Online vs. in-person college preparation mentoring program

Research Study

Organization: University of Massachusetts Lowell



We are recruiting participants for a study to compare the effectiveness of online mentoring vs. in-person mentoring. High school students on the autism spectrum who plan to go to college in the next year or two will receive mentoring through the “HORIZONS” College Preparation Mentoring Program either on the UMass Lowell campus (in-person), or through Google Hangouts (online). Participants will meet with their mentor (a trained UMass Lowell student) once a week for an hour, for eight weeks at a time convenient to them. Participants do not have to be considering UMass Lowell as one of the colleges they are planning to attend. Horizons is designed to help high school students on the autism spectrum learn more about college and feel more confident about attending college in the future. The program curriculum includes topics such as “Why go to college?”; “What will a typical college day look like?”; “How do I manage my time at college?” etc. The study will start in early October 2018.

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