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Dr. Peter J. Collier, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, brings 20 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 EVALUATION and MENTORING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT to help increase your programs’ likelihood of successfully supporting those individuals you seek to serve.




Oregon Community College Association's Oregon Student Success Center
Salem, Oregon
October 2019

Participants at the “How to develop, moderate and analyze focus groups” 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 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.


TRiO Program and Pathways Program

MEDAILLE COLLEGE • Buffalo, New York
November 2017 - September 2018

Consultant services were divided into two distinct stages. Initially, the services focused on "training the trainers" from multiple Medaille College peer mentoring programs. A series of workshops during a January 2018 site visit emphasized identifying college adjustment issues students faced, which issues were appropriate to address with peer mentoring, introducing the expertise-development peer mentoring model, and what constitutes appropriate evaluation.

Additional services for the TRiO program included connecting student adjustment issues to campus resources and success strategies, developing student support materials, revising the existing training curriculum, and refining the program's evaluation plan.

The second stage involved providing training materials and demonstrating the actual training of student mentors. During a second site visit in August 2018, the consultant conducted peer mentor training for both the TRiO and Pathways programs.


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"Training the Trainers"


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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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