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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Inaugural Class of Peer Mentors: Training on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Congratulations to the student mentors, instructors who piloted first-year experience courses, and our entire campus community. Beginning in the fall, all first-year students at UW Oshkosh will have a Peer Mentor assigned to them through a learning community course (Quest I).

A special thanks to the many people who will facilitate learning during the Peer Mentor training on Saturday, led by the collaborative work of Tracy Slagter (Political Science and USP First-Year Experience Director) and Debbie Gray Patton (Dean of Students Office and USP First-Year Experience Assistant Director).

What's the difference between a tutor and a peer mentor?

A Tutor…                                                        A Peer Mentor…

focuses on assignments                            focuses on building a relationship

demonstrates skills                                     demonstrates effective behavior

must be knowledgeable                             must be trustworthy

provides information                                    provides support

is seen as an expert                                     is seen as a peer

affects performance in a course                affects overall success

Adapted from Marni Sanft, Michael Jensen, & Eldon McMurray (2008).
Peer Mentor Companion. New York: Wadsworth, p.6.

When can Peer Mentors and Quest I Instructors meet?

April 19, 2013, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Titan Underground
The Quest I teaching community will have the opportunity to meet peer mentors for conversation in an informal setting.


Explore Instructors' Gathering
April 10, 2013, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Reeve 306
Final spring opportunity for instructors who have not yet attended a USP professional development session.



Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
email: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for the University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the spring 2013 semester!
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