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College Opportunity Mentoring Program Achieving Student Success

COMPASS is a special consideration program that recognizes the unique talent and capabilities that select students bring to our campus community. It is designed for students who did not meet the criteria for regular admission, but have demonstrated the potential for success in college. The program provides them with a supportive environment throughout their first year at Buffalo State where they can develop these talents and flourish, both academically and socially, with the assistance of a dedicated professional and student staff.

COMPASS is designed to help new students find their way and stay on the right path during the first year of college. Participation in the program requires students meet with an Academic Coach who will assist them in developing their academic and personal skills such as study techniques, test taking strategies, and stress management. In addition to this, students have the option requesting a peer mentor to help guide them through their first year.

COMPASS students will also be required to participate in MAP-Works, an on-line assessment designed to provide feedback to help students establish realistic expectations and connect with campus resources.

In addition to MAP-Works, we are requiring COMPASS students to enroll in UNC 100, a course that will provide an overview of a Buffalo State education as well as the strategies and skills that will improve a student’s likelihood for academic success.



Provide services that will assist students in achieving personal and academic goals
Provide an understanding of important college policies, procedures, and resources
Promote responsibility, respect for self and the community, and positive experiences
Expose students to learning opportunities outside of the classroom
Create a sense of belonging to the larger Buffalo and Buffalo State community


COMPASS Program Participation Requirements:

Attend mandatory scheduled meeting with COMPASS Program Coordinator or COMPASS Graduate Interns
Attending regularly scheduled meetings with Peer Mentor. For students enrolled in COMPASS Peer Mentor Program
Participation in MAP-Works: an online survey system designed to help analyze first year student success and transition
New Student Orientation Program: the college’s transition program that includes a financial aid workshop and information session uniquely designed for COMPASS students.
UNC 100: a semester-long course that provides an overview of a Buffalo State education as well as the strategies and skills that will improve your likelihood for academic success

COMPASS Services and Initiatives:

Academic Coaching
Peer & Faculty/Staff Mentoring
Academic, Professional, and Community Service Workshops & Events
Social and Networking Events
Recognition Events & Initiatives

Types of Programs & Workshops That May Occur:

Time Management
Study Skills
Stress Management
Test taking strategies
Resume Writing
Public Speaking
Professional Image
Networking Skills
Game Night
Karaoke Night


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