Student mentors are paid a $50 base plus $100 per credit for each course mentored.
For example, the pay would be $350 per semester for a 3-credit class.
Work/Study dollars are used for those students who qualify. Others are paid the same rate from the Virtual Campus budget. This is one of the things provided through a $20 per online credit tuition differential.
Hi, I want to say how much I have enjoyed this class, and how I want to take it over and over again! I am interested in being a student mentor. I don’t know how to be one, or even if you need one next semester. But if you do … I would be interested and honored to be a student mentor for this class. Thanks, Ann
I just want to tell you how much I loved your class!!! I was not looking forward to a lit class, but your class ended up being my favorite!!! I was just wondering if that student mentor thing is a work/study thing and if I could possibly do it next semester. I qualify for work/study, but I couldn’t do it this past semester since I don’t live in Duluth. Danielle
Priorities Survey for Online Learners – Spring 2005
Demographics question added: Have you taken an online class at LSC where there was an “Online Student Mentor”? Yes 42% No 35% Don’t Know = 23%
“ Yes” students had higher satisfaction on all 36 items surveyed. .35 4.87 5.22 So far, has your college experience met your expectations? .42 5.43 5.85 Institution responds quickly to info requests. .39 5.42 5.81 Appropriate technical assistance available. .49 5.44 5.93 Quality of online instruction is excellent. .45 5.60 6.05 All in all, if you had it to do over, would you enroll here again? .39 5.63 6.02 Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far. Diff. No Yes Item
10% due to academic reasons such as course too hard or too heavy a load.
65% due to life interruptions (includes the normal things of family or job issues, illness, etc. etc.)
Source: Ron Bleed, CIO of Maricopa CC
Example of Life Interruption 12 Weeks Invested, 12 Credits Paid For, No Credits Earned, With Little Incentive To Return 4 weeks 8 weeks Psychology Humanities Biology History 12 weeks Psychology Humanities Biology History 4 weeks 4 weeks Psychology Humanities Biology History 8 weeks
Alternate Outcome 12 Weeks Invested, 12 Credits Paid For, 9 Credits Earned, With More Incentive To Return Psychology 4 weeks Humanities 8 weeks Biology 12 weeks History - No
Many students will not or cannot adhere to our old-fashioned schedules of time and space.
We need more varied options to fit the needs of different students:
On-ground, online, and blended
Shorter course lengths
More start dates
Better chances for course completion
Noel-Levitz PSOL Priorities Survey for Online Learners
PSOL Basics There are 72 questions that comprise the PSOL. Normal completion time is 15-20 minutes. NOTE: questions are answered on a 7-point Likert scale, where 7 is high. Demographics questions (can add 1) 14 Overall satisfaction questions 3 Factors to enroll in the program 11 Information sources about school/program 7 Priorities statements (can add 10) 26
Most Satisfied 2006 2005 Survey Statement 5.97 6.02 6.07 6.41 5.93 11. Student assignments are clearly defined in the syllabus. 5.99 23. Billing/payment is convenient. 6.05 32. Logging-in for various services across the campus is easy and consistent. (added item) 6.43 18. Registration for online courses is convenient.
Least Satisfied 2006 2005 Survey Statement 5.32 5.20 5.25 5.04 5.42 08. Student-to-student collaborations are valuable to me. (NOTE: negative Gap) 5.34 30. I feel of sense of community or belonging through the LSC Virtual Campus. (NOTE: negative Gap in ‘05) 5.26 15. Channels are available for providing timely responses to student complaints. 5.16 05. My program advisor helps me work toward career goals.
2005 PSOL Demographics 18% 56% Educational goal: Associate’s degree 68% 80% Female survey respondents 78% 64% Enrollment status: Primarily online 24% 25% Current online: 10 or more credits 70% 43% Employment: full-time 33% 22% Educational goal: Bachelor’s degree 40% 70% Class level: First or second year 21% 55% 24 years old or under Nat’l LSC LSC: n=400 National: n = 16,000
LSC’s Most Significant Differences *** .001 significance ** .01 level * .05 level .14* .13* Course registration is convenient .63*** .73*** Tutoring services readily available .23** .24** Tuition paid worthwhile investment -.17* -.14 Aware of whom to contact -.15 -.18* Sufficient offerings in my program .25** .16* Student-instructor interactions .22* .33*** Online career services available 2006 2005 Survey Statement
Overall Ratings 6.40 6.18 5.48 FY05: Online A.A. 5.86 5.68 4.93 FY06: LSC Overall 6.08 5.90 5.19 FY06: 25 yrs. and older 5.91 5.84 5.05 FY05: LSC Overall Enroll Again ? Overall Satisfaction? Met Expectations? Survey Group
On the 26 national items, the LSC group was more satisfied than the peer group on 20 of the items (9 were statistically signif.)
The demographics differences appear to just about even out: more females at LSC (+), but also more younger students (-); more previous online course experience at LSC (+) but also more full-time students (-).