First, we need to check if there a specific background, gender, race that's experiencing the dropout. Also, if there's a specific college/school that's experiencing student drop outs.
These will be the best candidates for a peer mentoring program.
Then, we can launch the program by bringing in the freshmen (mentees) and bringing in the sophomores/juniors/seniors (mentors) with an email invite.
First step is creating the right mentor-mentee matches based on first-gen, race, gender, academics, challenges, and hobbies.
Making the introduction for the students to get acquainted.
Make sure to draw out expectations and activities for them to do. This is a part of mentor-mentee training.
Follow up with the relationships and check-ins to track which relationships are working and if they're covering the 6 most common areas for dropping out. We need students to discuss these topics and peer mentors should be warning university staff if they realize a student mentee is getting close to dropping out - so that university staff can interfere at the right time with the right student.
If this looks like a lot to you - there are software that can help with all of these steps and make the programs more structured, automated and trackable: Demo Qooper Peer Mentoring Software
In addition there are solutions for online communities, university resources, built-in chat and video call functionalities (most importantly on mobile apps because freshmen don't check emails) - acting as a hub for freshmen to find peer mentors, communities in the universities, resources to use and events to attend.
Increasing student enrollment, academic development, engagement and retention by a minimum of 25%. The question for you will be which students do you want to be involved in the program. Once we know the population, the solution is set to launch in as little as 1 week.
You can launch this program for first-gen, international, minority groups and other target populations.
Here is 1 of Stevens Institute of Technology's Peer Mentoring Programs: Stevens MP2 Program