Academic Achievement

Due to COVID-19, the Griff Center for Student Success has changed to remote operations. Learn how Academic Achievement is operating here. For a full list of Griff Center for Student Success operations during this time, please visit this page.

At Canisius, academic support is central to our mission of cura personalis — care for the whole person. The support structure at Canisius is multi-layered and highly individualized. All students have an advisor with specialization in their major as well as the opportunity to work with a team of additional advisors who assist with signature learning experiences such as study abroad, internships, career development, undergraduate research opportunities, and service learning. The Griff Center for Student Success provides an additional layer of advisement support.

Student Success Coach: A professional staff member who works in academic support services that can assist students with any non-advisement academic concerns and connect them with helpful campus resources. Success coaches help incoming first year students create their fall schedule, meet weekly with assigned students who are on academic probation as part of their academic recovery plan developed from the college/school associate dean, address student concerns submitted by faculty/staff, and assist with time management/study skills. Success coaches are assigned by college/school and work closely with their respective college/school associate dean.

Care and Concern Management: Create a network of support for students who are academically at-risk or are experiencing any challenging during their pursuit of their academic goals.

Freshmen Course Scheduling: Student Success Coaches collaborate with academic departments to ensure new students have a positive academic transition from high school to college by creating a schedule based on their academic goals. Canisius has a faculty advising model where beginning in their first semester, faculty within their respective department, serve as their academic advisor.  

Advisement for Transfer Students in the College of Arts and Sciences: The Associate Dean for Student Success collaborates with incoming transfer students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the appropriate major/minor department(s), Admissions, and Student Records to ensure that transfer credits are articulated appropriately and their first semester schedule is meeting requirements towards degree progress. Transfer students are also registered for Griff 201, a required transitional program for first semester transfer students.

Student Athletic Advising: Achieving the balance necessary to be successful as a student and an athlete can be challenging. Division 1 NCAA student-athletes have access to an advisor specializing in their needs to enhance their regular advisement process. The student-athlete academic specialist works closely with the coaching staff and athletic compliance.