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ERIC Number: EJ1104353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
Effects of Peer Mentorship on Student Leadership
Walters, Giovanna; Kanak, Ashley
Honors in Practice, v12 p59-76 2016
Orienting and welcoming first-year students to campus and to honors programs are often key components of program development. At an institutional level, successful orientation programs can positively affect retention rates from the first to second year. The greater a student's involvement and integration into the life of the university, the less likely the student is to leave (Tinto). Institutional retention often translates into retention within honors programs as well. The most important benefit of orientation, however, is that students feel welcomed at the university and within the honors program. Not only do they understand the requirements of the program, but they also make friends and begin to envision how they might use their honors program experience to grow as scholars and citizens while also having a bit of fun in the process. In an attempt to achieve all of these goals, the honors program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, established a first-year honors student retreat incorporating peer mentors. This article describes the rationale behind the first-year student retreat, the procedures for organizing and facilitating it, and its impact on both first-year students and mentors. The hope is that this article might inspire and encourage other honors programs to implement high-impact practices that facilitate successful student transition into college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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