The Academic Advising Center (AAC) provides important services to University of Bridgeport students. The programs are designed for students to be successful during their time in college and engage with the campus community.
Learn about our key AAC Programs:
The purpose of the Academic Recovery Program is to help students on academic probation or readmitted students return to good academic standing. Students who go through the program will understand why they ended up on academic probation or were separated, how academic probation impacts them, and steps to recover from academic probation and return to good academic standing.
The program is not designed to be punitive in nature but to help you be accountable for your education and make good decisions going forward.
How to Return to Good Academic Standing
STEP 1: Attend Intake Session
The intake session will be facilitated by the AAC staff and will aim to inform you about why you are on probation, what it means for you going forward, and what you have to do to complete the program and return to good academic standing. The session will be designed as group sessions and several will be offered each semester.
STEP 2: Complete Academic Recovery Self-Assessment
You will be required to complete a self-assessment designed to identify obstacles to your academic success. Along with the obstacles, you will provide your short-term and long-term goals. The AAC advisors will use this information to put together a comprehensive Academic Recovery Plan that you will be required to complete in order to lift your registration hold.
STEP 3: Develop an Academic Recovery Plan
Once the assessment is complete, you will schedule an initial appointment with one of the advisors in the AAC. During the appointment the advisor will go over your self-assessment results and talk with you to create a comprehensive Academic Recovery Plan to follow. Some of the required action items found on the plan are:
- Attend a Student Success Workshop based on the obstacles provided. For example, sessions on Time Management and Study Skills will be recommended.
- Discuss midterm grades and options based on them
- Work with the Tutoring and Learning Center
- Visit their faculty advisor to discuss next semester classes
STEP 4: Plan Completion
- Show your advisor in the AAC their schedule to complete the Academic Recovery Program.
The purpose of College Conversations is to visit with prospective college students and answer questions they have about college. Continuous follow-up will continue through the summer until the first day of classes. If you wish for and advisor to visit your school or you have questions please contact the Academic Advising Center.
- Central High School, Bridgeport, CT
- Kolbe Cathedral, Bridgeport, CT
The Innovative Teaching and Academic Advising program is designed to provide comprehensive education to undergraduate faculty advisors at the University of Bridgeport. A series of workshops provided during the weekly Faculty Development Hour consist of the following topics:
- Campus Resource Education
- Innovative Teaching Strategies
- Best Practices in Academic Advising
- Technology Training
The Academic Advising Center has developed a pilot Peer Writing Mentor initiative (PWM) for the fall 2017 semester in an effort to provide targeted writing support to first-year students. Peer Writing Mentors will be linked to courses in which students are expected to produce a significant amount of polished, college-level prose in order to provide feedback intended to prompt meaningful revision. Each formal writing assignment will allow time for students to discuss writing plans with PWM’s and to actually have PWM’s read drafts and provide informed, written feedback. After reviewing drafts, PWM’s will meet with students one-on-one to develop concrete plans for revision. The writing support provided by the Peer Writing Mentors is designed to help students develop the necessary writing skills for success in college.
The Center for Career Development, Academic Advising Center, and Athletics Department have collaborated to launch the Student Athlete Success Program. By creating a cohesive program incorporating both academic and career planning, student athletes will be coached through their time at UB both on and off the field/court. This program ensures that student athletes will be better able to plan and make the most of their academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities with clear career goals in mind, thus leading to increased retention, preparation and success upon graduation.
- To ensure student athletes are able to take full advantage of academics and career planning opportunities while also being committed to athletics
- To educate student athletes on Academic aspects including major and graduation requirements, and course selection
- To educate student athletes on Career Development aspects including career choice, transferable skills, professional etiquette and skills, and internship/ job opportunities
- To develop leadership, teamwork, and professional skills desired by employers based on the 2015 NACE competencies
- To show a greater presence in Athletics to better unite student athletes with the campus and resources
- Initial Introductions: During New Athlete Convocation each athlete will receive information regarding services this program provides to them in their athlete handbook.
- New Athlete Advising Sessions: One-on-One advising sessions for all new athletes (both transfers and freshman) in order to identify the career and academic goals of each student, and assist in pursing these goals. Students receive a personalized 4-year plan from Career Development outlining experiences to gain during their off seasons. Degree tracking sheets are provided by the Academic Advising Center.
- Senior Athlete Advising Sessions: One-on-one advising sessions for all graduating athletes in order to assist with the transition out of sport. Seniors can plan their last semester in an efficient way keeping their academic needs and career goals in mind. The Academic Advising Center will ensure that each student registers for all final course requirements. Career Development will assist each student with their job/grad school search or help identify final experience options.
- Drop-by Hours: Weekly drop by hours in Hubbell athletes to talk to an Academic Advisor or Career Advisor regarding their progress, needs, or concerns.
The Student Success Mentor Program is designed to work alongside the Student Success Program (SSP) where five successful upperclassmen meet with first-year students during one-on-one and group sessions to help them navigate through personal, academic, social, and cultural experiences in their first academic year at UB. Mentors will provide students with appropriate support and referrals to campus resources and opportunities. Mentors will represent various majors and will act as a link between students and advisors in the AAC. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or want to connect with a mentor, please contact the Academic Advising Center.
The purpose of the Student Success Program (SSP) is to help first-year students at the University of Bridgeport learn the skills needed to be successful in their classes.
Additionally, the program aims to get you involved in your program of interest along with the campus community. The overall goal of the Student Success Program is to help you develop a sense of community here at the University of Bridgeport and make a successful transition into your major of choice by the end of the academic year.
All students in the Pre-Majors Program at the University of Bridgeport are automatically eligible for the Student Success Program. However, any student can participate in the SSP.
Student Success Inventory
As a student in the SSP, you will complete a short interest inventory in order for a success plan to be developed.
The AAC along with other campus departments will provide a series of comprehensive workshops aimed to help you achieve success. Workshop topics include:
Academic Resource Workshops
- How to use Canvas
- How to use Student Planning
- How to give a class presentation
- When to withdraw from a class
- Registration prep
- How to determine your grade in a class
Student Success Workshops
- Time Management
- Goal Setting/Motivation
- Note Taking/Reading Strategies
- Study Skills/ Study Environment/Test Preparation and Test Taking
- Class Participation/Engagement
- Understanding your Learning Style
- Information Literacy/Research Database
- Barriers and Benefits of Technology
- Money Management
- Coping Skills to Avoid Burnout and Balance Academic-Personal Life
- Stress/Anxiety Management
Career Exploration Workshops
- Career Planning: Job Search Strategies, Informational Interviews
- Networking, Personal Branding, Social Media Profile
- Internships/Onsite Job Shadowing
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing Tips
Student Success and Engagement Plan
The advisors in the AAC will develop a Student Success and Engagement Plan that you will use to navigate through your first year.
At Registration and Advising, new students meet with faculty from their major to register for classes. Your advisor will also review the Core Curriculum and answer questions.