The Faculty Student Mentor Program (FSMP) is one of several educational equity programs designed to provide students with the academic support and encouragement needed to accomplish their educational goals.The Faculty Student Mentor Program is designed to offer academic and personal support to students from traditionally low-income communities.

Faculty and Peer Mentors are key elements to goal attainment. Teams of faculty and peer mentors from the respective Colleges assist the students in integrating into campus life and assist their development as scholars in their academic major.

The teams may organize study sessions and give assistance by providing advice and referrals to advisors within the departments and other on-campus resources. The teams also plan activities supportive of the students’ interests and needs. The students are matched with Faculty and Peer Mentors by academic major.

The program structure of the FSMP varies in each College. However, all components seek to strengthen and sustain students in their educational and career goals and to help make college an exciting, fulfilling and successful experience.

  • Have the opportunity to meet new and continuing students with similar academic, cultural, and social interests.
  • Have the opportunity to have a collaborative relationship with a Faculty Mentor within the discipline of choice.
  • Gain support for academic pursuits and personal development.
  • Be able to get assistance to improve academic skills such as writing, note-taking, time management, and stress management skills.
  • Become aware of campus student organizations and clubs, activities and services.
  • Receive assistance with course selections, majors and referrals to major advisors.
  • Receive assistance with test preparation (TEAS, CBEST, CSET, WPJ).
  • Opportunity to enroll in a mentoring class in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (ID 96, Soc Connect 196A & 196B; Odyssey/Government ID 198).
Program Benefits
  • To increase the retention and graduation rates of students
  • To promote excellence
  • Gain support for academic pursuits and personal development.
  • Promote students’ self-confidence
  • To advance students’ knowledge of campus resources
  • To encourage students’ development of supportive relationships with other students, faculty and staff (community building)
  • To introduce the students to an academic discipline
  • To help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful completion of their academic goals
  • To develop leadership skills to enable the students to become future peer mentors and leaders
  • To connect the students with professional and academic organizations

Program Goals