Center for Academic Engagement

The Center for Academic Engagement (CAE) focuses on reaching out to students and encouraging them to access academic support services.

Student Services

Our services help students achieve:

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved grades
  • Self-advocacy
  • Goal-setting
  • Decreased stress
  • Knowledge of student support services
  • Connections with campus mentors
  • Improved college success rates

Faculty Support

In addition to student services, the CAE works with faculty to help support student success with its College Success Referral System and departmental connections. The philosophy and practice of this retention initiative is to identify students, facilitate early academic engagement, offer appropriate services, and create a solid connection to the college with one goal: student retention and persistence. CAE staff will reach out to, and meet with, students on an ongoing basis to maintain a long term, effective follow up system for students and referral sources.

Who should visit the CAE?

  • Students who are on academic probation are strongly encouraged to utilize CAE services to improve study skills.
  • Students who are struggling with a single course, or several courses.
  • Students who are performing well in their coursework, but would like to improve their study habits, time management skills and/or overall academic performance.
  • Remember, the CAE is open and available to all Hudson Valley Community College students (including full-time, part-time, distance learning (online) and evening students.)

When should I visit the CAE?

  • When course work, life issues and/or grades are causing you stress.
  • When you'd like to improve your grades.
  • When you feel like you could use encouragement and support.
  • When you'd like to brush up on skills essential to college success.
  • When you're not sure which college office(s) you should visit to get all of the help you need.
  • When you'd like to do homework, use computers and/or study in a supportive environment.
  • When you receive a call or email inviting you to stop by the CAE.
    Faculty, staff, and advisors are encouraged to refer students to our office.
    NOTE: A referral to the CAE does NOT mean that you are failing your class, not doing all of your coursework, etc. A referral to the CAE is simply a way for your instructor to point you in a direction to improve your overall college experience.


The CAE academic coaches and staff use a student-centered approach and provide students with a solid point of contact to help navigate all aspects of the collegiate experience.

Staff Name Title Phone Email
Andrew F. Roberts Site Coordinator/Academic Coach (518) 629-7260
Doreen McGreevy Academic Coach (518) 629-7512
Brian Trautman Academic Coach (518) 629-7609
Kristen Riegel Part-Time Academic Coach (518) 629-7785
Tanya Fredricks Clerk (518) 629-7550
Karen Ferrer-Muñiz Dean of Retention and Instructional Support Services (518) 629-7055

Vision, Mission and Goal

The vision of the Center for Academic Engagement is to increase achievement and success of all Hudson Valley Community College students.

The mission of the Center for Academic Engagement is to facilitate collaboration between academic and instructional support units, and to encourage faculty and staff to intervene on student retention issues in a timely manner. The CAE will employ active student outreach, as well as support the faculty and staff in proactively connecting students to services that can enhance the opportunity to be successful at Hudson Valley Community College.

The goal of the Center for Academic Engagement is to help students develop the skills necessary to be academically successful while at the same time fostering students' critical thinking skills and their sense of independence.

Get in Touch

Center for Academic Engagement
Siek Campus Center, room 230
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.