Office of Academic Services and Retention

The Office of Academic Services and Retention Newsletter – Spring 2019

 Important News, Updates and Tips For Student Success at Adelphi

Q. What important dates do our students need to know? 

 Open Planning begins March 4. 
Students can make an appointment with an adviser to discuss courses for the Fall 2019 semester.

March 20: Registration for Summer 2019 begins
March 27: Last day to withdraw from a course
March 28: Graduate registration begins for Fall 2019
April 1: Undergraduate registration begins for Fall 2019
May 11: Finals begin
May 19: Commencement

Q. How can you help students withdraw from a course? 

  • Explain that they must complete a Schedule Form with the appropriate signature(s) of the professors.
  • They need to process the form with the Office of the University Registrar. 
  • Help them understand that withdrawals from courses appear on their transcript as a “W” and they will not get credit for the course.
  • The “W” does not get calculated into the GPA and it will not impact the student’s status as a full-time student.
  • However, if the student is an athlete, this may affect their athletic eligibility.
  • International students should consult the Office of International Student Services before withdrawing from ANY class.
  • Students should speak with the Office of Student Financial Services before withdrawing from a course, as this academic action may affect their financial aid.   

Q. How can the EAB partnership help you communicate with students? 

Adelphi has implemented an interactive way of connecting to our students. You can text students, make appointments with them for open planning and report on your advising session, all through EAB. 

Q. Can you issue an alert through EAB?

Yes. Early Warnings through the CLASS system are no longer available, but you can still notify students of classroom concerns through EAB. Just go to the EAB icon on CLASS, click Issue an Alert and follow the prompts. An email will be generated to the student and their adviser with your concerns. 
Be on the lookout for training sessions hosted by the Office of Academic Services and Retention to learn more about the EAB platform.


Q. How can you help students register successfully?

  • Always refer to the transcript and the Degree Audit, especially when counting credits for graduation.
  • Remind students they have to click SUBMIT to finalize their online registration.
  • After they click SUBMIT, remind them to go back to the registration screen to ensure that it says REGISTERED in the status column.
  • Students with 60-plus credits must note a major. For a list of all Adelphi’s majors, please refer to this page.
  • Reminder: Students who are receiving a B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to demonstrate Level IV competency in a language other than English. American Sign Language meets this requirement.
  • General Education major or minor courses cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
  • Limits on Physical Activity Skills and Fitness courses for each school are listed on CLASS in the drop-down box for Fall 2019 courses at the top of 0853 page.
  • Remind graduate and postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation to register for continuous matriculation.
  • Utilize the Report on Advisement function on EAB to document your advising session with your students.

Q. What tools are available to help with Open Planning on CLASS and our website? 

  • Learn the Degree Audit System. Contact the registrar with any questions. 
  • You can also search the Full Course Catalog for General Education courses. The link is located on the CLASS menu, below the Register on Demand link.
  • Use the Transfer Evaluation System to find course equivalencies at other institutions.
  • Our General Education worksheet is a helpful tool.
  • Academic Adelphi is a good reference publication.
  • You can also search courses for the semester for which you are planning by Meeting Type, Capstone, Online, Distribution, Learning Goals and by Keyword. 

Medical Leave of Absence

Requests for a Medical Leave of Absence for Spring 2019 will be considered until April 10, 2019. All inquiries should go through the Office of Academic Services and Retention.


Q. Where can you find the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships? What programs can they help students with? 

We are located in Nexus Building, Suite 145.

Students interested in engineering, optometry, law, medicine, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry and veterinary medicine may qualify for our selective joint degree programs. 

Q. Into what graduate programs have Adelphi students recently been accepted? 

There are many successes to share, and we congratulate our exceptional students for their hard work in achieving the next step in their professional goals. 
Dental: University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, NYU College of Dentistry, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Touro College of Dental Medicine
Medical: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Occupational Therapy: Hofstra University, Mercy College, Stony Brook University
Physical Therapy: High Point University, New York Medical College, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University        
Physician Assistant: Hofstra University, Touro College
Law School: American University, Brooklyn, Cardozo, CUNY,  Drexel University, Elon, Golden Gate University, Hofstra University, University of Massachusetts, University of Miami, Pace University, Pepperdine University, Quinnipiac University, Touro College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, Villanova University
Meet our team: 
Robert I. Schwartz, Ed.D., director 516.877.3140
Doris Smith, administrative assistant 516.877.3214

Q. Any news on Fulbright Scholars? 

Yes. We are happy to announce that ReginaLena McManus, biology, has been selected as a semifinalist for Thailand. 
The Fulbright Committee appreciates the efforts of the other five recommended candidates:
Francesca Giammanco Social Work Bulgaria
Nicole Grace Marketing Spain
Carolina Medina Interdisciplinary Costa Rica
Matthew Petrouskie Economics Spain
Natasha Saini Social Work

United Kingdom

Q. How can you help students who might be interested in becoming physician assistants or physical and occupational therapists? 

