MILE: Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship in which a faculty, staff, student leaders and community members provide guidance to an Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley student who is working toward successful graduation. The mentoring relationship develops as a mentor provides information to assist students in identifying campus resources, encouraging independence and referrals to appropriate campus departments. The mentoring relationship is formed outside of regular classroom activity and within the confines of all institutional policies, rules, codes of conduct and regulations.
- What is a Mentee?
A mentee is a student who volunteers to be assigned to an Ivy Tech Community College mentor. S/he will ask for guidance when questions arise. Mentees will typically be new to Ivy Tech and be required to enroll in IVYT 120 (New Student Seminar).
- What does a mentor do?
A mentor will set up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee. S/he will meet with their mentee face-to-face, communicate by email (text) or have phone conversations. S/he will provide guidance to their mentees questions and concerns. S/he is to be used as a resource to assist a mentee with navigating Ivy Tech Community College. S/he will serve as an introduction for their mentee to various campus services.
A mentor cannot replace a service or resources that are offered by Ivy Tech Community College. S/he is not a tutor, editor and cannot and will not negotiate mentee grades or complaints. Mentors and mentees will be advised of their individual roles during mentor/mentee orientation sessions and on the mentor/mentee website.
- How much time does Mentoring require?
The mentor and mentee commitment is one hour per week. The mentor and mentee work together at their first meeting to set a regular meeting schedule for the duration of the academic semester.
- What are the benefits of being a mentee/mentor?
Mentees have the privilege of being introduced to faculty, staff, upper level students and community members of the college with whom they might not otherwise have contact. Mentors serve as a direct link and quick reference to registration and other processes/resources of the College. Mentoring programs generally lead to improved persistence, completion and student satisfaction for mentees.