The Minority Advising Program, while open to all students, promotes the retention and advancement
of minority students. With a student population of about 6,400, approximately
34 percent are minority; 25 percent, African American. Through MAP, the
university seeks to retain and expand the cultural diversity that enriches
the campus experience for all students.
MAP serves three essential functions:
• To bridge the
gap between students, faculty, and staff.
• To provide an opportunity for students
to work with faculty, role models, and other empowering persons.
• To offer assistance with the academic,
social, cultural, and personal concerns of minority students.
One of the ways that MAP achieves its goal is through a mentoring program.
Faculty and staff members voluntarily serve as mentors, providing support,
assistance, and encouragement throughout a MAP student’s educational career
at Augusta State. Mentors assist students in their adjustment to university
life—both academically and socially.
For some students, the pursuit of higher education may present particular
challenges. MAP mentors help students obtain their goal of becoming successful
graduates of Augusta State.
At the beginning of each semester, a MAP get-together is held to promote
friendship and fellowship among minority students. Students meet the MAP
coordinator and other faculty, staff, and peer advisors who have volunteered
their time to serve as mentors. Students are given an opportunity to discuss
their concerns and to make suggestions regarding services and activities
they would like to see incorporated in MAP.
With the assistance of the university’s Counseling and Testing Center,
MAP sponsors free seminars that enable students to master the skills necessary
to succeed in college. Whether it’s learning how to study or take tests,
manage stress or relationships, the seminars provide skills that will
help in all aspects of university life.
Guest speakers and other activities help students stay motivated and focused
on their goals.
Efforts are made to enhance college activities and to encourage students
to take advantage of every opportunity available.
Augusta State provides the tools to help a student succeed, but it is
up to the student to decide to use them. The Minority Advising Program
is a wonderful tool. MAP students are expected to contribute to their
• Participating in activities that will
foster academic excellence,
• Following a plan of action outlined and
developed with a mentor, and
• Being prompt for scheduled appointments,
activities, and programs..
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November 23, 2005
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