Academic Recovery Program

Academic Recovery Program provides personalized and collaborative academic support to students that are facing academic difficulties and are in probationary academic standing. The goal of this program is to retain and return these students to good academic standing and reduce the number of students academically dismissed every year.

Who is eligible?

The Academic Recovery Program is only available for students currently on Academic Probation whose cumulative GPA has fallen below the minimum requirement of a 2.0, and therefore, are not meeting University Academic Standards.

What to expect while participating in the program:

Students will learn to develop the skills they need to maintain academic success and graduate. The Academic Recovery Program will provide structured and personalized academic support services with a higher level of engagement to students on academic probation. The Academic Recovery Program is designed to aid, and support students improve academic skills. Students participating in the program must complete an academic contract that spells out specific details and requirements. Students are also required to attend mandatory meetings with their advocates and their academic advisor.

Students will:

  • Receive guidance and support from a personal Academic Recovery Advocate. Students will connect with this advocate on a weekly basis.
  • Participate in academic tutoring or small group session to deepen their understanding of class subject.
  • Participate in study skills and developmental workshops to help students better organize their time and to study more effectively.
  • Work together with their Academic Recovery Advocate to identify academic strengths and weaknesses and to create strategies to make the best of their semester.
  • Complete a needs evaluation to provide an accurate assessment of their current academic situation.
  • It is the students' responsibility to meet with their Academic Recovery Advocate and Academic Advisor to discuss academic standing, learn what is needed to improve grades, and to learn about the requirements of the Academic Recovery Program.


Testimonials from past ARP Students:

 Here is a look into how our past Great Danes felt about the program.

“After being dismissed and away from the University for two years, I was readmitted for the Spring 2020 semester. Participating in the Academic Recovery Program (ARP) was a part of my readmission conditions. In the beginning, I felt it was very unnecessary and a complete waste of my time. Luckily, I was paired with a great ARP Advocate that contributed to my academic success this past semester. I expressed to my ARP Advocate that I had issues with time management. He shared different strategies with me to improve my time management skills and was also a huge support system for me, which motivated me to do more than what I thought was just enough. I can honestly say that I’ve learned great habits and still speak with my ARP Advocate on a weekly basis.

The Academic Recovery Program was a wonderful resource made available to me. During my time within the Academic Recovery Program, I was able to effectively set goals and plan ahead with my Academic Recovery Program Advocate. As a student who struggles with time management and organization, weekly meetings with my ARP Advocate allowed me to efficiently complete work, while being prepared for upcoming assignments and unforeseen events. My ARP Advocate also helped me grow as person. Although academics were the foundation of our relationship, he helped me grow socially, professionally, personally, and emotionally. Although I am not longer in the program, he constantly checks on me and we FaceTime on a weekly basis.”

“My experience as a student in the Academic Recovery Program was great. When I started at the University, I had a hard time transitioning to college life and I ended up flunking two semesters back to back. By myself I was able to slightly raise my GPA and alone, it would have taken me too long to get everything together in time to be avoid being academically dismissed. With the help of ARP Advocate, not only was I able to raise my GPA from the 1.0 into the 2.0, but I earned a 3.35 GPA for the semester. The type of support I was given made me feel as if I did not have to struggle alone. In addition, the program helped me become more confident in my academic performance through utilizing the skills my ARP Advocate and I developed together.”

“As a transfer student, my transition from a smaller institution to a larger institution such as SUNY Albany was very difficult. The big lecture classes and the campus environment was a major shock for me, which led to a poor academic performance my first semester. However, the Academic Recovery Program at SUNY Albany helped made my transition much easier. My academic advisor really helped improved my academic performance because of our weekly meetings and academic goals. I became more organized with my classes because she gave me a planner which helped me keep track of everything. Ever since I have been a part of the Academic Recovery Program, my overall GPA improves every semester. I am glad I was a part of this program because without it my college experience at SUNY Albany would have been very difficult.”

How to sign up:

Academic Support Services are being offered in person and virtually. Please email [email protected] for information how to access the Academic Recovery Program staff.


Related Resources:

Academic Recovery Program Application

Academic Recovery Program Contract

Academic Standing Resource Guide