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ERIC Number: EJ905392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
CARES: Mentoring through University Outreach
Bergerson, Amy Aldous; Petersen, Kari K.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v13 n1 p45-65 2009
This study examined whether a university outreach program featuring peer mentoring and offering a social support network can impact college-going aspirations. Study participants were middle school students of color and low SES students and their university student mentors. Purposeful selection was used to identify six mentors and six proteges and match them by race/ethnicity. The program involved weekly mentoring sessions and four campus visits. At the end of the CARES project, proteges expressed changes in postsecondary aspirations, attitudes about learning, educational plans, and ability to overcome negative educational socialization. Mentors experienced growth and motivation as a result of working with proteges. The bidirectional nature of the program's impact on mentors and proteges is highlighted. America's racial and ethnic minorities have been and continue to be grossly underrepresented in higher education and in almost all occupational fields that require a college education. ("Attinasi 1989", "247"). (Contains 1 table and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A