Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Paul Bylsma

Academic Year



Research has shown that African American college students have a difficult time in transitioning and navigating at predominately white institutions. African American students needs differ from other race and ethnicities at universities, making educational achievement a complex journey. Learning how to transition and navigate through a predominantly white institution can be a troubling task, but through the help of a peer mentor, the process can be made easier. This project explores the graduation gap for African American college students, as well as strategies to help improve the support of African Americans graduation rate. The desired outcome of this project is to be able to implement the peer mentoring program at a four-year accredited college or university.