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Understanding Mentoring in Higher Education

Understanding Mentoring in Higher Education
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Author(s): Ben Dunn (University of Kentucky, USA)and Jeffrey Herron (Campbellsville University, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 12
Source title: Using Self-Efficacy for Improving Retention and Success of Diverse Student Populations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jeffrey Herron (Campbellsville University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5039-0.ch006


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There is no rapid formula for student success in higher education. Understanding student development theories and leading contributions to student success can be helpful in creating a success plan for students of all demographics. Research indicates that mentoring can significantly increase student retention and their ability to develop as a person and as a student. Mentoring programs can also be focused on specific demographics of students, such as race or ethnicity. Other mentoring programs are designed around different student populations, such as first-generation students, by classification, or separated by majors. Due to the diversity of mentoring programs, a mentor can come from multiple roles within the institution, including counselor, therapist, academic advisor, dean of students, professor, financial aid counselor, or success coach. Essentially anyone at the institution could be a mentor.

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