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Effects on Student Outcomes
This brief distills and synthesizes scholarly research specifically as it pertains to the role of mentoring to promote college access and success, with an emphasis on implications for practitioners. It strives to serve as a tangible resource for practitioners seeking to ensure that their efforts—are based in research and targeted in ways that will produce the most positive outcomes for students—particularly given limited program resources. 

Faculty Mentoring at the Community College 
The process of mentorship in relationship to the community college professor and the potential to improve and enhance the teaching and learning process is explored in this article. It is put forth that mentoring is a subrole of the community college professor. Implications for practice are offered in a manner that connects the community college professor as mentor with enhancing the instructional process through the nurturing teaching perspective. 

Mentoring Students from Underrepresented Groups
Mentoring can be an effective strategy in improving retention of college students and faculty from fields where historical underrepresentation has occurred. This article reviews the benefits of mentoring in higher education, and identifies components of effective mentoring strategies that promote educational and career advancement. It illustrates how effective programs can be institutionalized and scaled through consortial and national collaborations. Traditional and alternative mentoring models are described through four successful programs designed to increase the academic and professional success of undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty. The article concludes with a set of general recommendations and caveats gleaned from the literature and programs reviewed.