Consistent with the University values and missions that establish a commitment to actively preparing students to participate respectfully and responsibly in a pluralistic society, faculty members are expected to participate in mentoring students. Mentoring students is different from the basic function of providing registration information to students; it implies that faculty will share experience and expertise that contributes to intellectual, social and professional development of students for success in their studies and success in their transition after graduation.
All faculty members are expected to mentor and support student development. Specifically, faculty shall:
- provide advice that assists students in meeting career aspirations and/or graduate education,
- make him/herself accessible to students (advisees and students in courses/major),
- promote students for awards and scholarships,
- promote student orientation and involvement in profession or discipline,
- engage students in scholarly and professional activities when feasible and appropriate,
- participate in and support student activities (orientation sessions, convocations,
- Commencement, award ceremonies, honorary societies, etc.),
- help the student feel welcome and to provide pertinent general information relative to University life.
Student success hinges on meaningful academic advising. Faculty advising of individual students involves being available to assist students in a variety of their life activities while at Plymouth State University. Recognizing that students differ in terms of the variety and urgency of their need for help, advisors should be particularly interested in the academic planning, scholastic achievement, career planning, and social adjustment of their assigned students. Such counseling should be based on the evaluation of skills and abilities and the identification of personal priorities. Faculty members who are assigned advisees are expected to:
- know the curriculum and provide effective and accurate curriculum advising,
- assist students with academic progress and time to degree,
- establish a basis of contact with students upon which personal, academic, and administrative processes may be integrated,
- promote student awareness of their personal responsibility for the development of an appropriate academic program,
- familiarize students with the procedures and regulations relative to curricula offered, requirements for graduation, required courses and electives, and the content and values of specific courses,
- assist students in completing registration and utilizing the drop/add process,
- develop communication with students that is consistent, frequent, and confidential.