Peer mentoring: An effective approach to enhancing first-year student engagement and success
Catherine Ross and Ron Grant - The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
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Currently, around 25 percent of New Zealand tertiary students do not complete their qualifications (Scott, 2009) and in a distance learning environment this figure is often higher (Boyle, Kwon, Ross & Simpson, 2010; Smith, Wellington, Cossham, et al., 2011).
High non-completion rates provide strong incentives for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to do as much as possible to promote student success.Targeted support programmes can achieve this end (Grant, Olivier, Rawlings & Ross, 2011).
In this paper we describe one such targeted support programme a peer mentoring programme and discuss how it impacts positively on the engagement and success of first-year students studying at a distance.
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