As leaders in Higher Education know, there is no silver bullet for student retention. Instead, they are tasked with identifying and successfully implementing the support systems work in concert to improve student outcomes.
Given its demonstrated impact on student success and retention - particularly for first-gen and URM students - peer mentorship should be one of those key support tools. Yet large-scale adoption of mentorship falls behind other initiatives.
What is keeping your institution from prioritizing peer mentorship in your retention strategy?
Bucking this lagging trend is the University of Wisconsin-Stout, whose Provost and Office of Enrollment and Retention Services have invested in large-scale peer mentorship to personalize the support experience for over 1,600 incoming students.
Hear from Executive Director of Enrollment and Retention Services, Aaron Aure on why peer mentorship became a priority for UW-Stout’s first-year retention strategy and the impact it’s had on student success.
Executive Director of Enrollment and Retention Services
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Aaron is currently serving as the Executive Director of Enrollment and Retention Services for UW-Stout. He has over twenty years of experience in higher education at a variety of institutions. He has worked in both international and domestic enrollment services.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from UW-River Falls and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from the UW-La Crosse. Before coming to UW-Stout, he was a graduate student intern in student activities at UW-River Falls where he advised student organizations. As a first-year advisor, he assists students within the Engineering, Packaging, and Engineering Technology degree programs as they navigate their transition to college, develop academic skills, and plan for future semesters at UW-Stout.
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