Tips for faculty, institutions to better mentoring students

June 16, 2017

“Mentoring is one of the many aspects of faculty positions that are not generally taught, even though it is crucial in higher education,” write Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist for Inside Higher Ed. For this reason, the authors recommend a series of mentoring practices that institutions and faculty members can use to support students. These practices include making sure that financial aid packages recognize the full costs of attending university and that mentorship recognizes differences in student backgrounds. “Academe is an institution shrouded in mystery, with many unwritten rules,” the authors add, which is why it is also important for programs for first-generation undergraduate students to clarify these rules. Further, the authors recommend offering constant constructive feedback, even to students who actively avoid receiving such feedback. Inside Higher Ed