ACADEMICMENTORINGAND THE FUTURE OF TERTIARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

  • Andrew ISIBOR Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Afiniki (Mrs.) AKUSO Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Susan Elameyi (Mrs.) UNOBE Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Keywords: Academic mentoring, Undergraduate students, Tertiary education, Nigerian universities

Abstract

Tertiary education is a major outlet for the provision of high manpower for national
development. This paper therefore highlighted the challenges of tertiary education in
Nigeria, early perspectives of mentoring undergraduates, the rationale for academic mentoring,
the role of a mentor, and the role of library as catalyst in the mentoring process. The study
adopted the systematic review design to ascertain the fundamental challenge hindering the
effective development of academic mentoring and to locate, select and analyze relevant
literatures. It highlighted the critical role of libraries in ensuring the success of formal
mentoring. The study concluded that factors capable of distracting students are prevalent and
persistent in nature an if left unchecked, they are capable of disarming even the most
academically endowed student from excelling. It was therefore recommended that, faculty
members should acquire more knowledge of the inherent challenges of undergraduate
education and how these challenges affect academic development. Lecturers should also serve
as role models/mentors to students in order to provide proper guidance. The management of
tertiary institutions should integrate mentoring as part of the university culture.

Published
2018-08-22