“With the Jump Start Program’s multi-faceted approach, students will be more persistent and have higher success rates compared to eligible students who are not enrolled in the program.” Kendra Wolgast, Penn State Mont Alto Academic Support Center director
The Jump Start program at Mont Alto has served 183 students since its first year. There have been 75 different Peer Mentor positions since Jump Start’s first year – some loved the work so much they served more than one year.
Goal 1 Success (Academic Preparedness)*
Average fall grade point averages for Jump Start students is 3.21, compared to a 2.70 average for qualifying students who did not participate in the Jump Start program. Additionally, 66% of Jump Start students have placed into a higher math course for fall, with 91% of those students succeeding in those courses.
Goal 2 Success (Early Entrance Experience)*
All Jump Start students have earned their First Year Seminar course credit prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Goal 3 Success (Learning Specialist and Peer Mentor Support)*
Through their first year, Jump Start students have met with the professional Learning Specialist an average of 12 times, and all Jump Start students have stayed connected with their Peer Mentors.
Goal 4 Success (Leadership Growth)*
Jump Start is so appreciated by the students who participate in the program that 40% of them become future Peer Mentors. Jump Start Peer Mentors meet higher qualifications before being accepted into the program than any other student leadership group on campus. Through intentional student engagement leader training, the Peer Mentors become an integral part of the Jump Start program and the greater campus community. Each Peer Mentor receives at least 25 hours of training per year.
Goal 5 Success (Better Success Rates)*
Jump Start students are twice as likely to earn their degree when compared to eligible students who did not participate. Jump Start students have demonstrated 30% better retention fall to fall. Current retention is 50% better.
*Percentages and totals are based on four-year averages, with the exception of Goal 5: Current Retention, which is calculated based on a six-year average. All comparisons are between Jump Start and similar, non-participating groups of students