How often should I meet with each Cooperative Education student?
The Cooperative Education 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.
How do I determine learning objectives?
Each set of learning objectives will be unique for each student depending on the student’s major, the student’s placement 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 Cooperative Education staff will be available to join the faculty on site visits. 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 Cooperative Education staff must be contacted immediately.
How should I formulate a grade?
The Cooperative Education 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 Cooperative Education 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 Cooperative Education student?
No. Faculty members hiring Cooperative Education students for specific projects, research, field study, etc., and sign off as the EMPLOYER (Part B on the Cooperative Education Learning Agreement) cannot also sign off as the FACULTY advisor/mentor (PART C on the Cooperative Education Learning Agreement) due to inherent conflict of interest. In short, a faculty member cannot act as both the employer AND faculty advisor/mentor for a student working at an approved Cooperative Education placement.