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We have two mentoring programs in place. One is run by the retention and
suspension specialist and is offered to students who are on academic
probation. Faculty and staff volunteer to be mentors. We train the mentors.
I myself took Skip Downings On Course Workshop this year and can recommend
this to anyone who works with students. The second program has been in
development for about 3 years. We call it our Tutor/Coach program and it is
run out of the Learning Center. The "mentors" are Level II or III CRLA
certified tutors who have had additional training in mentoring. We have used
the LASSI (thank you Claire) to determine which students we will accept in
this program. So far we have only used it with students in Developmental
Writing II. The first year we used a control group and an experimental group
from these classes. The experimental group was from one section for a
certain teacher and the control group was the same teacher, different
section. The next year we changed it up and took volunteers, thinking that
we might get better participation. Of course, the most self-motivated ones
volunteered, so there you go. We're still working on it, trying to get the
right mix.

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From: Thomas Janette [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2001 1:29 PM
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Subject: student mentoring


We're thinking of starting a student mentoring program for our new students
accepted in January.  Has anyone been involved with such a project or know
of a college that is doing something similar?




Janette Thomas
Director of Learning Assistance
Alfred State College
Alfred, NY  14802
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