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ERIC Number: ED513522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-0574-7
Persisting beyond Barriers: Impact of a Mentoring Program on the Retention of African American Students at a Predominately White Florida University
Wright, Tamala S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
This mixed-methods case study examined to what extent mentoring is effective in increasing retention and degree persistence of African American students at a predominantly White university in Florida. Data were collected in two phases. The first phase of the study involved the quantitative data, which entailed collecting data from (a) the selected institution site; and (b) survey responses from the mentees in the mentoring program at the said institution. The second phase of the study included semi-structured follow-up interviews with the African American student participants and the director of the mentoring program. The themes that were developed from the quantitative and qualitative data collection illustrated a positive correlation between mentoring and the retention of the African American students in the study. The results highlight the present and future challenges of African American students at predominantly White universities. The findings of this study will be useful for improving interpersonal relationships between students, faculty and administration, increasing student involvement university-wide, reviewing recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented minorities' students, revising the mentoring program to include culturally diverse curricula, and improving mentoring relationships with students defined as underrepresented minorities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida