Academic Mentoring is a developmental academic support program that complements Academic Advising, which together comprise Advising at Otis.
Academic Mentoring provides sequential, guided discussion and fosters student reflection about individual educational and career path issues. Research shows that guided discussions of issues that impact students' sense of control over their academic outcomes enhance overall student success. For example, Academic Mentoring helps students to:
- More successfully navigate the transition into college
- Define educational goals and make full use of campus and community resources during college
- Identify and prepare for broader educational and/or career options after college.
Academic Mentoring begins the first term of Foundation Year. Students meet with a faculty Academic Mentor once each term until they graduate; during one semester of the Junior year the Center for Creative Professions office provides Career Advising to begin preparations for internship and professional opportunities. Transfer students begin Academic Mentoring during the term in which they enter the College, and meet with an Academic Mentor once each term, through graduation.
Academic Mentoring is a unique, academic control-enhancing process that is organized around a set of questions relating to educational milestones, and builds upon answers considered in previous terms to help students acquire skills and attitudes that promote their intellectual and personal development. Students confer with Academic Mentors on key questions and challenges that shape their educational experiences, from adjusting to college life to choosing a major, defining and fulfilling educational goals, and transitioning toward graduate education or professional practice.
Of course, if college life--or life in general--becomes overwhelming, individual Student Counseling is also available.
Also please visit the Student Affairs web page, or contact:
- Laura Kiralla, Dean of Student Affairs (email@example.com) (310) 846-2554 for Assistance and referral to many helpful services
- Carol Branch (firstname.lastname@example.org) (310) 846-2554 for Student Resources and Coursework-related support
- Center for Creative Professions email@example.com) (310) 665-6966 for Career Planning
- Farah Mirzaee (firstname.lastname@example.org) (310) 846-2639 for Student Counseling
- Center for International Education (email@example.com) (310) 665-6994
- Financial Aid (310) 665-6898 for Financial questions and concerns
- Your Department for questions and concerns regarding Faculty and Programs
- Registration (firstname.lastname@example.org) (310) 665-6954 for Registration questions
Use the online student scheduling interface to make an appointment with an Academic Mentor.
- Post reflections about your academic progress, your goals and aspirations in your e-portfolio!
- Tell us about your Academic Mentoring experience!
For Academic Mentors:
- Use the Online Mentor Scheduling interface to set your available appointment times/days, and review student appointment signups.
- Transactional Advising Guide
- Online Mentoring Form
- Sequential Mentoring Form
- Student Referral Guide (information)
- Student Referral Form (interactive form)
- Managing Counseling Requests Guide
- Mental Health First Aid Flow Chart
- Academic Mentor Invoice
- Review the 2013 Academic Mentoring Workshop Presentation (see program revisions)
- Self-Authoring and Goal-Setting: a theoretical basis for Academic Mentoring's sequence (Journal of Applied Psychology)
- Perceived Academic Control in college art/design student success (Studies in Art Education)
- National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) (numerous articles)
- The Value of Faculty Led Academic Mentoring (Marymount College).