Cameron University's Office of Teaching and Learning received a donation of $9,660 last week from The IDEA Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving learning in higher education through research, assessment and professional development.
“The embedded peer mentor program will not only have an impact on freshmen students, it will benefit the students who find campus employment as peer mentors," Marge Kingsley, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, said. "In addition, faculty members across campus will benefit, as those faculty members involved in the project will present their findings with their colleagues.”
This donation will be used to provide peer mentors embedded in select freshman classes during the 2016-17 academic year.
“A key component of the grant is that of sharing our findings," Kingsley said. "By compiling and comparing data from embedded peer mentor sections to sections that do not have embedded peer mentors, we can assess the impact of the program, disseminate that information, and hopefully inspire other institutions to adapt a similar program.”