Students Achieve Goals through Education (SAGE) program is one component of Towson University’s cultural diversity and student retention plan. Program resources are used to foster academic achievement, personal development, and campus-wide involvement among new students from diverse backgrounds. The SAGE Learning Community offers first-generation, first year college student mentees peer-to-peer mentorship living arrangements through Housing and Residence Life.
The SAGE program’s original mission continues and has expanded to include any entering freshman who wishes to participate. SAGE program participants are assigned a peer mentor and participate in various activities to improve academic, budget management and decision-making skills. Participants also expand their knowledge of diverse cultural groups, career development strategies, and participate in networking opportunities. The SAGE program fosters academic achievement, encourages campus involvement and provides a sense of belonging for first year underrepresented students.
“I chose Towson University because of SAGE,” Preston said. “This support system is something I didn’t know that I needed as much as I did. That’s the most astounding part—to have a family-like connection to this group of people.”