CLASS: Evolution of a Peer Mentoring Program


  • Njeri Nuru-Holm Cleveland State University
  • Melodie Yates Cleveland State University


Higher Education, Peer Mentoring, Minority Students


The Cooperative Learning and Academic Success System (CLASS) Program at Cleveland State University is designed to address the retention and achievement challenges of African American and Hispanic students through peer mentoring and academic support. This article will describe the evolution and systematic re-design of this program within the context of institutional needs, theoretical constructs, program assessment and data based decision-making. Although most of the students in the CLASS Program are traditional aged students, they, nonetheless, respond similarly to the large proportion of non-traditional aged students in terms of engagement, connection with the institution and "savvy" about navigating the environment.