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The Analysis of Academic…What?!?

The Analysis of Academic Progress…The Degree Audit…The Degree Analysis…

By any name, this document is crucial towards the navigation of your road to graduation.  But its more than just a cluster of words numbers and prefixes of courses that are unreadable or require some type opf codex to decipher.

Whether you are a new student, a transfer student, or even a graduating student, this analysis of academic progress is the ultimate guide to what you have taken, and what you need to take, in any major you choose to model.

So…What do you need to know about the Audit?!?

1.)  Your summary of credits towards graduation:  How many credits have you earned in total?  This Section give you a rundowm of earned and in progress total credits, as well as required and completed major credits and GPA’s.  A good overall perspective of where you sit in the spectrum.

2.)  Your Requirements remaining: What classes and requirements do you still have remaining?  This includes a definitive rundown of the eaxact courses you need to complete, both major, and general education, the number of credits to the minimum 120, your residency requirement numbers, etc.  The answer to “I’m not sure which classes I need” typically resides here…

3.)  Your requirements completed:  What have I completed, and for what does it count for.  This is where you see a rundown of the requirements you have completed and which courses fufill those requirements.  It also clearly shows where any transfer credits come over as under your required sections or free electives.

The Audit is pretty inclusive, top to bottom.  Familiarizing yourself with it can assist in many ways throughout your career planning process.  But it cannot do everything.  Keep in mind, the audit will not help you determine prerequisite courses, it will not register you for classes, and it cannot help you understand the order in which courses are offered or need to be taken.  Contact your faculty advisor and check out the additional success resources that are offered here to best prepare yourself to take the final step.

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Farewell to Class of 2014…

A brief word from the Academic Success and Retention Program’s student staff to the Graduating Class of 2014.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Prepping for Finals

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I wish I started this earlier” or “I feel terrible”, or are just plain running off the fumes of Redbull and coffee?  With Finals looming, what can you do to best prep yourself to be most successful?

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Group Studying:  For many people, this takes out the procrastination option.  (if you are meeting at 2:00, you no longer can watch “just one more episode on netflix”).  Also, you expose your vulnerabilities.  For some people, it’s easier to admit your weak areas of subject content knowledge.  For others, this can cause anxiety and discomfort, either way, the interactive approach (processing over memorization) is undoubtedly better.  Check out these group study tips at Top Universe.


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It should not come as a shock to you that taking a break is important.  But doing so effectively can be the tricky part.  Students constantly deal with the age old problem of too much break time vs. not allowing your brain to absorb the knowledge you have already studied.  Allowing for breaks and review on a consistent basis can help to sustain knowledge and make studying more effective.  Find out more through the Study Guide Service Review.

reading day 3Eating certain foods can have a direct affect on brain function as you study and keep yourself at its alert studying potential.  Eating healthy “Brain Foods” support your concentration, drive and overall health while studying.  learn more about the proper foods through Healthy Eating.


Good luck with finals as you prepare for the coming summer.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook or to follow us on Twitter @MSU_ASRP for more updates and other tips on navigating finals and graduation.


ASRP Is Branching out….

Our department is excited at the idea of reaching you at a multitude of levels. We have looked to make our presence known through our blog…


The Road to Graduation Blog

Through Twitter…



We’ve also dabbled in you tube, check out Paul revere and The Wizard of ASRP…


The Wizard of ASRP

And now…We are proud to present to you…The Road to Graduation Facebook page…


There is much to gain by being able to reach out and provide information to you in a multitude of platforms.  We have constant updates, videos, statuses, and much more about whats happening on YOUR road to YOUR graduation.  Follow us…Subscribe to us….Like us…Visit us… its that simple.

With Registration still looming, don’t think your path to success is paved alone.  Come see us in Webster Hall, Room 321, or call in for an appointment today, 973-655-4162.

Major of the Week: Nutrition and Food Sciences with Concentration in Dietetics (NUFD)

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This picture depicts what comes to mind want thinking about nutrition. Although helping others understand nutrition is a huge part of the major, a Nutritionist is not the only path you can take with a bachleor’s degree in nutrition. This 80 credit major has much flexibility.

Students can work in Clinical Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Management, Public Health Nutrition, Education and Research, Consultant/Private Practice, Related Health Professionals (e.g. M.D., PA, etc.), Business and Industry, Media, International Food Organizations, Public Policy or Government.

If you have already decided on a minor but think that this topic is something that interests you. You can declare a minor in Nutrition and Food Science for 19 credits.

Not sure if you want to commit to a minor or major there are various organizations on campus that you can speak to current students pursuing these degrees. For example, Montclair State Dietetic Organization (MSDO) or  Redhawks Enjoying an Authentic Lifestyle (REAL).

Adult Learner? See if you qualify for these scholarships. . .

The Adult Learner Program administers the Ralph P. LaSalle Scholarship, the Helen M. Purcell Scholarship, and the Alicia Pareha Savage Scholarship which are awarded by the Montclair State University Foundation for one academic year (fall/spring). The Montclair State University Foundation supports the activities of the University in many ways. Through its endowments, the Foundation has made funds available for scholarships to adult   students. A limited number of scholarships are offered each year to qualified students admitted through the Adult Learning program.

