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FAU receives grant to fund new mentoring program

            BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 6, 2015) -- Florida Atlantic University’s Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Division of Academic Affairs has received an anonymous grant for more than $764,000 to fund a new, comprehensive mentoring program called “The Mentoring Project at FAU,” designed to assist with improving student success.

“Mentoring builds strong connections between students, faculty and staff,” said Edward Pratt, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies. “The mentoring project complements the tremendous strides FAU has already made in the area of academic advising, helping to ensure that students stay in college, and continue their progress toward graduation.”

FAU faculty and staff, as well as upper division and graduate students, will be trained as mentors to first-year college students, with an emphasis on minority students and those in STEM majors. By 2017, the program also will include the mentoring of incoming transfer students.

             “FAU has not had the capacity to implement this type of structured program in the past,” said Jennifer Bebergal, assistant dean for retention at FAU’s Center for Learning and Student Success. “This funding will give us the ability to reach those who could most benefit frommentoring and help them connect with the best mentoring opportunity to fit their needs.”

The grant will fund administration for the project, as well as for training and professional development, mentoring events, mentor recognition, course materials, and stipends for peer mentors.

For more information about the project, contact Jennifer Bebergal at or Katie Burke at



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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. TheUniversity is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of itsstrategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit