Wednesday Open Advising and Faculty Advising Workshops

Open Advising - Wednesdays!

  • Speak with an academic advisor
  • Get answers to advising questions
  • Access resources
  • Research potential majors

Whether you are thinking of changing your major or have questions about how to register, we are here to help!
Academic Advisors are available for brief (10-15 minute) advising questions on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Advisors are available in person in Advisement and Transition, Memorial Library, Room A-111
  • You can also connect with us via phone (607-753-4726)
  • Virtual meetings are available by appointment. Advisement WebEx room
Date Special Topic
Aug. 30


Review your Degree Audit and Overall Credits needed for graduation

Sept. 6 Semester Planning - understanding your course syllabus
Sept. 13 Setting up your Starfish profile and accessing campus resources
Sept. 20

Change of major
Consider adding a minor

Sept. 27 Transfer credit review - are all your transcripts in?
Oct. 4 GPA Repair Kit
Oct. 11 Reach out to your instructors, respond to feedback from the progress survey, ask for help
Oct. 18

Prepare for your appointment with your Academic Advisor 

Oct. 25 Use Schedule Builder to create your ideal schedule 
Nov. 1 Advisement and Registration Questions
Course Withdrawal decisions
Nov. 8 Advisement and Registration Questions
Options for Winter credit 
Permission to Transfer Credit
Nov. 15 Utilize campus resources - ask for help
Nov. 29 Think ahead and talk to an academic advisor about your goals and how we can help you reach them. 
Dec. 6 Finish Strong 

Faculty Advising Workshops

All workshops are located in the Advisement and Transition conference room, Memorial Library, Room A-111. Advisement and Transition is here to support you in your role as an academic advisor. Reach out with individual questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting. If you would like to invite a staff member from Advisement and Transition to speak with your department, please complete the Formstack survey letting us know your specific interests and preferred time.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
General Education Updates

The SUNY Board of Trustees passed a revised General Education program that is in effect for the 2023-2024 academic year. All fall 2023, and beyond, incoming first-year and transfer students are under the new SUNY GE requirements. Join us to learn about the new category titles and GE updates as you advise students who fall under the new requirements.

Friday, Sept. 22
Wednesday, Sept. 27
1 pm
Advising Nuts and Bolts
Learn SUNY Cortland’s philosophy on academic advising and advisor/advisee expectations. Get the tools you need to understand the advising process and your role in assisting students achieve academic success.  This workshop 1-hour workshop will provide an overview of advising resources, including myRedDragon and Degree Works, and we will discuss the transfer credit process.

Tuesday, Oct. 3
Advising Technology
11 a.m.

Degree Works, Starfish, Schedule Builder and resources within myRedDragon are all powerful tools in supporting and advising students. Join us to review the various technologies available to assist you in preparing for advisement and how best to support your advisees. We will also review some advanced features in Degree Works such as: What If, Future Classes, GPA Calculator, Class History and Notes.

Friday, Oct. 13
Financial Considerations for Academic Decisions
1 p.m.

When choosing to withdrawal from a class, change a major or add a minor, students could be making decisions that have financial implications. Additionally, SUNY Cortland utilizes Student Outcome Tracking (SOT) to determine whether a student's registered credits count toward their degree program. Join us to learn about SOT and financial considerations students should keep in mind when registering and making academic decisions.

Thursday, Oct. 19
Top Transfer Tips
1 p.m.

Transfer credit is not just for transfer students. Many new first-year students bring in transfer credit and many of our current students look to take summer or winter courses elsewhere. Some students also choose to complete their final degree requirements at another institution and transfer the credit back. Come learn more about the transfer credit process and how best to assist your advisees in timely degree completion.