When it comes to university success, the guidance of a mentor can provide students with what they need to reach graduation and their professional goals. Gloria Crisp, an Oregon State professor of education, discovered this on her educational journey and has spent her career pursuing student success through mentorship.

Here's an excerpt from the article "Gloria Crisp's Award-Winning Research helps Develop the best in Others" by Gregg Kleiner:

"Gloria Crisp grew up in Houston, Texas, with parents who told their daughter in no uncertain terms that she would go to college. But it had to be a community college, she said, and Gloria had to get a scholarship to attend.

'So I did just that: I found a community college that gave me a scholarship – for dance, because I was a dancer,” says Crisp. “I didn’t even consider any other options, because I didn’t have any mentors helping me.'

Although her mother had never gone to college, she was her daughter’s primary mentor as Crisp embarked on her higher-education journey. Crisp attended several different community colleges around Houston, selecting class times that fit her work schedule as she juggled multiple jobs to pay for college."