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Student Support

How the College of Education Supports Students

Faculty Mentorship

The College of Education recently developed a faculty mentorship program to help students who may not necessarily be considered “at risk” academically, but who may need guidance and support in understanding how their choice of major can be used in real world work experience.  These students are able to meet with a faculty member in their chosen field who is able to guide them through internship processes, research opportunities, and offer solid career advice.

Students are targeted to apply to the program each semester based on certain criteria and some students are also nominated by their academic advisor to participate in the program.  Once students are accepted, they are then matched to a faculty mentor in their chosen major and meet with their mentor several times over the course of the term.

Students who are readmitted to the College of Education from academic suspension are automatically assigned a faculty mentor as part of their growth plan.

Peer Mentorship

Students who are placed on academic warning or probation are provided with a peer mentor.  Students are purposefully matched to a peer mentor in their same major to maximize support.  As part of the academic warning / probation growth plan, students are required to meet with their peer mentor several times during the course of the semester.

The college has face to face peer mentors as well as email mentors.  Resident peer mentors have office hours inside the COE Undergraduate Studies suite, FH 160, and are available to meet with students during the published hours on a walk-in basis.  Because the hours change from semester to semester, the peer mentor office hours are publicized in the COE weekly newsletter.  Email mentors contact assigned students via email as added support.

Students Talk Workshop Series

Throughout the semester, the college will host workshops developed by students for students.  The idea is to let students know they are not alone.  When other students see they share a common issue, it makes it much easier to discuss and get help to overcome the problem.

All students are welcome to present a Students Talk workshop.  Please email Laura Lee for additional information regarding submitting ideas for workshops.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Students Talk workshop series.  Do you have something you want to share with other students?  Submit a topic idea to Laura Lee for consideration.  Because the workshop schedule needs to be published by mid-August, topics for consideration must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

PEEPS Pantry

PEEPS stands for Personal Early Educational Performance Support.  The College of Education truly cares about their students and wants to make sure all students have the support they need.

Food insecurity among college students is a growing, but little discussed, problem ravaging campuses across the country.  Many well know campuses such as the University of Missouri, University of California, and the University of Alabama have all opened food pantries for food insecure students.

The rising costs of college tuition, books, and low paying wages leave little for college students to afford to attend school and also feed themselves.

The College of Education recognizes that students who are food insecure are not able to concentrate and retain information as well as they should.  This is where PEEPS Pantry hopes to make a difference. 

PEEPS Pantry is a food pantry open to all College of Education students (and families) who need a little help.  Perhaps you skip meals to stretch your budget, or maybe you don’t eat for an entire day.  Some of you have families who may be going through a rough time.  We recognize that everyone needs a little help from time to time and this is just one more way your college shows how much they care about you.

Currently the food pantry is small, but we hope to grow as demand increases.  The purpose of the food pantry is to provide supplemental food and necessities to students who need this type of assistance.

To be eligible for our services you should be a current College of Education student and complete a short form when you arrive.  The form is used to help determine current and long-term need, items that are in demand, as well as safety.  Your information is kept confidential.

PEEPS Pantry is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm in Farish Hall, room 160 (Undergraduate Studies Suite).  You may stop by during those hours and inform the front desk you would like to access PEEPS Pantry and you will be connected to the person in charge of the pantry for the day.  You may also make an appointment with Laura Lee (713-743-5043) if you prefer additional discretion.  Above all we want you to feel comfortable in coming to us for assistance.  We have seen a need for a food pantry and your education is important to us.  The less you have to worry about, the better you can study!

We are currently stocking non-perishable items as well as a few personal hygiene items.  We welcome suggestions for items you would like to see included in the pantry.

Please only take the kinds of food you will actually use, so that we have plenty for everyone.  Also understand that we are just starting out and will do our best to keep supplies according to demand, but there may be times when our pantry runs low on some items.  Once we have been operational for a while we will be able to better gauge how often we need to restock.

The First Year Experience

The transition from high school to university can be difficult.  Many times students are moving away from home for the first time, whether it is only across town to the residence hall or from another state.  Even the highest performing high school student can have trouble their first semester.  High school is much more structured and students follow a set schedule.  In college, students are left to make decisions for themselves.  High school students usually have many opportunities to make good grades-homework, quizzes, projects, extra credit.  Usually there are only three tests in one semester and, whereas high school students have an entire year to learn material, courses in college are taught that same material in half that amount of time.  Much of high school testing involves memorization and being able to recall it on a test.  Students at the university level are expected to be able to apply what is learned to various scenarios.

Many high school students balk at the thought of going to tutoring!  Please understand the tutoring resources are available to help students succeed and, for the most part, are included in your tuition and fees! Use these resources…successful people know to ask for help!

When a student does not know where to turn for help many times they just give up.  Please let our office know if you have any questions about anything…residence halls, dining, financial aid, health concerns, homesickness, etc.  We have contacts throughout the university and will be happy to connect you to the correct person who will be able to help you!

Transfer Students

Transfer students are often overlooked as people who may need assistance.  However, the transition from a community college or other university can be just as overwhelming as entering college for the first time.  Class sizes may be much larger than what students are accustomed to, finding new friends can be intimidating, and exams may be more difficult than those at a community college.  There are numerous challenges to adjusting to a new school.  If you are a transfer student and need help or have questions, please contact our office and let us help.  We are here to support all students!

First Generation Students

The thought of navigating college for first generation students can be overwhelming.  No one in your family is able to guide you through the processes.  You may feel lost and very alone.  However, you are about to embark on a wonderful adventure and we want to make sure your journey is a good one.  The College of Education understands and is here to help you.  We have a lot of first generation students so, even though it may feel like it at the time, you are not the only one who has ever experienced those feelings of thinking you don’t belong, you don’t fit in, and why can’t you just get it together?!  If you have questions or don’t know where to turn, come to the Undergraduate Studies office and let us know.  You do not have to go it alone!

Students with disABILITIES

If you are a student who needs accommodations and has documentation for a verifiable condition or medical issue, please visit the Center for Students with disABILITIES.  The CSD office has information regarding what kind of accommodations and services they offer, as well as the documentation needed, on their website.  If you need assistance from the College of Education locating the Center for Students with disABILITIES, please let us know and we will be happy to walk with you to the location to make sure you get to the correct place. 

Keep in mind the Center for Students with disABILITIES can assist with temporary accommodations and impairments as well (examples include broken limbs, surgery recovery, rehabilitation recovery time, etc.)!  If you are unsure if your condition qualifies, please contact the center directly.