BLUEprint for self-authorship: A case study exploration of a peer mentoring program

Open Access
Author:
Allegro, John Anthony
Area of Honors:
Education and Public Policy
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Gamson, Thesis Supervisor
  • David Gamson, Honors Advisor
  • Mindy Kornhaber, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • higher education
  • mentoring
  • student affairs
  • peer mentoring
  • case study
  • self-authorship
  • student development
Abstract:
As higher education professionals consider establishing or expanding mentoring programs as mediums through which to achieve student retention and success, particularly among certain student sub-populations, it is important to understand more about the effectiveness and best practices of current programs in the field. This research project is a case study of BLUEprint, a peer mentoring program coordinated by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus. The study looks to understand the program’s educational efforts and discern best practices that student affairs and higher education practitioners should take note of. This project captures programmatic experiences and milestones of academic and personal development noted by current participants. Aside from understanding the program as a case study of peer mentoring, research participants were assessed to gauge their level of self-authorship development, a student growth and development marker often noted in higher education literature as an assessment goal and key benchmarking item for student affairs programming.