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Dr. Peter J. Collier, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, brings 30 years of experience in program design, evaluation and promotion of college student retention and academic success to assist you in developing new or refining existing programs.

"A Well Designed Mentoring Program
is the Key to Student Success"

Dr. Peter J. Collier
offers a range of support services to
college student mentoring programs,
particularly those serving first-generation students,

• Program Design
• Evaluation
• Mentor Training Curriculum Development
• Program Implementation

In the same way that mentors share expertise with their mentees to increase mentees chances of college, business or personal success, Dr. Collier offers his expertise in MENTORING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT and EVALUATION to help increase your programs’ likelihood of successfully supporting those individuals you seek to serve.

Peer Mentoring in Post COVID Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic and fallout from universities’ pandemic response efforts has made the adjustment to college more complex for new students. This is particularly true for students who lack familiarity with how college works. Peer mentoring can help.



"How Peer Mentoring can help Universities promote Student Success in Post COVID-19 Pandemic World" in Metropolitan Universities, Vol. 32 No. 3:
(Special Issue: COVID-19—Innovations through Crises)

November 2021

This article identifies peer-mentoring qualities that make it a useful tool for helping universities respond to COVID19-Pandemic-associated issues. The article concludes with tips for Universities concerning how to set up programs and prepare peer mentors for supporting students in post-pandemic contexts.




Center for Career Development
College of Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

January 2022

Delivered keynote address (zoom presentation), at the kickoff of The College of Holy Cross’s peer mentoring program for students in the disability services program. The address, entitled You Can Make a Difference!” How Mentoring can promote College Student Success in a Post-Pandemic World, focused on the impacts of mentoring on both mentee and mentors, along with a discussion of how mentoring best practices might be applied in the current context.



Oregon Community College Association
Salem, Oregon

October 2019

Participants at the “Focus groups and program evaluation workshop represented 17 Oregon Community Colleges from around the state. Training services involved a combination of presentations, large and small-group dialogue and hands-on exercises through which participants explored when focus groups are appropriate, how to design studies that are appropriate for their goals, how to develop interview guides, potential recruiting and moderating issues, as well as how to analyze and write up the results from focus group projects. The over-arching workshop goal was to ground participants in solid focus group basics so they felt prepared to go back to their home campuses and conduct focus groups as part of the evaluation of each school’s response to Oregon House Bill 2864’s mandate that each public higher education institution must establish a process for developing and providing oversight for the implementation of cultural competency standards for their school and employees.



Department of Sociology
University of Guam - Mangilao, Guam

July 2019

Evaluation services consisted of reviewing the portfolio of Sociology Department self-study materials for the period 2012 - 2017, comparing program outcomes with external evaluator recommendations form previous five-year review period, and analyzing the fit between department outcomes and larger, over-arching university-wide and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' goals.




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Dr. Collier believes that effective consulting must begin with listening to what the client is trying to accomplish. Only after he is clear about your vision for your project, will he apply his experiences and expertise to help you realize your goals.


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