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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. Dr. Peter J. Collier Consulting can support you in the following areas:

 

Program Evaluation
 

The strength of your evaluation will determine whether others, particularly funders and administrators, view your program as successful. Effective program evaluation requires planning and forethought. Dr. Collier can help you put together an evaluation plan, operationalize your program goals so that they are clear and measurable, identify the types of data you need to collect, develop appropriate data collection tools, coordinate data collection and analysis, and present your evaluation data in ways that support your claims that your program impacts student success.

Dr. Collier has designed and implemented evaluation plans for mentoring projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Improvement in Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Research Grant Programs. In addition, he has conducted workshops on evaluation design and student outcomes assessment in higher education at St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA), California State University, Monterey Bay, Clark College (Vancouver, WA), Portland Community College, and Portland State University.

   
Recent Project
2019

PROGRAM EVALUATOR
Department of Sociology
University of Guam - Mangilao, Guam
July 2019

Evaluation services consisted of reviewing 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 Science'’ goals.

 

 

 


 

Mentoring Program Design and Training
 

A well designed mentoring program is the key to student success. The first step is that you need to be able to connect what mentoring can realistically accomplish with the identified adjustment issues of the students you are trying to serve. With Dr. Collier's support, you will be able to successfully conduct needs assessments for your targeted groups of students. Once you have identified students' needs that can appropriately be addressed through mentoring, you can turn your attention to program design. Program design is the glue that holds all of the pieces of your peer-mentoring program together. Program design encompasses all of the planning and structural aspects of your program including locating funding, budgeting, staffing, establishing the program location, making decisions about mode of delivery and program content, putting a system of data collection and storage in place, determining the numbers of mentees and mentors, hiring mentors, recruiting and orienting mentees, deciding upon program content, along with developing job descriptions, program policies and forms. The guidance you receive from Dr. Collier will allow you to thoughtfully consider design choices and the implications of those choices. Mentor training is an underappreciated yet critical element of successful mentoring programs. Dr. Collier can help you establish clear connections between training content and delivered mentee services, as well as a mentor training evaluation plan that supports your claim that any observed positive effects of your program are due to service provided rather than coincidental effects associated with other factors.

Dr. Collier has extensive experience in designing college student peer mentoring programs, specifically those designed to serve first-generation, international, and graduate students. He has conducted program design and training workshops for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (Region 1), Oregon Campus Compact, Minnesota Campus compact, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities Summer Institute. He also shared his research and program design efforts in a Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange-sponsored national webinar, “Expertise-development mentoring: A case study of an intervention to improve first generation college freshmen's academic performance and retention.”

Dr. Collier is also available to coordinate the training of multiple mentoring programs at a single college or university. While many times multiple peer mentoring programs exist on the same campus, they typically do not coordinate their training efforts with each other. As part of his work with Portland State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Dr. Collier developed a curriculum for training mentors and program coordinators from different college student peer mentoring programs at the same time. This curriculum easily can be adapted to a week-long summer intensive workshop similar to the ones he offered at Portland State from 2012 to 2014.

 

Recent Project
2018

PEER MENTORING PROGRAM CONSULTANT
TRiO Program and Pathways Program
MEDAILLE COLLEGE • Buffalo, New York
November 2017 - September 2018

Consultant services were divided into two distinct areas. On a general level, 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.

On a more specific level, 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. During a second site visit in August 2018, the consultant conducted peer mentor training for both the TRiO and Pathways programs.

 

  Dr. Peter J. Collier
  "Training the Trainers"

 


 

Focus Group Research: Design, Facilitation, Analysis and Training
 

In addition to generalized evaluation support, Dr. Peter J. Collier Consulting can provide specialized focus group research services. Focus groups are an excellent way to gather in-depth qualitative data on topics you are interested in learning more about. As your consultant, Dr. Collier can help you design, conduct, analyze data from, and write up the findings of your focus group project.

Dr. Collier has more than 15 years experience in designing and conducting focus group research in educational and health settings. From 2006 through 2013 he provided research design, focus group facilitation and analysis services for the CareOregon Health Plan, Portland, Oregon. In addition, he has conducted focus group facilitator training workshops for the Multnomah County (Oregon) Library, the Fort Vancouver (Washington) Regional Library system, and multiple Portland State University task forces.

 

Recent Project
2019

FOCUS GROUP WORKSHOP ORGANIZER AND TRAINER
Oregon Community College Association’s Oregon Student Success Center
Salem, Oregon
October 2019

“How to develop, moderate and analyze focus groups”

Participants represented the 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 needed to establish a process for developing and providing oversight for the implementation of cultural competency standards for their school and employees.

 

 

 

 

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