"Mentoring relationships are sustained, developmental, and learner-centered."

Mentoring for Learner Success: Defining Mentoring Relationships

In 2020, Elon University became one of ten institutions in the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education (ACE) inclusive learning community called the Learner Success Lab (LSL), with an institutional focus on Mentoring for Learner Success. Elon’s 2030…

Mentoring Relationships as Bridges

Mentoring for Learner Success: Bridging Known and New

In order to enhance young children’s learning in the course of everyday interactions, parents often facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge by bridging, or establishing a connection between something familiar and something new (Vandermaas-Peeler, Westerberg, and Fleishman 2019). In a…

"Mentoring as a Constellation" on photo of stars in constellation

Mentoring for Learner Success: Conceptualizing Constellations

In their recent book, Relationship–Rich Education, Elon colleagues Drs. Peter Felten and Leo Lambert weave together dozens of stories emphasizing the importance of meaningful connections for successful learning and well-being in higher education. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, they offer extensive evidence of the power of relationships between learners and peers, staff, and faculty, asserting that all students should “create webs of…

Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler and Student

Mentoring Relationships in Undergraduate Research

In the second summer of the CEL seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (UR), participants worked to identify the key characteristics of mentoring relationships in the context of student, faculty and institutional development.  We identified factors that contribute to…

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Diverse Contexts of Mentoring

by Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler In the recent AAC&U symposium entitled, America’s Global Future:  Are College Students Prepared?, presenters and participants grappled with such difficult questions as “What do our students need from their college studies to contribute and thrive in a 21st-century…

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Collaborative Communities and Mentoring Undergraduate Research

by Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler Can participation in undergraduate research help to facilitate sustained, collaborative and multi-disciplinary partnerships between students and faculty mentors, as well as partnerships that extend beyond the institutional walls?  At a recent workshop sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate…