How ESC Works: A Student Perspective

by Suzanne Lazar ‘16, graduate student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

The Turben Chair in Mentoring is awarded each year to an Empire State College faculty member who demonstrates the capacity to advance scholarship and best practice in mentoring. The Turben Chair was created to promote excellence in mentoring as the primary relationship between the college’s adult students and faculty working together in person and online. Appointment as Turben Chair is accompanied by a .50 reduction in teaching load, a stipend and funds for research and dissemination of the outcomes of the project. 

The chair is named in honor of Dr. Susan H. Turben, the second graduate of the college and an internationally recognized expert on family and child development, who has been a long-time supporter of the mentoring model and professional development for the college’s faculty mentors.

Dee Britton, associate professor and mentor at SUNY Empire State College and Turben Chair for Mentoring 2016-17, is exploring how SUNY Empire students define success and identify the policies, procedures and practices that support them during their studies.  Britton is currently doing this by gathering data for the research project “How ESC works: A Student Perspective.”

In the next several weeks, a survey will be sent to current students and alumni who have graduated during the past 20 years.  Britton is also conducting focus groups and one-on-one interviews.  Focus groups will be held in different SUNY Empire locations and students will be notified when they will take place.

Students and alumni interested in participating can contact

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