Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRiO program. Our mission is to help participants to reach success through our Diverse Advising to Navigate Education (DANE) initiative:
Provide a diverse approach in academic counseling with keeping to the student’s academic plan or career goals to achieve maximum academic success and career readiness.
Use a holistic and proactive advising method that is tailored to each student based on their learning styles to bring about skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.
Provide resources to help students navigate their academic plan through interoffice collaborations (e.g. Career Services, Counseling Center, University Libraries, etc.).
Communicate the importance of being the first in their family to receive a four year education and the effects it will have on their life and career goals.
TRiO Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRiO program. The University at Albany refers to the TRiO SSS program as “Project Excel.” Project Excel is a program for students who are first generation college students, come from low-income households and/or are disabled. Our mission is to help these students achieve their academic and professional goals. Project Excel offers a multitude of services geared toward developing academic excellence, interpersonal skills, and leadership ability, as well as achieving career goals. The staff is committed to the overall well-being and success of its students and is free to all participants.
Project Excel strives to achieve its goal of a graduation rate of 72% of its participants by offering its students a variety of University-wide support services, including Supplemental Academic Counseling, free-study group tutorials, and study skills workshops. Whether a Project Excel student is a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, these services can help the student achieve his/her goals. The following is a list of some of the services available to Project Excel students in their quest for personal growth and academic success here at the University at Albany:
- Assisting with academic progress
- Performing regular follow ups minimum of three times a semester
- Offering group and individual tutorial services for various subjects
- Offering mentoring programs involving faculty and upper-level students
- Providing career counseling to expose students to a range of career options
- Exposing students to cultural and educational events and workshops that will enhance the college experience
- Assisting students in securing admission and financial aid for graduate and professional programs
- Offering scholarship opportunities to qualified freshmen and sophomore students
- Providing sense of community, belonging and connection to the University
- Providing students a safe environment to meet peers and establish relationships
- Making available a caring and dedicated staff
- Exposing our students to Community Service initiatives
- Introducing students to Internship Opportunities.Free Peer Mentoring/Tutoring
- Free Faculty Mentoring Program
- Freshmen Year Seminar Course (UNI 100)
- Writing/Math Lab
- Study Skills Workshops/Materials
How to Apply
Students interested in Project Excel are encouraged to inquire through their academic advisor, or visit the Office of Access & Academic Enrichment (OAAE) housed in the Education Opportunities Program (EOP) Complex, at LI-94. The application process is open enrollment. (See Application Link Above)
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these offerings! For information on these or other programs feel free to call:
Interim Director – Mayra Santiago: (518) 442-5175
Program Coordinator – Makisha Brown: (518) 442-5196
Academic Counselor – Winston Heslop: (518) 442-5542
Staff Assistant – Yessenia Raposo: (518) 442-5182