Planning for Higher Education Journal

Faculty Mentoring: What the Boyer Commission Forgot

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From Volume 33 Number 2 | December–February 2004
By Mara H. Wasburn
Planning Types: Academic Planning

In 1998, a Carnegie Foundation Commission Report criticized America’s 123 research universities for failing our educational system by ignoring undergraduate education. Notably absent from the Commission's list of recommendations was mentoring research university faculty as a strategy to improve their teaching. This article discusses strategic collaboration, a mentoring model that can contribute significantly to achieving this objective. Such a network can also create an environment conducive to interdisciplinary research that, because of its increased value and rewards at such universities, can provide an added incentive for faculty participation.

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