Last week, Shearwater took to the road to visit Indiana University, Bloomington, a trip that is always uniquely special. In addition to being the home of four Mentor Collective programs, it is also the alma mater of its co-founder Jackson Boyar. It was made all the more special by a testimonial from a mentee shared during the “Lunch and Learn” co-hosted by Shearwater's Mentor Collective and the school. Despite having a good experience at IU, Erin Powell was struggling to translate those experiences and her qualifications into meaningful job prospects. “Left and right, I was getting denied from employers… even the ones I thought I could fall back on,” she shared via a prepared statement read by Michelle Bartley-Taylor. “I didn’t look good on paper and I sure wasn’t prepared to enter an interview.” As Powell sees it, “This is when Mentor Collective came in handy.”
At long last, the conversation about adult and online learners–one Shearwater has strived to actively participate in–is starting to change. The needs of adult and online students are often underestimated, and many narratives circulating about this population assume these students come solely for the credits. Contrary to those assumptions, research shows socio-emotional support is crucial to their success as well, and institutions who recognize and address this will rise in prominence and student appreciation.
Lehigh's Managing Director of Student Access and Success Reflects on Peer Mentorship's Key Role in His Overall Student Success Strategy
This week, we shine the spotlight on Borja and Amanda, and the mentor relationship they've developed at Penn State.
This week, we share a recent study demonstrating the effectiveness of programs at two of our partner schools: Tufts University and Northeastern University.
Today, we shine a spotlight on the mentor relationship between Charles and Melissa of Northeastern's College of Professional Studies.