Advocate 2 Educate

  • Advocate 2 Educate (A2E) is a first-year university wide retention initiative that clusters assigned randomized and control groups (Honors, MADE, REACH, DREAM, Transfers) of entering college students with a designated core group of university advocates (council) who work together collaboratively to ensure students are continuously and effectively engaged, closely monitored, and supported to foster student success and progression. The “council” is comprised of an Advocacy Leader, Professional Mentor, Peer Mentor, and an Alumni Partner. 


    What is Advocate2Educate?

    Advocate2Educate is a first-year university wide retention initiative that clusters assigned randomized and control groups (Honors, MADE, REACH, DREAM, Transfers) of entering college students with a designated core group of university advocates (council) who work together collaboratively to ensure students are continuously and effectively engaged, closely monitored, and supported to foster student success and progression.

    Mission

    To retain and support the holistic development of entering students through intentional collaborative engagement opportunities and relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni.

    Program Objectives

    • To foster a supportive environment for incoming students
    • To provide resources, engagement and connections outside of the classroom
    • To create purposeful connections with faculty, staff, alumni and employers
    • To successfully retain students through their sophomore year
    • To guide and provide opportunities for open discussions and activities that assist incoming students with successfully transitioning to and navigating the university

    Retention Model

    First Year Experience (FYE) classes partnered with a retention advocacy council composed of the following concerned and invested university stakeholders:

    Advocacy Leader

    Professional Mentor 

    Hawk Mentor

    The Advocate2Educate model is based on best practices for learning communities and social engagement. Tinto's (2004) model of student retention focuses on enhancing student commitment to and integration into the university setting. Astin (1975), defined community as a small subgroup of students with a common sense of purpose. Likewise, the learning community model as defined by Levine (1998) is the pairing of large cohorts of students, known as freshman interest group or FIG.  Additionally, the establishment of friendships with peers, the development of mentors and connections to faculty members have been identified as important factors for student integration (Swail, 2004).

     Specifically, research asserts that learning communities and systematic social engagement:

    • Improve student engagement and retention
    • Help students to form social networks among peers
    • Increase student involvement in learning and college life
    • Provide opportunities for faculty and staff-student interaction
    • Create opportunities for faculty and staff interaction and collaboration

    Advocacy Council Responsibilities 

    • In addition to the program objectives:
    • Attend informational sessions  
    • Maintain regular contact and communication with student group through personal meetings, events, phone, email, social media, office hours, etc.
    • Schedule and attend two (2) group activities during the semester 
    • Submit monthly activity tracking form
    • Provide ongoing feedback on experiences and end of the semester evaluation

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