Denison University Reverse-Engineers Mentorship as Central to the Student Experience

With studies showing how much students value on-campus mentors, and how often they don’t have one, Denison University decided to build a system that encouraged these relationships.

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Denison University freshman are paired with a professor at the very beginning of their college experience as part of a one-credit course. These mentorships aren’t mandated for the long-term, but deeply encouraged. And Denison’s president, Adam Weinberg, believes that this system will help increase the odds of those wonderful and lifelong connections taking place.

The takeaway? We know the value of student mentors. So how can we get creative like Denison University to try and play a little mentor matchmaker and provide our students with those valuable relationships?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

As AVP of Marketing, Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.