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Academic Support for Academic Probation

The Office of Academic Advising provides additional support for students placed on academic probation (i.e., students who have attempted at least 15 credit hours, but whose cumulative GPA is under 2.0). Working with the Director of the Academic Support Center, our professional advisors:

  • Work with the Director of Academic Success Center to provide enhanced advising support to students on academic probation.
  • Explain the main functions of the Advising Office, and highlight ways in which it can be of service to students (e.g., information on how best to improve one’s GPA quickly; guided reflection on whether one’s major is the best “fit”, etc.).
  • Answer individual student questions related to College programs, academic performance, and academic support.
  • Offer “Pre-Advising Sessions” to help students best prepare for (and make the most of) Advisement Day.
  • Remain an engaged and active resource on behalf of students who are struggling (knowledgeable, honest, sympathetic advice/referrals).Students who would like to take advantage of these services are welcome to schedule appointments by phone at: (518) 454-5217, or by email at: We look forward to meeting with you!


Overview of First Alert

First Alert is an early warning system aimed at promoting student success. It allows faculty to report concerns about students’ academic performance, and, at the same time, to inform students of support structures available to them before the problem becomes worse. It is based on the premise that early feedback (and, in appropriate cases: intervention) is key to student success.

Reasons to File a First Alert

A faculty member might file a First Alert if a student has poor attendance, patterns of failing to submit work (or submitting incomplete assignments), low or failing exam grades, overall performance that does not meet academic standards, and/or concerns indicative of students who may be at risk of jeopardizing their academic success such as poor attitude or disruptive behavior.

Once a First Alert is Filed

Once a First Alert is filed by a faculty member, an email is automatically generated and sent to the student and his/her advisor with the notification. This email outlines the nature of the issue or concern and provides students with a list of support services available to help. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor to discuss these concerns and develop a plan for success. The Academic Support Center serves as a valuable resource to students as well as the Academic Advisor.