Welcome to the St. Philip’s College Faculty-Student Mentor Program
The Faculty-Student Mentor Program is here to support students throughout their time in our programs and until they complete their goals with us and either transfer to a university or enter employment. Students receive encouragement, support, and guidance toward goal completion from a faculty member in a discipline similar to the student’s program goal.
This program formalizes the important interactions between faculty and students to be used in conjunction with a professional advisor with the intention of promoting student retention and completion.
Faculty-Student Mentor Resources
With the intention of facilitating the Faculty-Student Mentor process, valuable information to better assist the Faculty Mentor and their students is located here. A variety of resources have been compiled and provided. Those resources include information about what the Mentor should expect, a contact list of other mentors, the current agreement plans established by some of the disciplines, helpful tutorial videos as well as forms and document templates to use.
What to Expect as A Faculty Student Mentor
Choosing to be a Faculty Student Mentor requires a few manageable things from the mentor. Some of those things are listed below. In addition many informational sessions, trainings and special events are scheduled to help build the mentor’s knowledge and to collaborate with one other mentors. Check out our college calendar for upcoming events.
Expectation of faculty with student:
- Faculty assigned up to 20 students (at 1 hour estimate on emails and 30 minute session anticipate 30 hours over term) [Faculty may volunteer for more than 20 students.]
- Introduction by email and phone call within 2 weeks of receipt of student names inviting to meet (if no response, a follow up within a week)
- One 30 minute session during the faculty member’s office hours in the fall semester
- Create understanding that the student can reach out to the faculty member whenever they need to
- Any follow-up agreed to by faculty/student
- Email or phone call close to end of term as follow up Faculty should refer the student to the advisor or other appropriate resource for specific information or actions that they cannot perform. Resources are available on the Faculty Student Mentor Program webpages and more information will be made available to faculty/student mentors.
We have an amazing group of Faculty Student Mentor volunteers. They are committed to mentoring students. This list will be updated regularly as more faculty members volunteer to step forward to mentor our SPC students. It is because of our Faculty Mentors that our program continues to grow. Thank you for your time.
Documents to Print, Copy or Use
Here you will find sample emails, student contact fill-in forms, student questionnaires. Use these documents for your first visit with your student (email sample is optional). Other information will be provided here to make it easy for the Faculty Mentor to have the documents they need at hand to document their time with their students.
Campus Contact List
In this extensive list you will find the contact information of Deans, Chairs, Coordinators, Admins, office phone numbers and locations of the different disciplines and divisions all on one document.
Helpful Student Resources
Being able to find important information quickly is key in providing needed assistance to your students in a timely manner. Here you will find a variety of helpful academic and community resources that will help you provide the information that is relevant to helping meet your student needs.
Tutoring Services: Professional tutoring in numerous areas.
MathWorld: Math tutoring is available.
English Lab: Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Lab for 0420.
The Dr. Lanier E. Byrd Sanctuary: Provides support to SPC students to promote academic and personal growth in the Natural Sciences.
Distance Learning: Provides support services for student and faculty engaged in a variety of distance learning formats.
Library: Information regarding library databases, resources and times
Disability Services: Ensures reasonable academic support to eligible students with disabilities.
Veteran's Affairs: Assist all eligible veterans obtain financial assistance and information on Veterans Benefits.
International Student Services: Committed to helping you achieve your educational goals by providing for the special needs of international students.
Admissions: Information regarding admissions and registration.
Financial Aid: Information regarding filling out the FAFSA, The financial aid award process, refunds, dropping classes, appeals, state Aid and other programs.
Advising Institutes: See more information regarding the institutes & degree plans/ career paths offered at St. Philip’s College to determine your advising.
Transfer Services: Services for students interested in transferring to a 4-year university.
Here you will find additional community resources that provide assistance with housing, food, clothing, in addition to drug and alcohol recovery needs.
SAMM Ministries - Rental Assistance, Utilities, Long-Term Housing Assistance
Bexar County Assistance Programs - Link for all types of assistance in Bexar county
Family Assistance Centers - Utillties, Employment Support, Rent Assistance for final eviction notices
San Antonio Texas Rent Assistance Agencies - Multiple links for financial assistance for rent, food, utilities, and clothes.
Emergency Food Assistance - Food assistance for low income adults, children, seniors and pet food
Utility Bill Payment Assistance - Utility bill payment assistance
SAWS Affordability Programs - Utility assistance programs
San Antonio Housing Authority -
Applications for section 8 housing assistance
San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse -
Alcohol and drug abuse recovery and coaching assistance
Degree Plans and Certificates
This will be a very useful resource to have as students inquire about their current major or other majors they are interested in pursuing. It allows you and them to see what type of courses are involved and helps students decide if they do want to pursue that major.