The High Value of Faculty Mentors in Higher Education

Reported by EAB, a new poll by Elon University shows that graduates who had between seven and 10 positive faculty or staff relationships during their college tenure were 3x more likely to rate their college experience as “very rewarding”.

Even students with just one or two of these positive relationships were twice as likely to rate their college experience as “very rewarding” than those with none.

That’s why Elon University implemented their Odyssey Scholars program, which connects first-generation students with faculty and peer mentors at the beginning of their college experience. And participants in this program have a higher 4-year graduation rate than non-participants.

The takeaway? In order to provide students with high value, it is critical that we facilitate mentorships, either through or outside our classrooms. So how do better operationalize, incentivize and cultivate these faculty-student relationships at our colleges and universities?

Eric Olsen

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.