Peer Mentorship Program for Online Students Launches
July 14, 2009
The School of Undergraduate Studies has launched a new program, directed at boosting retention among nontraditional-aged online students. The Online Peer Mentorship Program connects new online students with successful online students through one-on-one relationships that empower new students to succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Online Peer Mentorship Program exists to assist new students with:
Acclimating to academic life and feeling comfortable with the academic structure of Regent University
Socializing/Interacting within the Online Regent Community
Acquiring support in areas of life that affect each student individually
"The Online Peer Mentorship Program is an excellent opportunity for adult-learners to connect with someone who can help them make a smooth transition and introduction into online learning and online communities," said Kyle Graham, Director of Student Services for the School of Undergraduate Studies. "In addition, experienced students have an opportunity to share what they have learned with new students, perhaps things that the experienced students have learned the 'hard way'."
Peer mentors can help incoming freshmen or transfer students acclimate to Regent by sharing his or her similar experiences: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Mentors are trained and and must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 after 12 credit hours at Regent in order to mentor. The program runs once each 8-week session.