The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning Peer Leader Academy at LSC-North Harris is to provide support for First time in college (FTIC) students in learning and to significantly improve students’ academic and intellectual achievements through the use of peer mentoring and tutoring.
The Center for Teaching and Learning has recently instituted a new program called The Peer Leader Academy. This program was developed as a part of the Foundations of Excellence (FOE) self-study and improvement process for the first year experience. FOE was comprised of a 35-member taskforce, including faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The FOE report identified a list of top 20 priorities, which included a need for establishing student mentors and a tutoring program. As a result, plans for the Peer Leader Academy were launched.
The Lone Star College-North Harris Peer Leader Academy will be comprised of 10 to 15 peer leaders who will function in a dual role in the Center for Teaching and Learning as mentors and tutors. The peer leaders will mentor first-time- in-college (FTIC) students enrolled in the EDUC 1300 course. This course is designed to study the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation—factors that influence learning, and application of learning strategies. Furthermore, the peer leaders will address the tutoring needs of FTIC students visiting the Center for Teaching and Learning. Most specifically, peer leaders will assist in tutoring for the Success Encourages Achievement (SEA) Center in Math, English, and Biology; they will also tutor in additional content areas. The Peer Leader Academy will address campus awareness of student services and create definable and measureable goals relating to first year students.