get a 50GB upgrade.  State your ESC email (the one you used to sign up.) and ask to be upgraded to 50GB.

That’s it, 50 GB to store your papers, research, photos, song lyrics…whatever you need. 

PS That ESC email that you now know you have… Did you know can also get a trial Amazon Prime account using it.  Enjoy free 2-days shipping for about a 1 year.  That’s not all, several online services offer upgraded or free accounts if you use an educational email.  Just something to keep in mind.  

Changes to Degree Requirements for Undergrads

changes-ahead-250x250You may have seen this in your inbox, but just in case you didn’t, there is news from ESC’s Office of the Provost regarding changes to the requirements needed to graduate with an Associate and/or Bachelor Degree. If you are in the process of planning or have completed your degree plan, you should take note of these changes and speak with your mentor if you have any questions.  Below is the text from the email for your review.

 

NOTICE OF CHANGES TO UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Starting with the first day of the Fall 1 term (September 8, 2014),
Empire State College will be implementing two policies that may
impact your degree program.  These new policies bring the College
into compliance with updated SUNY requirements.

124 credit Bachelor’s Degree

Previously, students at Empire State College had to complete a total
of 128 credits to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Consistent with new
SUNY wide policy, bachelor’s degrees at Empire State College will
now be limited to a maximum of 124 credits.  During the transition
period, here is how the policy will be implemented (please review
closely to see which scenario is appropriate for you):

1. All students matriculating ON or AFTER September 8, 2014 will
follow the 124 credit policy.

2. All current students, matriculated BEFORE September 8, 2014 who
do not have a concurred degree plan may choose to make use of the
new 124-credit policy after conferring with their mentors.

3. All current students, matriculated BEFORE September 8, 2014 who
do have a concurred degree plan will have the option to amend their
degree plan as long as it does not impact the integrity of the
degree.  If you are interested in adjusting your degree plan, please
speak with your faculty mentor.  The amendment fee will be waived
for students amending their degrees from 128 to 124 credits.

General Education Policy

Effective September 8, 2014, all associate and bachelor’s degree
seeking students must meet the following general education
requirements:

1. All undergraduate degree plans must include 30 credits across 7
of the 10 general education knowledge and skill areas. (Previously,
associate degree students needed 21 credits across 7 areas).

2. Mathematics and basic communication must be fulfilled as two of
the seven areas. (Previously, these two areas were recommended, but
not required, for associate degree students).

Implementation of the General Education Policy will be as follows:

1. All students matriculating ON or AFTER September 8, 2014 will
follow the new policy.

2. All current students matriculated BEFORE September 8, 2014 follow
the requirements that were in effect at the time of matriculation.

Additional Changes to General Education

In order for a study to fully meet a general education
requirement it must be at least 3 credits to comply with current
SUNY policy. Formerly, a 2 credit study could be used to meet a
requirement, but a 2-credit study will now only partially meet a
general education requirement. Starting September 8, 2014 this
change will affect all students without a concurred degree program
regardless of matriculation date.

If you have questions about any of these changes, please speak with
your faculty mentor who will work with your center’s Office of
Academic Review.  Please note that mentors are not normally
available during the Faculty Reading Period (July 21 – August 15).