Today’s colleges and universities continue to face the challenges of retaining and graduating their students. Historically, peer-mentoring programs have helped to successfully meet these challenges. The Peer Advisors and Mentors (PAM) program has assisted in the retention of students, all while giving students opportunities that develop and hone their leadership, academic, and personal skills. Over the course of 22 years, PAM has evolved into a program that touches on significant facets deemed important by experts on the matters of retention and graduation. Such factors include mentoring, advising, integration, and engagement. This article gives an historical perspective on how a peer-mentoring program has assisted in the retention and graduation of first-year student mentees through mentoring and leadership.
Copyright © 2015 Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. This article first appeared in Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) Journal 28 (2015): 21-28.
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Walton, Hope N., and Roger Mancastroppa. "Outstanding Student Retention and Graduation: The Peer Advisors and Mentors Program at the University of Richmond." Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) Journal 28 (2015): 21-28.