ERIC Number: ED288588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-3
Faculty Mentoring System for Minority Student Retention. Year End Report, 1986-87 Educational Year.
Mendoza, Jose; Samuels, Carl
The Minority Retention Program at Glendale (Arizona) Community College (GCC) recognizes that faculty members can serve as valuable resources to students. Faculty members involved in the program are encouraged to establish on-going contact with assigned minority students and act as personal counselors/mentors. Studies comparing mentored and unmentored minority students, examining the characteristics of financial aid applicants, and assessing the perceptions of faculty mentors and student participants revealed the following: (1) faculty mentoring of minority students had a positive impact on student retention; (2) targeting a specific minority student population made best use of the faculty resources; (3) the risk of attrition was greatest for new, first-time minority students who did not apply for financial aid, indicating that these students would most benefit from future mentoring/retention efforts; and (4) faculty mentors recommended that additional services be provided to minority students, such as community social services information, helping skills, program checklists, and financial aid orientation. The Minority Retention Program report includes information on outcomes expected from the projects, achievement and retention outcomes for mentored and unmentored students and for financial aid applicants, results of a survey of successful minority students conducted to determine attitudes and characteristics, a list of elements considered most important to program success, evaluation methods, results of follow-up studies of students and faculty, project cost information, a proposal for the expansion of the project, and survey instruments. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Glendale Community Coll., AZ.