ERIC Number: ED356700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Student Mentoring Program, 1989-1992. Retrospective Report.
The retrospective report summarizes results and recommendations resulting from the Oregon Community Foundation's Student Mentoring Program (SMP), which brought together college students from four private universities and a number of eighth grade students from four middle schools in mentoring relationships. The students were originally defined as "at risk," but that term was dropped as objectionable and too inexact, and the program was redefined as one for children who had the potential to go onto college and could benefit by the help provided by the mentors. The SMP was deemed successful in running the mentoring program and made advances in effective recruitment, selection, and pairing. Cost effectiveness was facilitated when colleges ran the programs on their own without central coordination; central coordination was also made difficult as the programs progressed. Costs of supporting a coordinator ultimately became too high for the four colleges participating in the program, and those who could not afford some staff time and a student coordinator ultimately had to discontinue the program. Stronger oversight from a funding source or administrator was seen as crucial to program direction. Funding was a problem in gaining some colleges' support for the program; however, two of the four colleges have shown measurable and positive results from the SMP and have chosen to continue the program. (GLR)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, College Students, Colleges, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Private Colleges, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Public Schools, Student Development, Universities, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon Community Foundation, Portland.