Evaluation of a Pilot Peer Advising Program for University Students: Voices from Advisees and Advisors





First-year experience, Program evaluation, Peer advising, Transition to university


This program evaluation study aims to investigate the peer advisors’ and advisees’ perceptions regarding a pilot peer advising program designed to facilitate the orientation process of newly-registered university students. The study was based on qualitative data gathered from participants in the academic year of 2018-2019 at a foundation university in Turkey. Findings suggest that the program offer several benefits such as smoother university adaptation, peer-to-peer communication, effective advisor support, meeting new people, communication skills, and increase in self-confidence.  Suggested improvements in the program are; more advisee participation, better promotion of the program, more meetings and social gatherings, advisees assigned per advisors, advisor training, and advisor selection, and continuing advisor support.


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Bayram, İlknur. (2022). Evaluation of a Pilot Peer Advising Program for University Students: Voices from Advisees and Advisors. Psycho-Educational Research Reviews, 11(2), 232–244. https://doi.org/10.52963/PERR_Biruni_V11.N2.15