Elon Academy leaders, Elon students present at national conference

The session focused on college students who are hired to work with the university's college access and success program.


Four members of the Elon University community traveled to Chicago in March to present at the annual conference of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Professor Deborah Long, director of the Elon Academy; John Pickett, assistant director of scholar support for the academy; senior Kelly Coble, a math education major; and junior Kyle Keith, a middle grades language arts education major, co-presented “Elon Academy: College Students Serve as Mentors to Increase College Access.”

The Elon Academy, a college access and success program for promising high school students with financial need and/or no family history of college, includes summers on the university campus and year-round Saturday programs.

College students are hired and trained to serve as mentors. Mentors regularly communicate with their assigned cohort of scholars and schedule monthly “face-to-face” meetings to offer guidance and support to ensure academic success in high school and beyond. Scholars and mentors form long-term, meaningful relationships that positively impact the success of our scholars.