College students who engage in first-year programs such as peer mentorship are correlated with higher achievement. Peer mentorship can also have a significant impact on students' feelings of belonging to their campus community. This mixed-methods study will provide a comprehensive assessment of a Class Leader (CL) program. Data will include first-semester outcomes (i.e., first-term GPA; retention) for all students (N ~ 1850) and first-generation students as compared to non-participants, survey responses (n ~ 471) about students' experiences with CLs and perceptions related to the program, and focus group data from students, CLs, and instructors at the end of the semester.
Graham, Michael; Hauck, Alexis; Martell, Jordan L.; Pickenpaugh, Emili N.; and Vaughan, Angela L., "Comprehensive assessment of a peer mentor program for first-year students" (2020). Teaching and Assessment Symposium. 10.