Outreach mentors with high school mentees: co-creating engagement, belonging and loyalty in higher education

Sonal Singh, Ruth Tregale

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    Abstract

    Peer mentoring in higher education is regarded as an effective tool in retaining students. While various researchers have provided support for this, limited studies have looked at outreach mentoring programs as a satisfaction-creating service experience offered by universities for their students. This study examined the benefits of the LEAP Macquarie Mentoring program to first year university student mentors who are mentoring high school students from refugee backgrounds. Three focus groups with 21 university mentors, an online survey with 33 university mentors and written surveys with 365 high school mentees were carried out between 2011-2013. Preliminary findings illustrate that for university mentors who are in their first year, the mentoring program fosters a sense of belonging with the university community as well increasing their academic self-efficacy and perceived value in education. A sense of belonging with the university in their first year is critical in shaping a student’s journey at university.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFYHE 2014
    Subtitle of host publicationThe International First Year in Higher Education Conference : Proceedings
    Place of PublicationBrisbane, QLD
    PublisherQueensland University of Technology
    Pages1-5
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference (17th : 2014) - Darwin
    Duration: 6 Jul 20149 Jul 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference (17th : 2014)
    CityDarwin
    Period6/07/149/07/14

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