Date of Award

7-1-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Josephine Bradley

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Twining

Abstract

This research study was conducted over the course of a year and a half. Theresearcher attempted to draw parallels between mentorship, student satisfaction, and retention. The researcher surveyed 40 African-American students at a predominantly white university (PWI) in Pennsylvania. The 40 African-American students were divided into two groups of 20 with students assigned to a mentoring program at the university and the other 20 remained as general members of the student body. The goal of the survey was to garner the levels of satisfaction experienced by African-American students pertaining to a number of issues that make up their student experience and how that relates to their re-enrollment. The results of both groups surveys were compared to demonstrate the impact, or lack thereof, of mentorship on satisfaction, academic success, their re-enrollment. The conclusion drawn from the findings of this research indicate mentorship has little impact on the satisfaction levels of African-American students at Kappa State University.

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