The Utilization of Peer Mentorship and its Positive Impact on Student Retention

Timothy B. Holt, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jacqueline Luedtke, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Claire Schindler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


In recognition of increasing rates of repeated ground schools and flight lessons, in combination with decreasing retention rates in the flight programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation took initiative to create a program that identified struggle students before they reached excessive failure or financial distress. The students identified in the Student Success Initiative (SSI) after being assessed would be required to attend a mediation session with their academic and flight training staff in order to create a specialized training program.

  • Student Success Initiative (SSI)
  • Identifies "at risk" students
  • Implemented training plan tailored to student
  • One-on-one instruction