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Transformative Mentorship

4 Strategies to Equip Peer Mentors to be Successful from UC Riverside

UC Riverside shares its peer mentor recruitment and training strategies to support first-generation college students to...

Transformative Mentorship

Empowering Students Through Peer Mentorship

Derrick Brown, Oklahoma State University peer mentor, Jackson Boyar, CEO, and Erin Mayhood, VP of Product at Mentor...

Expert Insights

Building a Culture of Mentorship: Mentor Collective Mentorship Masterclass

Strategies around how to build a culture of mentorship at universities and colleges through peer and alumni mentoring...

Expert Insights

The Road Ahead: Higher Education and Student Success Beyond the Pandemic

Reflections on the future of higher education and student success strategies from Mentor Collective National Roundtable.

Expert Insights

3 Student Success Strategies from Leaders at HBCUs

Student success strategies from North Carolina A&T and Mentor Collective roundtable with HBCUs to increase student...

Expert Insights

Rethinking Student Success During a Pandemic

Student success strategies from Georgia Gwinnett College and Mentor Collective roundtable to increase student...

Expert Insights

Creating Sense of Belonging in a Pandemic

Florida International University case study about peer mentorship to increase students' sense of belonging during...

Expert Insights

The Next Generation of Student Success

3 strategies to increase student engagement, retention, and student success on a virtual college campus, takeaways from...

Research Spotlight

Navigating the Hidden Curriculum

Interview with Lee Kahan from IUSB about how Mentor Collective and Peer Mentorship supported First-Generation College...

Product Updates

November 2020 Product Updates

In the month of October, Mentor Collective made the individual mentorships page on the Educator Dashboard more robust...

Expert Insights

Ensuring First-Generation Student Access and Success

Strategies from senior higher education leaders to increase first-generation and low-income students' sense of...

Expert Insights

Support for First-Generation and Low-Income Students during COVID-19

3 student success strategies for first-generation college students from the Auburn University at Montgomery and Mentor...

Transformative Mentorship

How can you be an effective mentor?

3 strategies to be an effective mentor

Product Updates

October 2020 Product Updates

In the month of September, Mentor Collective's product and engineering teams prioritized one of our core features:...

Expert Insights

Delivering on the Promise of Higher Education in 2020

3 student success strategies and reflections from SF State Roundtable with Mentor Collective

Research Spotlight

How Mentorship Benefits Peer Mentors

The positive impact of mentorship on peer mentors.

Expert Insights

Fulfilling the Mission of Higher Education During COVID-19

4 student success strategies from IU Bloomington and Mentor Collective Roundtable

Research Spotlight

Peer-to-peer mentoring to bridge the COVID connection gap

The power of peer mentorship to help increase students' sense of belonging and connection during COVID-19

Product Updates

September 2020 Product Updates

In the month of August, Mentor Collective added new features and made updates that increase visibility into our...

Transformative Mentorship

The Impact of Mentorship During a Pandemic

Students' perspectives on the impact of having a mentor in college during COVID-19

Expert Insights

A Fall Full of Uncertainty

Takeaways from Mentor Collective Webinar with Penn State and UNC Charlotte about higher education and student success...

Partner Spotlight

Preparing Students for Online Education in Fall 2020

Strategies to prepare students for online education and a virtual college experience from higher education leaders

Product Updates

August 2020 Product Updates

In the month of July, Mentor Collective’s product theme has been to preserve and deepen a sense of community during...


Student Engagement in Fall 2020 and Beyond

Strategies to increase student engagement and student success during COVID-19 from the Mentor Collective Roundtable...


What is Mentorship?

The importance of mentorship as a high impact practice for supporting the emotional and educational wellbeing of...


3 Strategies for Higher Ed Leaders in Fall 2020

Summary of key takeaways from Mentor Collective's fireside chat with Chancellor Venkat Reddy from University of...

Product Updates

July 2020 Product Updates

In the month of June, Mentor Collective’s product and engineering teams were hard at work with several releases that...

Research Spotlight

What is ‘Summer Flood’ and How Do We Stem the Flow?

According to a recent survey, students are rethinking their overall plan for higher education. Some are warning that...

Partner Spotlight

Increased Retention Rates Through Peer Mentorship

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo chose to invest in holistic student support by offering large-scale peer mentorship to...

Student Success

Fall 2020 and the Cost of Lost Social Connections

Digging into two recent surveys shows a common thread to what is driving student worry and uncertainty -- namely, the...


When Strategy and Crisis Collide

Mentor Collective and the University of Colorado, Denver hosted a virtual roundtable bringing together over 50 senior...


3 Strategies for More Inclusive Student Support

Summary of key strategies for higher education institutions to make their students support strategies more inclusive.

Higher Education in a COVID-19 World

It is now more critical than ever that socially distanced students have a relevant and engaged support network.

