Research has proven that students who are connected to and feel comfortable at an institution of higher learning are more likely to graduate from that institution. Contrarily, students who must rely on their own support networks are more likely to transfer or drop-out. The BSU Success Coach Program is built on the philosophy that the personal connection between a mentor and mentee will support student self-advocacy leading a determined student to graduate from Bowie State University. The positive connections that students make at the college foster the creation of a safe and comfortable learning environment where academic exploration and experimentation are encouraged.
Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship in which a faculty or staff member provides guidance to a BSU student, who is working towards successful graduation. The mentoring relationship develops as a student requests advice and guidance from an assigned faculty or staff member who offers solutions to academic questions and frustrations. The mentoring relationship is formed outside of regular classroom activity, and within the confines of all institutional policies, rules, codes of conduct, and regulations.
What will the Success Coach do?
A mentor will set up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee. S/he will meet with their mentee during office hours, communicate by email, or have a phone conversation. Discussion topics range from academic successes to other challenges. S/he will provide guidance to their mentees questions and concerns. S/he will serve as an introduction for their mentee to various campus services.
What are the benefits for the Success Coach?
A faculty or staff's participation as a mentor is a commitment to the institution. As a mentor, s/he will become a part of positive action that is student-centered. Bonds formed with mentees often last throughout the student's academic career. By volunteering, a faculty or staff's energy and enthusiasm will contribute to creating a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for our BSU students.
How can you become a Success Coach?
We would like to get as much help as we can. Our students really need your help. If you are able to volunteer as a Success Coach please contact Bernice Alston at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Leonadis at email@example.com. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Student Affairs.