CHAMPS Peer Mentoring for Online Students
CHAMPS stands for Collaborative and Holistic Academic Mentoring for Peer Success. Our 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.
The mission of the CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program is to provide opportunities for University of Arizona Global Campus students to have access to the knowledge and experience of successful peer mentors to promote student success. We provide an online community where program participants are encouraged to develop as students and leaders to build positive relationships within the University of Arizona Global Campus community.
How Does Peer Mentoring Work?
All first-time college students who successfully pass their Conditional Admission Period and meet Basic Academic Requirements will participate in the CHAMPS Peer Mentoring Program as part of their first-year experience. All other students (including mentors) can still opt-in and 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 Global Campus 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, students will begin in the Expand Your Support Community plan and continue through the Academic Preparedness Plan specific to their degree level. Advanced plans are available for our seasoned CHAMPS members.
Expand Your Support Community Plan
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 track is designed to pair you up with a mentor who is in your corner, someone who can be your sounding board for ideas, and who you can check in with as you move through your program. Designed for students looking to increase their sense of community and belonging, this track will focus on opportunities to further emerge yourself into various University of Arizona Global Campus learning communities under the guidance of a mentor who is matched to your background.
Undergraduate Academic Success Plan
These are the things you wish you knew on your first day of school. Designed for students still acclimating to the University of Arizona Global Campus environment, the CHAMPS Undergraduate Academic Preparedness track will introduce you to critical learning resources and fundamental student skills that will shape you into the student you want to be. We’ll pair you with a mentor who has been there before, who matches your background and family dynamics, and who will invest themselves in your development.
Military Undergraduate Academic Success & Career Transition Plan
Going to school and transitioning to civilian life are both major events. The CHAMPS Military Academic Preparedness & Career Transitioning track is designed exclusively for our military students who are seeking to enhance their utilization of the University of Arizona Global Campus learning resources within the context of their military background. Under the guidance of our military mentors, you’ll explore both academic success related topics and the nuances of being a military student.
Graduate Academic Preparedness Plan
Graduate students face a unique set of challenges. The CHAMPS Graduate Academic Preparedness track is designed exclusively for graduate students to help them transition into a graduate level program. Let our graduate mentors talk you through the nuances of being a graduate level student while touching base on some of the most important and effective learning resources at the University of Arizona Global Campus.
Doctoral Academic Preparedness Plan
Navigating your Doctoral courses and dissertation at the University of Arizona Global Campus comes with its own unique set of experiences. Our mentoring plan created exclusively for Doctoral students is designed to offer guidance and support while building positive relationships throughout the doctoral journey. Whether students are just starting in class or have reached their dissertation, we have targeted development in this connection plan.
Career and Professional Development Plan
Looking to take control of your career trajectory and develop professionally? The CHAMPS Career and Professional Development track is designed to help our student achievers identify and act on additional opportunities to get the most out of their time at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Ideal for second year students and beyond, this track focuses on resources and opportunities that will enhance your leadership, professional development, and career marketability.
Center for Women’s Leadership Plan
The Forbes School of Business and Technology® Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) is a network of scholars, students, and practitioners, who want to enhance their knowledge, expertise, and research in the area of women and leadership and to advance the standing of women in leadership.
Mentee to Mentor Training Program
Coming August 2021! This plan will be a robust training for mentees wanting to become a mentor in the CHAMPS program. It focuses on program procedure, best practices, etiquette and professionalism, and everything that encompasses the best representation of the University of Arizona Global Campus student life. Mentees will become experts in the UAGC classroom and university resources so they can be a great role model for new mentee students.
CHAMPS Mentees recognize the opportunity explore and better understand Global Campus resources and student best practices. They're open to conversations that will broaden their understanding of life as a Global Campus student and help identify what success looks like.
Become a CHAMPS peer mentee to:
- Add a high-achieving, successful Global Campus 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 Global Campus experts who have overcome their share of obstacles as adult learners in online education. Mentors are high achieving students who meet the 3.0 GPA and 24 Undergraduate/12 Graduate UAGC Credit requirements. Students must be in good academic standing have no previous conduct violations to be considered as a mentor. Mentors accepted in the Honors Program will automatically be accepted into CHAMPS as a mentor and be required to participate and successfully complete the Honors Program PLA credit program. Our mentors are willing to take a mentee, or multiple mentees 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 Global Campus
- 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 Global Campus online community
- Potentially earn elective credits toward the completion of your undergraduate degree through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. The Office of Prior Learning Assessment has teamed up with CHAMPS to offer mentors 1 elective credit for every 15 hours of dedicated mentoring time spent in the program. Students are paired with a Program Coordinator to guide them through the experience. To be eligible, mentors need to have room in their elective pool for the credit to apply, but we will take care of confirming that for you!
CHAMPS Mentees must be active in their Global Campus 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 24 undergrad or 12 graduate Global Campus 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 Arts & Sciences