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MDC Coaching and Mentoring Overview
Coaching and Mentoring
Klimt, Gustav. The Tree of Life. c.1909. Oil on canvas.
The Art of Coaching and Mentoring
Coaching & mentoring is a collaborative
development process that intentionally
connects members of the College community
with students to help them clarify and realize
their educational and career goals.
Coaching and Mentoring Overview
• Some MDC academic departments have dedicated,
in-house academic advisors.
• Other departments have structured faculty
• Many faculty are involved in ongoing coaching and
mentoring of students in and outside classroom
Goal of Coaching and Mentoring effort
Institutionalize best practices and expand the number
of students participating.
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is
one day with a good teacher.” - Japanese Proverb
Coaching and Mentoring is a collaborative
teaching and learning process that:
• Aligns student’s abilities and interests with
academic and career planning
• Empowers students to be proactive partners
• Supports informed decision-making
• Builds/reinforces critical thinking skills by
o Emphasizing planning and problem-solving
o Focusing on goal-oriented solutions
o Overcoming obstacles
the best of teaching,
and career counseling.
with course and career
Adapts pedagogy and
classroom skills to one-
on-one and small group
Helps students grow and
make the most of choices
The MDC Coaching and
connects students to
resources from admission
through graduation at
three critical stages.
MDC Coaching and
3 Stages of Support
At each stage, the student has
a primary point of contact at MDC.
from one stage/advisor
to the other.
Stage 1: Admission Through Mandatory Orientation
Primary Contact: Pre-College Advisors, Recruiters and New Student
Pre-enrollment advising to get off to the
Welcome, financial aid information, themed
monthly activities, personal connections,
Piloted in Spring 2013 for First Time in
College, Direct Entry students
Stage 2: Mandatory Orientation Through 25% Benchmark
Primary Contact: Professional Student Services Advisor
Start creation of academic/career plan
aligned with student interests.
Mandatory online and campus
orientation, engagement activities, non-
cognitive and career assessments,
one-on-one advising, IEP (initially first
Version 1.0 implemented in Summer
2012 for FTIC-Direct Entry 2012-1/2;
Version 2.0 implemented in Summer
2013 for FTIC-Direct Entry 2013-1/2
Stage 3: 25% Benchmark to Graduation
Primary Contact: Academic Coach and Mentor (Faculty, Department
Advisors, Department Chairs)
Support students with more specific
academic and career advice linked to program
Complete IEP, academic progress reviews,
service learning and internship opportunities,
transfer and career planning, mentorship.
Implemented late Spring 2013 for FTIC-Direct
Entry students who enrolled in 2012-1/2.
Balancing Long Term and Short Term Goals
Over time, a comprehensive and
sustainable process for all
• Students choose academic pathway
and develop full IEP within first year.
• Coaches and mentors focus on
broader academic and career
Long Term and
Short Term Goals
Long Term Goals
• Establish primary contact
• Set expectations and goals
• Begin to develop relationship based
on principles of success
• Establish expectations of further
Short Term Needs
• Complete IEP
• Find solutions to IEP problems
• Stimulate on-time registration for
Coaching and Mentoring: Best Practices
• Establish expectations
– Ongoing communication and interaction
– Individual roles and responsibilities
• Understand the uniqueness of every student
• Identify student strengths and weaknesses and assess
how to build on/complement them
• Discern what the student is saying and not saying
• Suggest new/additional options or solutions
• Work together to achieve common goals
• Help others help themselves
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