College students who are 18 or older are responsible for disclosing their disability to each person they contact for an accommodation and to advocate for themselves. Staff and faculty cannot share information unless the student signs an Information Release Form. All student disability records are kept confidential. The College retains the right to share information in situations where there is a particular need to know.
Academic Assistance and Accommodations
New England College has always emphasized its small classes and student-centered education. Our Academic Success Services provide NEC students with comprehensive academic support that focus on individualized attention so that every student can become an independent, motivated, and successful learner.
Students wishing to improve their ability to be academically successful during their collegiate experience can receive supporting instruction through the Academic Advising Office. Advising staff can provide course requirements needed for graduation, help students track their progress, discuss academic policies, as well as connect students with appropriate campus resources. Students having academic difficulties are encouraged to meet with the advising staff to develop a plan to achieve academic success.
In addition, all first-year students will work with their faculty advisor and student success coach in creating a first year, student success plan. This plan will assist students to understand their choice to pursue an education at NEC, enhance educational experiences, and the tools students can use to be successful. It will also assist students to recognize their strengths and discover areas that can be improved, and set up specific academic achievements in coursework at NEC.
Online and Graduate-level students can receive supporting instruction through the Academic Advising Office. Advising staff can assist with registration, provide information about course requirements needed for graduation, help students track their progress, discuss academic policies and deadlines, as well as connect students with appropriate resources.
Contact Information for Residential Undergraduate Students
Henniker location: Simon Center, 1st floor
Manchester location: French Hall, 2nd floor
Contact Information for Graduate Residential, Graduate Online, and Executive Students
Contact Information for Online Undergraduate Students
What is the add/drop period?
The Add/Drop period is a time period at the start of the semester during which students can adjust their class schedule. For 14-week terms, the add/drop period is during the first 5 days of the semester. For 7-week terms, the add/drop period is during the first 3 days of the semester. If you need support with adding and dropping classes, contact Academic Advising!
What does it mean to withdraw from a course?
If it is past the Add/Drop period and you want to drop a course, you can submit a petition to late drop, however if the petition is not approved, you will need to withdraw from the course. Withdrawal results in a grade of WD that appears on your transcript. The WD grade does not count toward your GPA. You may re-take the course in a future semester.
- For Undergraduate Residential withdrawal policies click here
- For Graduate withdrawal policies click here
- For Online Undergraduate withdrawal policies click here
What is the difference between my faculty advisor and my academic advisor?
A faculty advisor and academic advisor can both support with selecting classes for upcoming semesters and tracking progress to graduation. Faculty advisors have expertise within the program that they instruct and are a good resource to discuss career and graduate program pathways and answer specific questions about program requirements. Academic advisor can assist with course registration and adding/dropping classes.
How do I change my major?
Students can change their major using the Major/Minor change form on the Registrars website. Students should contact their academic advisor and/or faculty advisor before submitting a major change form.
Mentors promote a proactive, collaborative approach to student success. They are the central facilitator for student issues and communicate with faculty and families. Mentors support students directly and connect students to existing resources within the College to encourage optimal academic and personal achievement.
Students meet one-on-one with Mentors multiple times each week, developing strong relationships and a safe place to bring concerns. Mentors provide hands-on support for students in the areas of
- Time management
- Prioritization and goal setting
- Study skills
- Transition issues
- Independent learners and advocates
Students enrolled in the Mentoring Program have a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Many students have learning styles that respond well to the structure and support Mentors can provide. Others thrive with the personal attention, utilizing the resource to gain confidence and independence in a new environment. Many find the connection with a Mentor valuable when juggling social/athletic involvement with academic expectations, especially during their first year of college.
Enrollment in the program is voluntary and requires an additional fee. Complete the Mentoring Enrollment Form to get started.
Erin Brooks, Director of Mentoring
Mentors and Services
Who are the Mentors?
Mentoring is staffed with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. All Mentors have or are working to complete advanced degrees focused on understanding college-aged students.
Though Mentors are not clinicians, they work collaboratively with professional staff from the Wellness Center and the Office of Student Access and Accommodations, actively referring students to both resources. Students must give permission for Mentors to communicate and collaborate with these offices.
How are Students and Mentors matched?
It is important that students and Mentors develop a positive rapport. We have a staff with diverse backgrounds and interests to promote engagement with a variety of students. In addition to an informal interview process, students and parents fill out an assessment of student strengths and challenges. This information is used to create the best match between a student and Mentor.
How do Mentors support students?
Mentors work to develop strong, positive relationships with students in order to understand, and help students understand, the strategies to help them learn best. Mentors focus on time management, organization, and study skill strategies, as well as enhancing self-advocacy skills and other issues associated with the transition to college. Finally, Mentors understand the resources, both personal and academic, at NEC. They encourage the use of tutoring and receive tutoring reports to ensure support is seamless between Mentoring and Tutoring.
Students have schedule appointments with their Mentor each week. Additionally, Mentors outreach to parents, faculty, and staff, dedicating up to three hours per week to each student.
What happens during Mentoring appointments?
During each appointment, time is dedicated to reviewing each course and assignments, developing short- and long-term plans. Students are encouraged to begin their coursework to meetings to take full advantage of the support and guidance of the Mentor. Additionally, appointments are structured as “check-ins” for all areas of life at NEC. These areas include awareness of important dates and deadlines. Time is also dedicated to problem-solving general issues including adjustment to living on campus, community involvement, social engagement, personal health and wellness, and additional academic support as needed.