Partner Spotlight

Retention and Relationships at EMU

Summary of key takeaways from a webinar focused on the outstanding retention outcomes from peer mentorship at EMU, as...

Physical, Not Social Distancing

Relationships are more important than ever. During a time of widespread social distancing, institutions must not let...

We Recognize Higher Education is Facing Trying Times

Mentor Collective is committed to reinforcing our mentor/mentee relationships as a tool to create stability and...

MC Makes Built In Boston's Best Places to Work

Mentor Collective announces it is #1 on Built In Boston’s list of Small Places to Work in 2020. Companies are selected...


Closing the Gap for First-Generation Students

How well designed mentorship programs can increase first-generation student success.


Mentor Collective raises $3M, led by Lumina Foundation

Mentor Collective announces $3M in new funding from Lumina Foundation, IU Philanthropic Ventures, Strada Education...


Increase Graduate Student Success with Mentorship

The University of San Diego launches mentorship to prepare graduate students for success in their careers and life...

Summer Melt

Stop Summer Melt at Your School

Learn how two very different schools both used mentorships to make very real connections for their students and reduce...

Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Dr. Tom La Porta

EECS, a school within the College of Engineering at PSU, is piloting a scalable mentorship model aimed at improving the...

Success Stories

Student Story: Brian Huether

Brian Heuther is a mentor in the Berklee Online Mentor Collective. Hear about his experience supporting incoming,...

Student Success

Increase Job Success for Today's Students

According to the Gallup-Purdue Index, just one in four students agree that they have a mentor who encourages them to...

Partner Spotlight

Introducing: Partner Spotlights

We’re pleased to announce the Mentor Collective Partner Spotlight program, aimed at shining a light on the awesome...

Partner Spotlight

Partner Spotlight: Susanna Jones

The College of Health and Social Sciences (CHSS) at San Francisco State University comprises a wide range of...

Arts & Sciences

Mentorship and the Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

Learn how 3 colleges are using mentorship to engage Liberal Arts students in understanding the value of their degree.

Student Success

MC Spring 2019 Scholarship Spotlight: Sandy Vang

For the first time in its history, Mentor Collective has offered a scholarship competition to undergraduate students...

Partner Spotlight

Indiana University is Using Mentorship to Empower Women in Technology

Learn how Michelle Bartley-Taylor, the Assistant Director at CEW&T at Indiana University used mentorship as a strategy...

Student Success

MC Spring 2019 Scholarship Spotlight: Noah Schwartz

For the first time in its history, Mentor Collective has offered a scholarship competition to undergraduate students...


How 3 Colleges Increased Student Sense of Belonging

Mentorship programs at engineering schools saw double the engagement with URMs and women and an 8.2% increase in sense...

First Generation Students

Attending the 2019 FGLI Consortium

As an organization pioneering leadership, expertise, and resources around the experience of first-generation and/or...


5 Tips for Improving Mentorship

5 tips for improving your mentorship program and ultimately, it will leave you thinking about how viable it may be to...

Higher Education

Support D&I with Mentorship

When higher education institutions are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, everyone benefits:...

Transformative Mentorship

Prioritize Mentorship to Improve Retention

4 Steps to Improving Your Retention Strategy with Peer-Mentorship

2018: A Year in Review

As we celebrated our 4th year as a company, we took a moment to reflect on what a great year we’ve had with our...

Underrepresented Students

Close the Opportunity Gap in STEM

How do we increase the number of mentors available to underrepresented minorities studying STEM? In this week's post,...

Underrepresented Students

Relevant Mentors Matter for Historically Underrepresented Students in STEM

STEM education is increasingly important in our educational landscape, and yet all students are not benefiting from its...

Indiana University

Welcome, Mentor Collective!

Shearwater is now Mentor Collective! We are renewing our laser-focus on helping every student connect with a meaningful...

Adult Education

4 Steps to Drive Adult/Online Learner Success

Want your adult and online learners to be more successful? Here are four questions every administrator must answer to...


A preview of the June 26th online event highlighting the learning experiences of online and adult students

Indiana University

Lunch & Learn at Indiana University

Mentor Collective took to the road to visit Indiana University, Bloomington, a trip that is always uniquely special. In...

Online Education

Personalized Support for Adult/Online Learners

Mentor Collective teamed up with Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) for “Scaling...

Partner Spotlight

Lehigh University is Using Peer Mentorship to Increase Student Success

A conversation with Lehigh University's George White about how peer mentorship enhances the experience of all the...


Student Stories: Borja & Amanda

Penn State's Borja and Amanda get the spotlight this week, sharing the highlights and details of their mentor...

Graduate Education

Supporting Graduate Student Success at Tufts and Northeastern

Jody Nyquist's research is applied to mentorship experiences at Northeastern University and Tufts University in our...

Adult Education

Student Story: Charles & Melissa

This post shines a light on the mentorship relationship between Charles and Melissa at Northeastern University's...


The Mentoring Movement

Mentorship: History and Applications