Invite them to the PA, PT and OT Fair, Tuesday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Ruth S. Harley University Center. Students and faculty can meet with admissions officers from local and regional programs in these fast-growing areas of study. This will be a terrific opportunity for our students to network and be inspired. Spread the word!
The following programs will be participating:
Iona College occupational therapy
Long Island University occupational therapy
Marist College physical therapy and physician assistant
New York Institute of Technology physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy
New York Medical College physical therapy
Pace University occupational therapy and physician assistant
Stony Brook University physical therapy and physician assistant
Yale University physician assistant



Q: What are the deadlines for study abroad programs?

September 15: deadline for Summer 2020 program proposals 
Please find proposal guidelines, which include a helpful list of FAQs, along with the all-proposal documents on the Center for International Education website.

If you are planning a Summer 2020 program and would like to market your program at the start of the fall semester, you are welcome to submit the proposal documents for the February deadline. Please contact Shannon Harrison, director, Center for International Education, at for more information and to discuss your future program.

Q: What faculty-led study abroad programs are happening for students this summer?

Studying abroad with faculty is an exceptional hands-on learning experience for our students.
The following faculty-led programs are open to students of any major and still have spots available:   
Archaeological Anthropology in Crete from June 16 to July 7, 2019
Eleutherna and Rethymnon, Greece (3 credits)
Faculty leads: Anagnostis Agelarakis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, and Argiro Agelarakis, adjunct faculty, Department of Anthropology
Multicultural Issues in Counseling from July 1 to July 15, 2019
Orvieto, Italy (3 credits)
Faculty leads: Jairo Fuertes, Ph.D., professor, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology


Q: When will faculty-led programs for academic year 2020-2021 be announced?

Faculty-led programs will be announced June 1, 2019. For more information on faculty-led programs or to inquire about study abroad in general, contact 
Meet the Center for International Education team:
Nexus Building, Suite 145
Shannon Harrison, director  
Rosemary Bradshaw, administrative assistant  
Susan Dunleavy, office staff  


Mentoring is making a powerful difference in student success. Please let your students know about Adelphi mentoring and how it might help them.  

Mentoring is making a powerful difference in student success. Please let your students know aboutAdelphi mentoring and how it might help them.  

Q: What new mentoring programs are now available to help students?


The Mentoring Program has expanded to welcome LGBTQ+, veteran and first-generation students. It is our goal to provide a welcoming, safe space for all students. 
All students are welcome to join our Monthly Rap Sessions to discuss topics important to you. Conversations include, but are not limited to:
A Home Away From Home” in Alumnae Hall, Room 111A (near Harvey Hall and Post Hall, by the bus shuttle)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
All new and prospective mentor candidates must attend both QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), hosted by the Student Counseling Center, and Safe Zone Training, hosted by the Center for Student Involvement.
All Mentoring Program candidates (both mentors and mentees) are welcome to attend an information session, in March 2019, which will orient and train them in the best practices of mentoring. Contact for more information.



Q: Do the Learning Center and Writing Center offer group study sessions or workshops?   

Yes, the Learning Center and Writing Center have offered group study sessions and workshops in the following areas: 
  • Medical Calculations for Nursing
  • Physics and calculus study groups
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Effective Learning and Study Strategies
  • Writing Research Papers
  • Formatting and Paraphrasing
Find us in the Nexus Building, Room 132. Contact us at 516.877.3200   


In addition to their in-person services, the Learning Center and Writing Center also offer self-directed online learning resources through their virtual campus Moodle page, which students can enroll in at any time. Here you’ll find interactive educational tools, like digital assessments, recordings of live workshops hosted through Panopto and Adobe Connect software, and video tutorials. The archive is regularly updated with new content, via direct student feedback, to dynamically service areas of student need.  


Q: How can you add additional study sessions in other areas?


Contact Lynne Kennedy, coordinator of the Learning Center, at


Meet the Office of Academic Services and Retention staff:
Debra Kyriacou, executive director of academic services 
Jacqueline Cooper, academic coordinator
Annette Uvena, senior coordinator of academic services 
Jennifer Walsh, senior coordinator of academic services 
Patricia Anelante, executive assistant 



For further information, please contact:

Office of Academic Services and Retention
Nexus Building, Room 145
p – 516.877.3150

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