Meeting the Complex Needs of 21st Century Students

While a 21st century education provides exceptional benefits, it can also present challenges. An increasingly diverse student population coming from complex societies coupled with tightening of resources leave universities from across the country asking, “How can we better meet the needs of our students?” Peer mentoring is a remedy for schools lacking sufficient external resources to support student bodies that are increasingly diverse and complex in educational needs.

Guest Editor Peter Collier, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, and colleagues from universities across the United States propose student peer mentoring as a tool to meet the increasingly complex needs of 21st century students in the latest issue of Metropolitan Universities.

From programs such as PAVE, a program for veteran students that has spread to 40 universities, to using mentors as a way to create inclusive environments for incoming students, student peer mentoring offers new students from diverse backgrounds and communities a guiding light through higher education systems by utilizing resources that are readily available to institutions: the students.

In Metropolitan Universities, Issue 28.3:

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