Discussion-Based CoursesAvasara courses break from the traditional model based on lectures to an interactive model based on thinking, writing, discussing, and problem-solving. The faculty acts as both guide and facilitator as they interact with students through course activities, discussions, and one-on-one office hours. Students learn cooperatively through personalized interaction, team discussions and peer work. Cooperation and interaction occur within the framework of a highly structured pedagogical plan.
Academic AdvisingEach student has a faculty advisor. Together, student and advisor develop a balanced academic program, making full use of the resources available. An advisor can help a student find academic and personal resources and can help her select and pursue various optional programs. Advisors also counsel students about preparation for university and careers.
Guest SpeakersOne of the most crucial things we can do is give our students exposure to a wide range of individuals pursuing various paths. Avasara guest speakers are leaders and entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. They come from the public, private and social sectors. Our speaker series demystifies the process of leadership and execution for students. Students identify and debate the traits that make each leader effective, and discover role models as they begin their own journey.
MentorsEach Avasara student will be matched to a mentor – a mid-career professional who shares Avasara’s values and is a leader in his/her space. Mentors will be carefully screened and matched to students according to shared interests, backgrounds or goals. Mentors will take a genuine interest in the holistic development of the student, providing guidance and practical experience. Many mentorship relationships will blossom into friendships that last long after the student has left the campus.