Adviser & Adviser Assistants System
After enrollment, an Advisor (i.e. one-on-one tutor) will be assigned to each student and will actively support the student’s campus life. This Advisor will not only provide thorough educational tutoring on course registrations and study plans based on each student’s interest and wishes but also gives empathetic advice on personal issues. For example, if a student’s performance-related problems are pointed out, the Advisor will consult with the Dean and arrange personal coaching or counseling.
Advisor Assistant (AA) System
In the Advisor Assistant (AA) System senior students offer support to newly enrolled students to help them make a smooth transition to campus life. The students who are AA’s primarily take part in a pre-enrollment gathering, freshmen orientation, and the Aoshima retreat. They make a point of actively talking to freshmen, and if they are concerned about any freshmen, they will consult with the Student Affairs office or the Advisor (one-on-one tutor) in order to help students’ deal with difficult issues as soon as possible.
Other Support Systems for Students
Students receive support each semester appropriate to their academic performance. Instructors send midterm reports on all freshmen and any other students who may be in danger of failing a course to the Office of Academic Affairs, the Dean, and students’. Advisors will seek to find solutions with instructors and provide such students with a range of coaching and support in their studies. If there is a possibility that students may fail several courses, MIC sends written correspondence to such student and their guardians and schedules interviews with the Dean. At MIC, we provide comprehensive coaching and support to each of our students until graduation.
A system for students to evaluate their instructors and the contents of their courses has been part of MIC’s educational program since the college’s founding. At the end of each semester, students anonymously evaluate their instructors and courses by completing an online survey. The criteria consist of nine items and a comments section, including questions such as “Did the instructor listen to you and encourage you to state your opinion?”, “Did the instructor explicitly answer your questions about the curriculum?”, and “Did the instructor treat you fairly?” Students provide their answers based on a scale of one to five. After a student’s grade for the course is finalized, each instructor receives the evaluations for his or her classes, and the Dean also reviews the evaluations to give instructors constructive feedback and to improve courses.
Extracurricular Courses and Guidance to Meet Various Student Needs
The School of International Liberal Arts offers exam-preparation courses for the TOEIC English test as well as guidance and preparatory workshops for students who would like to go to graduate school. Students can take advantage of these opportunities and the supportive educational environment that MIC instructors provide to achieve their educational objectives.
MIC students and their families have access to the free Health Hotline 24 hours a day (the service is outsourced to T-PEC Corporation). If they have health concerns or problems, they can directly consult with doctors or expert staff by using this service. Their privacy is strictly protected, and the contents of the consultation will never be revealed to the school or third parties. MIC also conducts a routine health check in April every year to ensure students’ health.
Some students encounter problems as they are getting used to campus life. In order to help them in these situations, MIC has certified clinical psychologists (school counselors) who provide professional counseling services. All the freshmen have individual interviews with the counselors from Throughout the year. The school counselors consider how to help students solve difficult issues, and the best counseling methods to meet students’ needs. This support system helps students feel more at ease, overcome difficult personal issues, and better focus on their studies.