Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

The mission of the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning at Minot State University is to provide opportunities and support for students, faculty, and staff, through engaged teaching and learning, to enhance the higher education experience and increase student success.

For more information on any of these programs, visit the CETL website at, visit us at our office, or call us at 701-858-4040.

First-Year Experience (FYE)
The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is a requirement for first-year students and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours. Students will participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through participation in unique learning communities, peer mentor interactions, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community.

As part of an FYE, students work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. Students also receive the assistance of a peer mentor, an upper-class student trained to provide support and guidance to first-year students.

FYE Outcomes: 

      Outcome 1: To connect the student to their peers and faculty members.

      Outcome 2: To engage the student with the campus and larger community.

      Outcome 3: To enhance students’ sense of belonging at MSU.

      Outcome 4: To communicate and facilitate understanding of the academic expectations of the university.

      Outcome 5: To enhance students’ competency in some of the following skills and capacities:

  •               written and oral communication
  •               critical thinking
  •               critical reading
  •               collaboration
  •               information literacy
  •               quantitative literacy
  •               problem solving

Peer Mentoring Program
The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to assist in the personal, social and academic acclimation of first-year students to MSU through cultivating relationships with outstanding upperclassman mentors as part of the First-Year Experience. In addition to providing support, mentors can connect students to resources, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.
The objectives of the Peer Mentoring Program are:
      To develop and enhance a sense of student identity,
      To become effectively integrated into the school, faculty and campus as a whole,
      To articulate a sense of purpose about being at MSU and about pursuing their particular program of study,
      To acquire the necessary skills to become independent and life-long learners.

What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is an exceptional student chosen to serve as a co-instructor in a FYE class. Peer Mentors are former students of the First-Year Experience who have been recommended by faculty and selected through an application and interview process based on their academic success, involvement in campus organizations and knowledge of the Minot State campus. Peer Mentors are not simply teaching assistants; rather, they are co-instructors, taking responsibility for leading class discussions, planning activities and working one-on-one with each student.

The Peer Tutoring Program
The Peer Tutoring Program is aimed at providing students with the essential learning tools and resources integral to their academic success. Through the use of highly qualified and trained tutors, the CETL Peer Tutoring Program seeks to empower the students being served in their pursuit of becoming independent learners. All peer tutors hired by CETL have been highly successful in the courses they tutor. Currently, CETL offers Drop-in Tutoring.  Visit CETL or the website for a schedule.

The Peer Tutoring Program at Minot State University is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program (ITTPC). This allows MSU to train and certify tutors at Level I of the ITTPC program. Level I requires 25 hours of actual compensated tutoring and participation in 10 hours of training experiences.

Engagement Honor Roll
Undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 50 hours, which can be a combination of engagement activities, will be recognized on the Engagement Honor Roll. Hours will be verified by the individual supervising the engagement activities. This accolade will show on the student's transcript for the semester in which it was earned.

Academic Advising
The focus of academic advising in CETL is to provide advising services to undeclared students and students pursuing the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree. CETL’s advising program places an emphasis on serving as a student advocate, demonstrating a caring attitude, listening to the needs of advisees, assisting students with making connections to appropriate university resources, facilitating the course selection process, supporting advisees in setting short and long term goals, and guiding students in making career and academic decisions based on their personal goals. The academic advising unit also serves as a resource to advisors campus wide, providing support and guidance to faculty and staff advisors. The CETL advising program assists with academic advisement and registration at New Student Orientation sessions, creates and maintains the Academic Advisor Handbook, advising website, advising newsletters, and coordinates advisor development workshops/trainings.

Starfish Early Alert
Student success is a high priority at Minot State University. Day-to-day student performance and behavior are among the most useful indicators of issues related to student success. Starfish Early Alert is an easy-to-use student retention tool which helps students and their advisors stay informed about students’ academic progress. Starfish users include students, advisors, instructors, and student support services. At Minot State University, Starfish will promote communication between instructors, students and their advisors, giving students and advisors a “heads-up” regarding attendance, academic or general concerns. Through automated email messages, students can receive “kudos” from instructors for their outstanding classroom performance. Students and advisors may receive “flag” notifications in areas of concern. Once a flag is received, the message remains active in the system until it is removed by the advisor or support person who addresses the concern with the student, thereby closing the loop, indicating the student has been contacted about the issue.

New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is a part of New Student Programs, which assist students in their transition to Minot State University.  New Minot State University students (first-year and transfer) are required to complete a New Student Orientation.  New Student Orientation provides programming to prepare students for higher education by offering information sessions, campus tours, student group activities led by student orientation leaders, academic advising, and course registration.  An online option is available for students who will complete online-only courses or for those completing coursework at a satellite site.  New Student Orientation programs are offered throughout the calendar year.  Information regarding orientation programs are sent electronically to all students who have been admitted to Minot State University. 

Welcome Weekend
Welcome Weekend is the second part of New Student Programs at Minot State University.  New first-year and transfer students will be able to engage with the community, meet fellow students, and learn about essential student success programs.  In addition to exploring the Minot State University campus, students will participate in an off-campus volunteer activity, where student will make a difference in our regional community.  This is required for first-year students, but highly encouraged for all new Minot State students.