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Graduation Initiative

Take Five Mentoring Program: Winter Quarter Pilot

A Voluntary Pilot Program to Improve Student Retention

General Description for Mentors

The goal of the Take Five Mentoring Program (TFMP) is to increase the retention rate of participating freshmen, sophomores and first-year transfer students at Cal State LA. Participating students, some of whom will have declared majors and others who may be undeclared, will be randomly assigned to mentors. (Students, who are involved in a structured mentoring program, such as EOP, Honors College or Student Learning Communities (SLC) will not be eligible to participate in the Program.

As a Take Five Mentor, you are expected to:

  1. Mentor five students for two quarters ( Winter, 2011, Spring 2011) and serve as their advocate, coach, supporter, backer, promoter, believer, sponsor, guide, guru and a primary connector to the University.
  2. Meet with each mentee at least once per month and to contact each mentee, via email or telephone at least 3 times a month.
  3. Complete a short status report (a template will be provided) on your five mentees once per quarter.
  4. Attend once a quarter, a brown bag luncheon to share good practices with your fellow mentors.

Service as a mentor in the TFMP is completely voluntary and is open to administrators, faculty, emeriti faculty and staff. Our goal for TFMP is to have at least100 mentors and to serve a minimum of 500 students. The overall effectiveness of this retention initiative will be evaluated primarily on its impact on the one-year retention rate of participating students.

Contact Dr. Costello Brown or Dr. Cheryl L. Ney for more information. (323-343-3808)