Inside Higher Ed
October 24th, 2014
I argued that human beings are central to education. This seems obvious
to me and is additionally well-supported by research showing that the
most important thing that can happen for a student is to work with a
faculty mentor who takes an interest in their development.
But the research also shows we aren’t necessarily all that good at
it. The Gallup-Purdue survey of life after college shows that when asked
whether or not students “had a mentor who encouraged me to pursue my
goals and dreams,” only 22% “strongly agree.”
Only 14% of students report “strong” agreement with all three of the questions used to measure faculty support.