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ERIC Number: ED415812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-7
Pages: 22
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Clearing a Path for Success: Deconstructing Borders in Higher Education through Undergraduate Mentoring. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Wallace, Dawn; Abel, Ronald
The effectiveness of formal mentoring programs for high-risk undergraduate students was examined. Formal mentoring is defined as a deliberate matching of university personnel with high-risk students, a group which may include people of color, women, low-income persons, the physically challenged, and first-generation college students. Formal mentoring has evolved to promote students' emotional, environmental, and academic acculturation into the college environment. In this study interviews were conducted with 20 students who had been involved with student support services, Veterans Upward Bound, and the educational opportunity center at a southern, comprehensive, four-year, regional university. The study notes that students reported they felt an obligation to continue their education as a result of the deep commitment of support personnel and the benefits of counseling, tutoring, and institutional guidance, and found that formal mentoring appeared to positively affect student participation, retention, and success in college. Little support was found to substantiate matching mentors and mentees by race or gender. Although traditional mentoring is conceived of as a one-on-one experience, the high-risk students benefited from all components of mentoring provided by a network of mentors. (Contains 17 references.) (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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