College

College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences

Department

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Science

Date

6-2019

Advisor(s)

Megan Silcott

Abstract/Summary

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) needs a peer mentor program modeled after the Orfalea College of Business’ (OCOB). Younger students who have mentors do exponentially better than students who do not. Upperclassmen gain a sense of fulfillment from helping younger, less experienced underclassmen. Rodger’s research provides insight into students’ academic success when paired with a peer mentor. Those who participated in a full year of peer mentoring had considerably higher grades than the control group. A specific group of students who benefit from programs like these are students who struggle with anxiety.

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