CHAMPS Peer Mentoring for Online Students
Ashford University’s CHAMPS Peer Mentoring program matches new students adjusting to the demands of pursuing a college degree (Mentees) with high achieving, upper-division students (Mentors) to create a space for peer-to-peer mentorship that promotes student development and success.
CHAMPS stands for Collaborative and Holistic Academic Mentoring for Peer Success. It is our mission to promote success by connecting mentees who need additional support with mentors who are interested in developing their leadership and marketability. The CHAMPS Peer Mentoring program will create the best mentee-to-mentor match possible and leverage emerging technologies to create a digital space for new and supportive relationships to blossom.
How Does Peer Mentoring Work?
Our mentees and mentors start by submitting an application. The CHAMPS Peer Mentoring team will use the information provided on the application to pair mentees and mentors based on similar interests, backgrounds, family dynamics, and even time zone!
After a mentee and mentor are paired, they are then free to email, call, video or audio conference, use social media, or text to begin the program.
The program consists of seven milestones designed to create conversations relevant to the success and development of Ashford students. Participants should expect to meet via their preferred communication method for an hour each week for 7 weeks—but it is our hope that our mentors and mentees build relationships that last well beyond the end of the program!
Get Matched with an Experienced, Successful Student or Alumni Mentor
To help partner you with the best mentor, choose from one of the five plans outlined below:
Undergraduate Academic Preparedness
This plan includes information regarding the things you wish you knew on your first day of school. Designed for students still acclimating to the Ashford environment, the CHAMPS Undergraduate Academic Preparedness plan will introduce you to critical learning resources and fundamental student skills that will shape you into the student you want to be. You’ll pair with a mentor who has been there before, who matches your background and family dynamics, and who will invest themselves into your development.
Military Academic Preparedness & Career Transitioning
Going to school and transitioning to civilian life are both major events. The CHAMPS Military Academic Preparedness & Career Transitioning plan is designed exclusively for military students seeking to enhance their utilization of Ashford learning resources within the context of their military background. Under the guidance of your military mentor, you’ll explore topics related to academic success as well as the nuances of being a military student.
Graduate Academic Preparedness
As a graduate student, you face a unique set of challenges. The CHAMPS Graduate Academic Preparedness plan is designed exclusively to help you transition into a graduate program. Your graduate mentor will talk you through the nuances of being a graduate-level student while touching base on some of Ashford’s most important and effective learning resources.
Career and Professional Development
Looking to take control of your career trajectory and professional development? The CHAMPS Career and Professional Development plan is designed to help you identify and act on additional opportunities to get the most out of your time at Ashford. Ideal for second-year students and beyond, this plan focuses on resources and opportunities that will enhance your leadership, professional development, and career marketability.
Expand Your Support Community
Setting out to complete your degree is a major undertaking, and you don’t need to go it alone. The CHAMPS Expand Your Support Community mentoring plan is designed to pair you up with a mentor who is in your corner and who will act as a sounding board for your ideas as you move through your program. This plan is perfect for you if you are looking to increase your sense of community and belonging. This plan focuses on opportunities to further immerse you into the various Ashford learning communities
CHAMPS Mentees recognize the opportunity explore and better understand Ashford resources and student best practices. They're open to conversations that will broaden their understanding of life as an Ashford student and help identify what success looks like.
Become a CHAMPS peer mentee to:
- Add a high-achieving, successful Ashford student to your support system
- Get support navigating critical learning resources, including the Student Portal, Library, and Writing Center
- Discuss strategies on how to balance life and school from a peer who faced and overcame similar challenges
- Gain access to videos, worksheets, and other activities designed to develop you as an online learner
Our CHAMPS Mentors are Ashford experts who have overcome their share of obstacles as adult learners in online education. Our mentors are now willing to take a mentee under their wing and offer their guidance and support.
Become a CHAMPS Peer Mentor to:
- Share your experience and how you achieved academic success at Ashford University
- Inspire your mentee as he or she overcomes the adjustments of studying online
- Enhance your own career marketability through leadership experience
- Create a stronger overall sense of connection and belonging amongst Ashford's online community
CHAMPS Mentees must be active in their Ashford program, submit an application, and, upon acceptance, attend a one-hour virtual orientation. CHAMPS welcomes any student in need of support to participate as a mentee.
CHAMPS Mentors must have completed a minimum of 30 undergrad or 12 graduate Ashford credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, submit an application, and, upon acceptance, attend a one-hour virtual orientation.
What Our Mentees are Saying…
“I absolutely loved the CHAMPS program. Along with valuable insight, I gained a friend for life in my mentor. I am really excited that I had the opportunity to participate in the program and I recommend everyone do it.” - Tayler S., College of Health, Human Services, and Science