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ERIC Number: ED443133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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To What Extent Does a Peer Mentoring Program Aid in Student Retention?
Lahman, Mary P.
A study explored the impact of participation in a peer mentoring program upon student retention at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. Previous studies linked communication competence with participation in a mentoring relationship and student retention, so students' communicative adaptability scores were utilized to discover antecedent conditions which predict participation in a mentoring program. Because of the longitudinal design of this project and the lack of student participation in the early phases of the program, results indicate that the measurement of communicative adaptability of first-year students and the formal nature of this program provide unique challenges for institutions implementing formal mentoring programs. Proposed is that the role of the communication faculty member is central to the investigation of student retention issues. Communication faculty can provide formal interventions prescribed by the mentoring literature (i.e. communication skills training), while mentoring the effects of communication behavior upon the development of formal mentoring relationships and student retention rates. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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