Vertical Peer Mentoring and Advising: A Structure for Student Involvement in Multi-Level Advising


  • Alexandra Kurepa North Carolina A&T State University



advising, involvement, mentoring, multi-level, peer, student


This case study describes a recently instituted learning community at North Carolina A&T State University supported by a National Science Foundation grant that has developed varied methods of mentoring and advising. This new multi-level structure and associated procedures improved mentoring and advising satisfaction among students and faculty and improved student achievement. In addition to faculty learning-community leader assistance in mentoring and advising, the students are also actively involved in the process. Their participation helps to build a stronger sense of belonging within the discipline, which in turn provides faculty with more dedicated and informed partners in the advising and mentoring process.

Author Biography

Alexandra Kurepa, North Carolina A&T State University

Alexandra Kurepa, Ph.D., is a professor of mathematics and director of the graduate program in applied mathematics at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. She can be reached at


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