Dr. Catherine Burr

Director Academic Affairs, University of Phoenix, Charlotte, NC Campus.

Mentoring impacts academics, businesses and supports communities. Effective leadership makes a difference in improving learning. There is nothing new or controversial about this idea.

As a researcher, several scenarios and countless research confirmed that charting a clear course that everyone understands, establishing high expectations, using data to track progress and aligning performance, all directly impact and support student success. One topic connects how mentoring influences learning and success toward leadership positions. In over 30 years of pharmaceutical and healthcare experiences, it is known that “effective” or “successful” mentorship positively impacts leadership and is critical to any educational reform.

Our society is plagued with literature, data, case studies, and analysis in helping students develop a pathway to the desired end goal. Mentoring performed at every level can stimulate people to think differently about their academic work directed toward organizational work. Classrooms to Careers.

Networking= exposure to professionals in the industry; access to organizational & industry information. Mentoring provides a safe, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and creative arena to share goals and ideas. Participants can imagine their greatness by developing a turnaround mindset. Seeing more in themselves, than they currently see.

There are three sets of practices make up the basic core of successful mentorship and leadership practices.

  1. Setting directions – leader’s impact. Developing shared understanding about the educational institution and business at large in creating a sense of purpose and vision:

– People are motivated by goals they find personally compelling, as well as challenging but achievable.

– This helps makes sense of work [Helps to find their personal sense of identity within their work context and also helps students methods of success early on in their academic journey]

  1. Developing people
  • Offering intellectual stimulation, providing individualized support and providing appropriate models of best practice and beliefs considered fundamental to the institution or organization.
  1. Redesign of classroom to careers
  • Student learning depends on the motivations and capacities of its faculty and administrative leadership in creating a learning environment that moves from classroom to careers. There is still much more to learn about the essentials of quality leadership, how to harness its benefits, and how to ensure that we don’t continue to throw good leaders into bad systems that will grind down even the best of our employees.