Author(s)

Diane McGeehan

Date Approved

7-23-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Jorgensen, Donna

Subject(s)

Mentoring in education;Academic achievement

Disciplines

Other Educational Administration and Supervision

Abstract

A peer mentoring program for new students at a for-profit institution was implemented at a campus over five quarters. Peer mentors with high GPAs were matched with students for eleven weeks to help with academic success. A Business Club was created to support the mentoring program and campus activities. A professor monitored the program and collected data about the mentors, mentees, and the program's initiatives. Qualitative and quantitative research practices were used. Most mentees completed their first quarter coursework and re-enrolled for multiple quarters. The peer mentors learned valuable skills that they will apply to their workplaces. The campus was positively impacted by Business Club and mentoring activities, with students helping each other outside of formal mentoring program.

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