The Mentoring Program is open to all NSU students and is designed to foster individual relationships between students and faculty/staff. The purpose of the program is to provide students with personal resources to aid in college success. The primary outcome for the Mentoring program is to increase the personal success of students through relationships with mentors.
A mentor is any NSU faculty or staff member who is willing to commit time and energy to assist students in adapting to academic expectations and the campus environment. A mentor should have institutional knowledge and personal skills to be able to guide students through their individual academic and professional development.
- Developing your skill as a planner - getting a sharper focus on what is needed to grow professionally.
- Developing your skill as a learner - getting new ways to acquire new skills.
- Developing your skill as a communicator - improving your ability to express your expectations, goals, and concerns.
- Developing skills and behaviors necessary to succeed professionally.
Additional Benefits of Mentoring
- Increased academic achievement and higher GPAs after one year of mentoring.
- First year student who are mentored are significantly more likely to return to college for a second year.
- Having a caring ear to hear your triumphs as well as your frustrations.
- Learning what it is like to work in a profession.
- Developing a relationship with an advocate within NSU.
- Receiving knowledge about the "ins and outs" of NSU.
- Getting honest feedback.
A mentor will be matched with a student when the student expresses an interest in participating in the mentoring program. The program will be marketed to all students who have visited the Student Academic Success Center.
The mentor and the student will each receive a mentoring packet with resources and a list of suggested campus activities, such as athletic events, plays, and guest speakers, to attend together.
Throughout the semester, the Mentoring Program Coordinator will contact each mentor and student for feedback on how the relationship is progressing to address any questions or concerns. Mentors and students are also encouraged to contact the Coordinator at any time with questions or suggestions.
- Serve as a mentor to an assigned student for at least one semester. After the first semester, mentors and students may wish to continue for another semester.
- Make contact with your assigned student after the initial introduction and meeting with the student.
- Commit to meeting with the student at least once per month.
- Attend at least two campus events or activities with the student each semester.
- Provide feedback to the Mentoring Program Coordinator at designated times throughout the semester to assist with student success.
Mentee (student) Expectations
- Meet with the mentor on a monthly basis, at a minimum, throughout the semester.
- Attend at least two campus activities or events with the mentor each semester.
- Communicate your personal needs for success with the mentor.
- Provide feedback to the Mentoring Program Coordinator at designated times throughout the semester.
- Have fun and make a friend for life.
Once a student has requested a mentor, the student will fill out the online application and profile form below. The Mentoring Program Coordinator will then as a faculty or staff member to mentor the student. The faculty or staff mentor will also complete the appropriate application and profile form below. In addition, both the student and the faculty or staff mentor should completed the Confidentiality Statement below and turn it in to the Mentoring Program Coordinator. The Mentoring Program Coordinator will then introduce the student to his or her mentor.