The Adult Learner Scholarships are available to all currently enrolled and qualified Adult    Learners at Montclair State University. Applications must be submitted directly to the Office for Adult Learning by Friday April 4to be considered for awards for the following academic year. To be eligible to receive the award, students must be accepted and enrolled at Montclair State University. Please refer to the information below for the selection  criteria and award amounts for each scholarship. Recipients must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point   average each semester of the award.

Ralph P. LaSalle Scholarship

Award: $200/ academic year

($100 per semester)
• Part-time student
• 50 years or over
• Enrolled in a degree program

 Helen M. Purcell Scholarship
Award: $500/ academic year

($250 per semester)
• Female, part-time student
• 35 years or over
• Employed at least 25 hours per week*
At least a 3.25 GPA from Montclair State

Alicia Pareha Savage Scholarship
Award: $600/academic year

($300 per semester)
• 25 years or over
• Enrolled in at least 6 semester hours for semester(s) of award
• At least a 2.5 GPA from Montclair State

 You can download the application for the scholarships at

Major of the Week: Theatre Studies (Acting Concentration)



Major of the Week: Biology

sodium_fine_by_ornithogale-d6gyh7gIs Biology the correct major for you? Want to switch to a Biology major?

The Biology Department offers undergraduate Bachleor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biology with a concentration in Education, Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science. Decide Biology after you are almost graduating? Don’t worry there is a one-year certificate program in Molecular Biology!

Some of the many skills Biology majors possess is critical thinking, detail-oriented, analytical, be able to communicate effectively, solve problems, absorb a wealth of newly acquired information, and work well with others on a team, as well as independently.

Want to learn more from students already majoring in Biology? Already a Biology major and want to meet others with similar interest to you? Visit events held by the Biology Club, MAPS – Minority Association of Pre-Health Student, Sigma Xi, and Global Medical Brigade which are advistertised “In the Loop”.

After obtaining a B.S. degree many students go on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution. Others teach Biology or Science in a school setting. While some go on to medical school to become a doctor. Want to know more about the endless possibilities after graduating with a Biology degree? Visit this website.









Major of the Week: Child Advocacy and Policy

Major of the Week is back!

This Week: Child Advocacy and Policy (CHAD)

The main goal of child advocates is to reduce harm or risk to children. Many students who obtain bachelor’s degree in Child Advocacy and Policy seek employment with DCPP or formally known as DYFS or students work in adoption agencies, foster care facilities, counseling management, rehabilitation, social services, and legislation. There are 33 credits within this restricted major that requires a 3.0 GPA. Child Advocacy and Policy majors learn the important skills of listening to details, negotiating, perceiving scenarios from various points, communicating efficiently, researching to support claims, analyzing large amounts of data, working well under pressure, managing situations well, and maintaining confidentiality all while retaining a professional appearancehappy-kids

Too late to add this Child Advocacy and Policy major, with no minor? Don’t worry you can apply for a Child and Advocacy Post-Bachelor’s Certificate that is only 15 credits here at Montclair State University.

Find out more about Child Advocacy and Policy by following us on Twitter @MSU_ASRP

So Now What Do I Do?

Post Suspension/Dismissal Appeal Approval

We are hoping by this time that you are excited, but that you are aware of the sensitivity that comes along with readmission.  You’ve leaped the suspension/dismissal hurdle, so now what?!?  You’ve been granted a third chance for whatever reason, so what are you going to do to take advantage of this opportunity? What motivates you? How are you a different student for having gone through the process?

Nine times out of 10, we are here because what we have already attempted didn’t exactly resonate as efficiently as we would have liked (Notice the “we” in there).  So before the next step of what to do (the “now what?”), how about we start with the, “what NOT to do“…


1.) Relax…Yes, you just avoided a year from suspension, so take a breather, this is the first step, but anything longer than the time it takes to retool and reboot is wasteful…You know who you are!  Don’t be that student…


2.) Say: “I need to take everything NOW!!!”.  The simple response here: No, no you don’t.  Of course multiple classes can be beneficial, so by no means does that mean drop everything.  Re-evaluation time: Decide what gives you the best chance to succeed in the present.  Think of your road to graduation as a marathon with consistent academic support and a strategic plan that will ultimately lead to your own finish line.  The concept here is that sprinting or walking rarely suggests effective approaches to academic success. So what path is best for you? (Cough, a good time to see your advisor).


3.)  Think, I am a better student than this, it will just turn around on its own (As a matter of fact, I’m hoping that this statement actually made your cringe).  Yes, you are a better student than that, but failing to avoid broad statements like, “I just have to work harder”, or “I know what I have to do now”, tend to be academic traps.  So what is it that you will do to work harder? What are the things you have to do and how will you do them differently?  There is a pretty serious gap separating hoping for change and creating change.  Besides, isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome?

So, ultimately, this feels pretty negative (if of course you view it that way…But this is much more an opportunity than anything else.  So now what can we do?!?

This is an opportunity, an additional chance to be successful.  Go see somebody and take a step now, your academic advisor, faculty advisor, mentor, tutor, etc.  Your new plan for success is not that far removed from where you read right now.  We CAN be of assistance to you.  You CAN help yourself…but it has to start somewhere…