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When meeting a student for the first time, you may be asked questions about at least one of the following areas:

  • Alcohol Counseling Credentials
  • Child Development Associate (CDAs)
  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exams
  • Financial Aid
  • Joint Bachelor/Master Programs
  • Locally but not regionally accredited colleges
  • Military credits
  • Professional degrees
  • Teacher Certification

While you, as the student's mentor, are always an important source of information for the student, and while you want to be as informed as you can be, there are just too many things to know.  So helping a student research a question or make a connection with an appropriate college professional is often more important than providing the "right" information.  It's often appropriate for the student him/herself to research some of these areas using college materials and/or other sources.  In fact, this kind of activity might also be a legitimate and useful part of a student's official degree program planning activities that are part of his/her initial enrollment. 

An important note:

While Empire State College can respond to students whose background or interests relate to the areas listed above, the college operates under rules and policies established by either professional organizations and/or the New York State Education Department (SED).  Until you have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with these policies, tell the student that you aren't sure about these matters and that you'll get back to him or her.  Use each of these questions as an opportunity to learn piece by piece the intricate parts of the educational puzzle Empire State College helps students to solve.

Where can you get the appropriate information?  Your center dean or associate dean, your director, your local director of academic review, your student services coordinator, or an experienced mentor may either have the information you need or can direct you to an appropriate resource at your center or at the Coordinating Center. There are many people and offices to which to turn.