DUS launches new look for online academic advising journal

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at Penn State introduced a new design for The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal at http://dus.psu.edu/mentor last week, unveiling a fresh, contemporary look, user-friendly navigation system, a comment feature at the end of every article, and new “Graduate Corner” section designed to showcase the work of up-and-coming advising professionals.

Readers can now subscribe to The Mentor via RSS feed and have the latest articles and discussion topics delivered directly to their news feed reader of choice. If subscribers prefer to receive email updates, that choice is available, too, also clicking on the "RSS feeds" link at the top of the page.

While the site has seen many enhancements, The Mentor is preserving important traditional features, too. For example, the journal still will publish manuscripts on a rolling basis rather than in distinct issues, and authors will continue to reflect a range of experience as well as different approaches to the study and practice of advising. The “Advising Forum” also will continue to ask readers for opinions about topics and issues that academic advisers tend to face in higher education.

The value of the journal in its first 12 years has been rooted in its readership.

“Mentor readers have long contributed articles and ideas that stimulate conversations in advising centers across the nation,” said Eric White, executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, “and this enriches and informs the practice of academic advising in higher education.”

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is a unit within Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education. In addition to publishing The Mentor, the division's mission includes student enrollment; the First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program; the University-wide academic information network; and general academic advising for current and prospective students. For more information about DUS, contact Deborah Oakes, communications coordinator, at dlo5@psu.edu or 814-865-7576, or visit http://dus.psu.edu.


Last Updated October 06, 2011