What are the expectations of students enrolled in Mentoring?
In order for Mentoring to be successful, students must be active and engaged participants. Students need to attend meetings, communicate honestly with Mentors, and take action to problem-solve issues that may affect academic success. Students also need to be prepared to work on class assignments and apply strategies during and between appointments.
Communication with Parents and Faculty
Do Mentors communicate with parents?
When students enroll in Mentoring, they give permission for Mentors to share academic information with parents. Academic information includes attendance information (when available), Mentoring meeting attendance, faculty feedback, course assignment information, and grades/indicators provided during the term.
Mentors encourage students to share their accomplishments and challenges directly with their parents. Mentor communication is intended to follow these conversations and is typically done through e-mail.
Do Mentors communicate with faculty?
Faculty members receive comprehensive lists of students enrolled in Mentoring twice during the term as well as individual outreach from Mentors. Faculty are also contacted when there are indicators a student is at risk. While faculty are not required to respond to inquiries from Mentoring, the program has positive, collaborative relationships with faculty and generally receives timely feedback.
On the occasions Mentors are not able to obtain information from a faculty member, information reported by students, graded assignments, NEWs and mid-semester grades, and a review of Blackboard (if available) are used to determine a student’s progress.
When do parents hear from Mentors?
In addition to the beginning and end of term, communication is focused around the time students receive academic indicators from the college (during weeks six and nine). Additional communications would be individualized based on the needs of the student during the term.
What happens if there are concerns about a student during the term?
Mentors notify parents if students have not attended Mentoring appointments or responded to outreach for a week. In collaboration with parents and the Director of Mentoring, an outreach and communication plan will be developed and implemented.
Cost and Enrollment
What is the cost of Mentoring?
The fee for the 2021–2022 academic year is $4,600. While most students enroll for a year, students can also enroll by semester for $2,500. Once enrolled, the fee is included in the term bill and can be covered by financial aid or included in the tuition payment plan. For more information on payment options, please contact Student Financial Services at 603.428.2226.
How Do I Enroll?
All students who enroll in Mentoring must meet the standard admissions criteria at NEC. Students and parents must sign and submit the enrollment form. Forms can be faxed to 603.428.2234 or scanned and emailed to email@example.com. An interview may be required as part of the enrollment process. Document of a learning disability is NOT required for enrollment in the program.
Space in Mentoring is limited. Once the program has filled, students will be placed on a waiting list and notified of additional openings when they are available until the end of the add/drop period.
Peer Success Coach Program
The primary objective of the Peer Success Coach program is to provide peer-supported guidance for undergraduate students throughout their entire NEC experience. This program places emphasis on helping students identify obstacles to academic performance and assisting them in creating solutions for overcoming those challenges. Some areas PSC’s can assist are:
- Academic motivation
- Encouraging overall student success by providing outreach, and mentoring
- Goal setting
- Information on institutional resources
- Stress management
- Study skills
- Time management
Our Peer Success Coaches also reach out to every incoming Freshmen student to work with them on transitioning to college, answering questions about college life, and providing success tips on academics, student involvement, and cultivating belonging on campus.
Please stop into the SHIP to meet with a Peer Success Coach Today!
NEC provides academic tutoring services, free of charge, to all its students.
We believe students experience higher levels of academic success when they take charge of their own learning. Therefore, our primary objective is to facilitate academic success while encouraging students to become independent learners.
The Tutoring Center is staffed by professional and peer tutors who work with students on a variety of academic skills and who work closely with faculty and staff to encourage students to excel in their academic goals.
Contact the Tutoring Center:
Megan Beeso, Director of Tutoring
Professional tutors employ a variety of academic strategies to address the individual needs of students in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Scheduled, and drop-in, tutoring is provided by the professional tutors in:
- Writing development
- Critical reading skills
- Time management
- Study techniques
- Test-taking strategies
- Goal-setting processes
Select subject tutoring in a number of academic disciplines, including mathematics and the sciences.
Peer tutors offer a wide variety of content-specific tutoring to supplement the professional tutoring services. Peer tutors have taken and excelled in the courses for which they tutor and have been recommended by their instructors.
If you think that you might be interested in becoming a peer tutor or if you are a faculty member and would like to recommend a student for peer tutoring, you can download and fill out the Peer Tutor Application or the Peer Tutor Recommendation Form or contact Megan Beeso for more information.
The Tutoring Center works collaboratively with the Office of Student Access and Accommodations to facilitate testing for students that are eligible for accommodations.
Collaboration with Faculty
Tutors work closely with faculty to facilitate student success. In addition to communicating with faculty about appointments conducted with students, some additional ways that tutoring can support faculty include:
- Class visits to quickly introduce ourselves and our services
- Skill-specific workshops meant to take up a part of or the entire class period
- Overseeing or facilitating a study group
- Classroom embedding
For additional information on any of these services, please contact Megan Beeso.
Megan: Director of Tutoring
Cassey: Specializes in writing across the curriculum, composition, research, time management, active reading and study skills
Nicole: Specializes in biology, chemistry, math, science, writing, study skills, notetaking and time management
Bill: Specializes in business, accounting, writing, notetaking, study skills, and time management
Jacquie: Specializes in the arts, learning styles, time management, study strategies, and writing across the curriculum
Paul: Specializes in time management, writing across the curriculum, note taking, active reading, and study strategies
Contact the Tutoring Center via phone or email to schedule an appointment or of it is your first time working with a tutor.
You may also email a tutor directly to request additional appointments or schedule an appointment through the Navigate app.
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