SLS1126 The Mentoring ExperienceCredits: 1

Corequisite: SLS 1101. Mentoring refers to a formalized process whereby a student is positively socialized by his or her mentor(s) into the college experience and the college community. The student will participate in mentoring relationships that will include one or more members of the SPC community. The mentor will assist the student in developing a skillset, a level of awareness, and a network to increase the likelihood of success in college. Students will complete no less than 17 contact hours.

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Name: Betty J. Gaston, Baccalaureate Program Librarian

Contact Information: , 727 341-7179

Office Hours: 8:00A.M. – 4:30P.M.

Office Location: LI 207

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Dean of Social Sciences: Dr. Joseph Smiley, Tarpon Springs Campus,PS 105, Phone: 727-712-5851

Academic Department Chair: Dr. Roberto Loureiro

Office Phone Number: 727 341-3556

Office Location: SP/Gibbs, SA 205

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Drop/Add: 1/16/2015 (Regular, online and 1st 8-weeks)

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Course Dates: 1/12 - 5/7/2015

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“Active Participation” is attending at least two meetings or some type communication prior the 60 % point.
Mentor Meeting Availability: See “Office Hours” above.


This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.


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The Mentoring Process

1. What is SLS mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship in which a faculty or staff member provides guidance to an SPC student who is working towards successful graduation. The mentoring relationship develops as a student requests advice and guidance from a volunteer faculty or staff member who offers ideas about and possible solutions to academic questions and concerns. The mentoring relationship is formed outside of regular course structure but is within the confines of all institutional policies and codes of conduct.

2. What is a mentee?

A mentee is a student who is required to enroll is SLS 1126 and be assigned to the SPC faculty or staff member serving as the instructor for the course. He/she will ask for guidance when academic questions or other challenges arise that could be a barrier to college success.

3. What is a mentor?

A mentor is a faculty or staff member who provides students with support, counsel, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care and want to help students succeed.

4. What does a mentor do?

The mentor will set up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee. He/she will have required meetings with the mentee, and may also communicate by e-mail, ANGEL, phone, or other agreed-upon technology. Discussion topics will include items related to academic success and career goals. The mentor will serve as a resource to assist a student with navigating the SPC academic environment and the range of campus services designed to support student success.

5. How much time does mentoring require?

The mentor and mentee commitment is three meetings per semester. The mentor and student work together to set a regular meeting schedule for the duration of the academic semester.

Course Requirements

The student will be graded on a pass/fail basis. To pass SLS1126, the student must complete all assignments. The faculty mentor will confirm the completion of assignments.

Active Participation

Active participation is defined as attendance of at least two meetings with your academic mentor. If two meetings have not been completed at the 60% point in the semester, students must contact their academic mentor to establish a plan for completion of the remaining requirements of the course. If students have not completed at least two mentoring meetings, and if students have not contacted the academic mentor to establish a plan for completion of the remaining requirements of the course, then students will be reported as not actively participating in the course, which may result in a grade of WF.

Dropping the Course

Withdrawing after the 60% deadline in a course can have serious consequences. If you withdraw from a course after the deadline posted in the academic calendar, you will receive a final grade of “WF,” which has the same impact on your GPA as a final grade of “F.” A grade of “WF” may impact your financial aid and cause you to have to repay some of your assistance. If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course, please consult your academic advisor and/or your financial aid counselor first to be sure you understand all the possible outcomes of your decision. Any student that has decided to withdrawal needs to do so in the MySPC registration area found at as well as contact the instructor. If this is your third time taking the course, you cannot withdraw from the course without receiving a grade of “WF.”