Bepko Learning Center: Academic Support

The development of new mentoring programs also took place at the Bepko Learning Center (Bepko) in 2001 as Mark Minglin, the executive director of academic support programs, sought to expand the center’s available services. Minglin created the tutoring and success coaching components of Bepko, which already housed an academic mentoring service. Each of these three programs are based on a peer-mentor model, they serve different purposes to best fit the needs of students.

Bepko’s mentors in the tutoring component help students who are struggling with specific courses IUPUI offers. Frequently, the mentors are students who have done well in these courses themselves. “We have a list of 82 courses that we are currently targeting,” explains Minglin, “The courses are selected based on the number of students who have received poor grades or withdrawn from them.”

Success coaching is an equally valuable component of Bepko’s work. Minglin says, “Success coaching is for students who have not done well in a semester or need help with goal-setting or time-management skills.” The goal of success coaching is to provide students with the support and resources they need to succeed. Minglin adds, “If a student is struggling with a course outside of our targeted curriculum, we can also match them with a tutor from our network.”

Bepko Learning Center's front desk in 2009.
The 2010 OTEAM makes a human pyramid in the Taylor Hall Courtyard.
Members of the 2016 OTEAM.
Students awaiting instruction during Summer Bridge 2015.
Attendees of the 2014 National Mentoring Symposium find their workshops in IUPUI's Campus Center.
2010 National Mentoring Symposium attendees "cheer" during lunch.

The Importance of Mentors

The university’s commitment to student success can be seen with other mentoring initiatives around campus. “The programs have grown a lot over a relatively short period of time,” notes David Sabol, “but they have maintained their quality by providing extensive training and support for the students who participate in them.”

For each program on campus that uses peer mentors, the goal of mentor-mentee relationships is multifaceted. Mentors provide support on personal and professional levels for their students by having conversations about their present goals and future aspirations.

Having a mentor drastically changed my life. I likely would not be in college without that guidance. Now, I want to provide that support for my students.

Cody Ellis, First-Year Seminar Mentor

Opportunities for Mentorship

Mentoring programs across IUPUI’s campus have expanded exponentially since the first peer mentors were selected back in 1992. Today, over 300 students serve as mentors throughout many campus programs (eight listed below), and the process of becoming a mentor is highly competitive.

IUPUI Mentor Programs:

  1. Summer Bridge
  2. First-Year Seminar (FYS)
  3. OTEAM
  4. 21st Century Scholars
  5. The Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC)
  6. International Peer Mentoring Program
  7. The Bepko Learning Center
  8. Diversity, Enrichment, and Achievement Program (DEAP)

With so many opportunities for mentorship, it’s easy to find one that’s a fit for the individual interests of any student who finds value in guiding other students on the path to success.

For more information, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education Office of Communications at