Shepard Academic Resource Center: Mentor Program
The mission of the Academic Peer Mentor program is to provide one on one peer support and accountability in the spring semester to help first year students on University academic probation and others interested in the program to achieve higher academic performance. Through open, honest, and personalized peer relationships the worries, challenges and needs of the first year student can be expressed with upper-class students in their college. The mentor will help the mentee identify goals, clarify motivation, and develop action plans to achieve goals.
Through peer relationships focused on the wellbeing of the whole person, the vision of the Academic Peer Mentor program is to encourage and empower students to grow in their academic preparedness to end the semester in good academic standing.
Goals for mentees
First year students in the program will…
· - increase their academic confidence
· - understand the value of the community in the learning process
· - understand academic regulations and requirements
· - utilize university resources to achieve academic success
· - set and achieve academic goals
· - learn skills that can be applied to achieve academic success in the future
· - earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above
Goals for mentors
Peer mentors will…
· - create a trusting, non-judgmental, and open environment
· - make ongoing efforts to build an honest and professional relationship
· - help the mentee determine their goals and define success
· - share resources, guidance, and advice to help the mentee achieve their goals
· - understand and share academic regulations and requirements
Students can email the Shepard Academic Resource Center to find a mentor. Over 80% of students on academic probation who meet weekly with a mentor successfully complete their semester and are removed from academic probation. The policy for Probation and Dismissal due to poor scholarship is explained in the University Bulletin.