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About Discovery

1. What is Discovery?

The Discovery Program offers academic support and aims to create opportunities for students to enhance the quality of their undergraduate experience. Discovery encourages students to seek the vast resources available to achieve academic and student success. Our professional staff, graduate student assistants, and peer advisors (DAs) help provide easy access to academic support. Its administrative offices are located in Appalachian Hall, Mountanview Community, but Discovery's services extend into all residential areas.

2. What are Discovery’s Core Services?

Discovery’s mission is to help students transition successfully into college life and and assist all students in need of academic support. The services under Discovery are: 1) Discovery peer Advisors (DAs); 2) Discovery Centers (student success centers); 3) Early Academic Alert System; 4) Mentor Advising Connection Program for students on academic probation; 5) Supplemental Instruction; and 6) Organizational and Academic Success Coaching 

3. Who are Discovery Advisors?

Discovery Advisors (DAs) are undergraduate students internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association as advanced mentors who provide their peers with academic guidance. DAs assist students with developing effective time management, study, and note-taking skills. They also help with course selection/scheduling , provide information on experiential learning opportunities and help students connect with the BU community and its many resources. DAs are part of your Success Network in Starfish.

 4. Who are Graduate Student Organizational/Academic Success Coaches?

 Organizational/Academic Success Coaches are graduate students who provide assistance to students through the Early Academic Alert System, students on academic probation, and students requesting organizational coaching.

 5. What is the Early Academic Alert System?

Faculty submit early semester grades for students struggling in their course. Graduate student academic success coaches meet with these students to discuss ways of enhancing study and time management skills to help improve their path to success.

6. What is Organizational Coaching?

Our graduate student organizational/academic success coaches assist students in managing academic, social and other time commitments, breaking the cycle of procrastination, and the stress it causes, providing instruction on specific study techniques based on learning style , setting goals and learning how to develop a clear plan to achieve academic goals.

7. What is the Mentor Advising Connection Program?

The Mentor Advising Connection (MAC) Program is a partnership with SOM and Watson Academic Advising Offices to assist students on academic probation. Students who participate in the MAC Program meet throughout the semester with a graduate student academic success coach to establish more effective strategies to get back on track both academically and personally. 

8. What is a Discovery Center?

A student’s “primary resource for information” – information on campus activities, academics, and career exploration – a first step to get his/her questions answered. The CIW, Chenango-Champlain Collegiate Center, and Hinman Discovery Centers are open late hours to meet students’ needs (Monday – Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm).

There are also Discovery Advisors who reach out to Binghamton Advantage Program (BAP), transfer, international and commuter students to serve as a key first resource.

9. Where are the Discovery Centers located?

  • CIW Library
  • Hinman Student Success Center
  • Chenago-Champlain Collegiate Center
  • Mountainview Student Success Center in Appalachian, G17

 10. How can I find out more information on the Discovery Program?

Stop by the Discovery Center Main Office, located in Mountainview Community, Appalachian Hall, G02A, visit or ask any of the Discovery Advisors.

Last Updated: 11/27/18