This white paper, commissioned by the College Reading and Learning Association, examines the increasing prevalence and influence of peer education on college campuses through a terminological study of the peer educator role. In doing so, we offer a comprehensive and unifying understanding of the scope of service and leadership of peer educators, discuss best practices for developing peer education programs, and explore the future of the field of peer education. This paper attempts to answer several key questions:

  • How do scholars and practitioners define and use the terms peer educationand peer educator?
  • What does this suggest about the nature of peer education and the role of peer educators in college student success
  • What is the future of peer education in higher education?


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