Student Affairs Spotlight: Office of Academic Services

Isaak Kifle

Office Location: Maxcy Hall 210 Wing (Rooms 210A-210F) and Room 208

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Fri. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

What can you say about the history of this office?

The office originally began around 1983 as an office to support development and probationary students. In the early 1990’s, it became the Office of Academic Services when it expanded its services to all students.

Who comprises the staff?

First, there’s Kay Cuozzo, Director of Academic Services. Janet Buckley is the Assistant Director of Operations and Administration, while Lynn Derobertis is the Assistant Director of Educational Programs and Academic Skills Counselor. There are three more Academic Skills Counselors: Linda Harris, Alice Guido and Joe Frederick. Lastly, there are two graduate assistants.

What services does the office provide to students?

The Office of Academic Services (OAS) provides a wide range of services that provide academic support to students at UNH. Academic Skills Counselors are available to meet with students to help them build the skills they need to succeed in their classes; these sessions are specifically tailored to the needs of the student.  OAS also presents a number of workshops every semester on topics ranging from note-taking and test-taking skills to time management and learning strategies. Academic monitoring is a program where the office will work with various departments and specific student populations to monitor students throughout the semester to ensure they receive the help they need.

In addition, Office of Academic Services coordinates the Freshmen Experience Seminar (FE 001), a one-credit course required of all freshmen that assists them in the transition from high school to college and is taught by staff from many different departments along with Experienced Students, who are upperclassmen teaching assistants. Lastly, the office works with the Office of Residential Life to provide the freshmen residence halls with Academic Peer Mentors (APMs), upperclassmen selected and trained to provide freshmen with academic support and referrals to campus resources.

Is there anything else you would like students to know?

The Office of Academic Services has a resource room with books and a few computers, which is available to students. The goal of OAS is to help students help themselves to become successful, and all of the office’s services are available to all students, from those on probation to honor students and everyone in between!