UB Undergraduate Advising

Staying on Track

A great way to meet your goals and stay on track for graduation is to develop an academic plan. An academic plan allows students to map out short, medium, and long term components designed to meet an academic goal.

A plan allows for:

  • Constant goal setting
  • Evaluation
  • Renewal of the plan

Learning to set goals (maybe just for the first term or the first year) and then be able to evaluate your outcomes is a skill you will use again and again. Planning is continuous and life-long:

  • Did you meet your goal?
  • Were you satisfied? Why or why not?
  • Do you have to change your plan?

As you develop more experience your questions and goals will become more complex:

  • Now that I have completed a series of courses in one area, can I make connections between the formal education and real life experiences (through a job, internship, shadow experience)? Do I like the result?
  • If not, what have I learned about myself and what changes should I make in my plan?

We have developed a year to year roadmap of the experiences, accomplishments, and benchmarks that you are recommended to follow as part of your plan. For each academic year you will find targets relating to academic progress, engaging in the community, and preparing for life after college.



Academic Planning Tools

Consult the Explore, Prepare, Review, Enroll handout (PDF) to learn how all of these planning tools work together.

Last updated: January 20, 2017 2:37 pm EST

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