Student Academic Success and Engagement
Siena College recognizes academic advising as a critical component of the educational experience of its students. Academic advising is a process of problem-solving and decision-making through which a student explores and seeks information from professionals of the campus community. It is marked by a dynamic relationship between proactive students and advisor/mentors who act as teachers and guides in this interactive partnership. Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their declared major or for undeclared students, a faculty member in the School within which they are declared. In addition, the Student Academic Success and Engagement Office provides professional advising to any student needing: drop-in assistance; help with College procedures or advising concerns; or, assistance when a faculty advisor is unavailable. In this way, the College facilitates high quality academic advising for all Siena students. We are located in Siena Hall 215.
Tutoring Services are available to all currently registered students at Siena College through the Student Academic Success and Engagement Office. Group and individual peer tutoring are available during both the fall and spring semesters. Summer tutoring is available by special arrangement.
While some might view tutoring as a mechanism for ‘fixing’ difficult coursework, tutoring can play a proactive part in a student’s academic success. Participating in a group tutoring session can clarify formerly difficult concepts, provide additional study time and connect students with study partners. When used this way, tutoring enhances academic performance and improves success rather than just ‘fixing’ problems. Students, therefore, are encouraged to use tutoring services.
Students may attend any or all of the group tutoring sessions offered. This service is free to all currently registered undergraduate students at Siena College.
The Writing Center
The staff of the Writing Center offers free, one-on-one assistance to all students, faculty, and staff at Siena. Knowledgeable, highly-trained, and compassionate peer writing consultants provide objective, critical responses to assignments and projects across the disciplines and at any stage in the writing process. Regardless of the assignment, consultants can help writers generate ideas, organize an argument, clarify purpose, or identify an audience. We teach strategies for writers to use when revising their own work, and though we do not edit, correct, or “fix” technical problems, we can address those that reoccur throughout a text. We strongly encourage writers to visit the Writing Center several days prior to when the project is actually due and to plan for follow-up appointments.
Our staff is available to work with ALL writers: less-experienced and apprehensive writers who may need to work on basic writing skills and techniques as well as more advanced ones looking for constructive feedback. For students reading, writing, and speaking English as a second language, our staff includes a professional ESL instructor who can help with any type of assignment or even with non-academic communication issues.
Additional information about our mission, services, and hours of operation is posted at www.siena.edu/writingcenter. The Writing Center is located in L09 on the lower-level of the Standish Library. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly recommended and can be scheduled online or by telephoning 783-4125.
Career Education and Professional Development Office (CEPD)
The Career Education and Professional Development Office (CEPD) serves Siena graduate students as they pursue their career and postgraduate options. There are a wide range of services, programs and resources offered. Online self-assessment instruments are available to assist students with optimizing their resume and preparing for job interviews.. CareerSaint, the recruiting database, lists professional opportunities, internship positions, and mock interviews with employers. Appointments can be scheduled with professional counselors to discuss any career topic. Career education programs and events including the annual Spring Career, Internship and Graduate School Fair and the fall Accounting and Finance Career Fair are examples of the career development benefits offered to graduate students.
You can locate us in Foy Hall 203, on the first floor next to the theatre. More information and resources can be found on the internal website at https://www.siena.edu/offices/cepd/ . Appointments can be scheduled by visiting CareerSaint at https://siena-csm.symplicity.com/students/ or calling 518-783-2339. The education of a lifetime will take you many places, and CEPD wants to help you get there.