PEER ACADEMIC ADVISING
Center for Academic Advisement & New Student Orientation
Peer Advisor Program
Our Mission—The Center for Academic Advisement & New Student Orientation is dedicated to assisting all Baruch undergraduate students in taking ownership of their educational experiences. We endeavor to guide the students in making responsible choices towards achieving their educational, career and personal goals—from orientation to graduation and beyond.
Mission for Peer Advisors:
- To support the staff of the Center for Advisement with front desk assistance and Advisement programming.
- To advise fellow undergraduate students regarding Baruch academics, policies and resources, and be able to help students navigate their educational path.
- To serve as program assistant and peer mentor for one of the Center's at-risk programs (Students Toward Success or Transfer Transition Program).
The Center for Academic Advisement & New Student Orientation offers a wide range of advisement services to Baruch College undergraduate students. The Center is the one place where students can come to ask questions on topics ranging from major and minor requirements to general University policies and procedures. Integral to our mission are the programs that have been designed to help at-risk students identify and overcome their own personal challenges. The Students Towards Success (STS) and Transfer Transition Program (TTP) are each offered every Fall and Spring semester to first year and new transfer students with first semester GPAs below 2.0 and who's academic standing puts them at risk for dismissal.
Peer Advisor responsibilities are split between three main areas: office support, freshman and sophomore advisement, and at-risk program assistance and peer mentorship. Training for peer advisors is designed to prepare peers to meet the demands of each area as well as develop mentoring skills, event planning, and both written and oral communication skills.
- Successful completion of the T.E.A.M. Baruch Training
- Minimum 3.0 GPA and 45 credits earned
- Commitment of at least 6 hours per week and must be able to commit to at least one TTP or STS 6-session schedule and attendance to our weekly staff meeting
- Commitment of at least 2 semesters (e.g. Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)
- Good communication skills
- Two references (preferably 1 professional, 1 academic)
Peer Training Topics Include:
- The Pathways Curriculum
- Eligibility and academic requirements for BS, BA, and BBA degrees
- How to read and explain the Degree Works Audit
- Campus resources and making referrals to students
- Review of school policies, procedures, and necessary paperwork
- FERPA and rules of confidentiality
- Peer advising and mentoring skills
- TTP/STS curriculum
- Academic program design and assessment
Top 10 Reasons to Become a Peer Advisor:
Build your résumé
- Be a part of other student's academic success
Find your niche in the Baruch community
- Gain expertise in the college's curriculum, resources and policies
- Develop a network with students, faculty, staff and advisors
- Improve your communication and public speaking skills
- Receive mentorship from professional academic advisors
- Learn how to design an academic plan for graduation
- Mentor students on setting and achieving academic and career goals
- Enjoy the feeling of helping your peers find their way at Baruch College!
Be An Inspiration, Become A Peer Advisor!