ATU-Ozark Mentoring Program Enters 8th year in Fall 2019

This fall, the Ozark Campus Mentoring Program will enter its 8th year of service. Mentor Coordinator Mike Bogue notes that over six years, first-time Ozark Campus students with mentors have returned at a 2.5% greater fall-to-fall rate than first-time Ozark Campus students without mentors.
Bogue adds, “An Ozark Campus Mentor establishes a relationship with a first-time student, empowering him or her to experience a successful first semester.”
Any full-time Ozark Campus faculty or staff employee may volunteer to become a mentor who provides advice, encouragement, and guidance to his or her assigned students for the fall semester. When surveyed, 83% of first-time students with mentors indicate it was a beneficial experience.
“Usually,” Bogue says, “every mentor is assigned from one to three first-time students. Further, over seven years, 91% of surveyed mentors have indicated they had a satisfying experience.”
In addition, Bogue said mentoring a first-time student takes about three hours a semester, or one hour each month. He added, “That equals out to about fifteen minutes per week.”
Any full-time Ozark Campus faculty or staff employee interested in becoming a mentor should contact Bogue for more details.

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