Online Peer Mentorship Program Going Strong
October 27, 2010
Approximately one year ago, the School of Undergraduate Studies 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 assists 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 Engagement and Retention. A peer mentor 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 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. To date, approximately 40 mentors have helped more than 110 students. Prospective mentors or adult online students seeking mentorship should apply here.