High School Early College Programs

Faculty Mentor Guidelines for Dual Credit (DC)

Why Mentors?

Faculty members who agree to take on the role of Faculty Mentor are vital to the success of any DC program. Mentors help ensure comparable rigor and quality to courses taught. A Mentor has a unique opportunity to assist Instructors who are teaching the same course(s). The Mentor will keep them updated with trends and new information in the curriculum, as well as share effective teaching styles, techniques and resources. The Faculty Mentor Guidelines included in this packet further outline the role and responsibilities. For their service faculty Mentors are paid a stipend of $150 per instructor per school year plus travel per-diem of site visits.

The Mentor's Role:

Each Dual Credit Instructor is assigned a CEI Faculty Mentor who teaches the same course(s) for CEI. The Mentor's role includes:

  • Serve as a content resource to help protect consistent rigor and outcomes between the DC course and the same course delivered to “traditional” students. The Faculty Mentor will participate in the following to promote collegial interaction:
    • Meet at least once with the first time DC Instructor (of the high school students) prior to the beginning of the course(s) to share information on course content through the use of the same:
      • Textbook
      • Equipment
      • Materials and supplies
      • Outcomes
      • Quality standards and syllabus
  • Participate in site visits to the DC Instructor's classroom at least once during the class term for the purpose of providing collegial interaction.
  • Attend professional development networking events designed to provide opportunities for networking and sharing of information between Instructors and Mentors. (In services and trainings at CEI)
  • In addition to the pre-class visit, site visit and January in service, communicate (face-to-face, email or phone) at least one additional time during June at the end of the school year.
  • CTE Dual Credit Mentors will also be asked to attend one Advisory Committee meeting with the mentor either at CEI or at the high school meeting location.
  • Providing documentation of site visits and additional communication on the appropriate forms provided in the Faculty Mentor Handbook:
    • Faculty Mentor Orientation Checklist for New DC Instructors OR
    • Faculty Mentor Checklist for Returning DC Instructors
    • Dual Credit Partner Site Visit Report
    • Site Visit Checklist and Confirmation Form
  • Communicating course changes/issues to the appropriate Chair or designee, the Dual Credit Coordinator and the Instructor.

Benefits of the Faculty Mentor Role

Benefits of serving as a Faculty Mentor include:

  • An opportunity to share one's knowledge and expertise
  • An opportunity for self-renewal
  • An opportunity to serve the institution
  • An opportunity to share professional experiences

Benefits to the Dual Credit Instructor

Benefits to the DC Instructor include:

  • An opportunity to learn about the institution and the community
  • An opportunity to enhance one's success as a DC Instructor
  • An opportunity to lessen the stress of the job through collegial support
  • An opportunity to build new professional relationships

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