College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Phil Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


As an industry that relies heavily on strong relationships, contractors must learn to be effective communicators. At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO), there are several majors that provide students with a peer mentorship program; however, the Construction Management Department lacks one of these programs. Previous research conducted by Construction Management students at Cal Poly SLO revealed a significant demand for peer mentorship relationships (Gauna, 2017). The purpose of this paper is to determine what logistical approaches should be initiated to provide students with this valuable resource. This research was conducted by utilizing a nine-question survey to Construction Management students and faculty. This study concludes that students prefer having first-year students work with third-year students and second-year students work with fourth-year students. Students are also in favor of having meetings monthly and reassigning mentors annually. Additionally, students respond positively to having face-to-face interactions with their peers through planned events. When these approaches are combined with strong leadership, younger students will have a valuable resource, student mentors will learn new skills, and lasting relationships will be developed.

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