How often should I meet with each Cooperative Education student?
The Career Center staff recommends that faculty meet individually with each student at least three times during the semester. The first meeting is crucial because learning objectives and academic requirements will be discussed and established on the Learning Agreement. The second meeting, scheduled for mid- semester, enables the faculty to see how well a student is progressing toward those learning objectives and allows the student to express any questions or concerns with the placement. The third meeting, scheduled for the end of the semester, provides an opportunity for reflection. Students and faculty are also encouraged to correspond with each other by E-mail or telephone throughout the semester.
How do I determine learning objectives?
Each set of learning objectives will be unique for each student depending on the student’s major, internship/co-op and the student’s role within the company. The main objective of the program is to promote the application of classroom learning as well as the retention and application of new hands-on learning.
Should I make site visits?
Yes. The faculty advisor is strongly encouraged to make site visits whenever possible. The Career Center staff will be available to join the faculty on site visits as requested. However, if time constraints exist, the faculty can call or e-mail site supervisors as a secondary method of “visiting” a site. The site visit is another opportunity for faculty to ascertain a student’s job performance. Should a faculty advisor learn of a problem with a placement, the Career Center staff must be contacted immediately.
How should I formulate a grade?
The co-op faculty advisor assigns a grade, which is often a composite grade combining employer evaluations, assessment of academic assignments and progress toward co-established learning objectives. See Grading and Evaluation.
Will I receive additional financial compensation for participating as a co-op faculty advisor?
Yes. Pay schedules are determined by the Office of Academic Affairs.
Can a faculty member act as both the advisor AND employer for a co-op student?
No. Faculty members hiring co-op students for specific projects, research, field study, etc., and sign off as the EMPLOYER cannot also sign off as the CO-OP FACULTY ADVISOR due to inherent conflict of interest. In short, a faculty member cannot act as both the employer AND co-op faculty advisor for a student working at an approved co-op