Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Consultancy Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Dr. Jeff Hamilton


Research describes mentoring as a best-practice for supporting overall student success for graduate and doctoral students.Unfortunately, faculty are not able to serve in a mentoring role for all of their students.The purpose of this project is to utilize university alumni who have successfully completed a doctoral program, to serve as mentors to prospective and current doctoral students. E-mentoring programs in particular,provide flexibility and have multiple, lasting benefits for everyone involved.Intended to start summer 2020, DocStu will include 20-24 people in the first cohort. DocStu was created as a way to provide holistic support to current and prospective doctoral students throughout all stages of their matriculation. Going through a doctoral program is a journey that seems never ending but having a supportive environment while pursuing a post-graduate degree is key to student success. DocStu aims to be a resource, village and safe space as students navigate this experience while simultaneously trying to balance life and work.

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