Date Approved

7-23-2008

Embargo Period

3-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

Mentoring in education--New Jersey; Universities and colleges--New Jersey--Administration

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions and attitudes of selected members of the 2007/08 Dr. Harley E. Flack Female Mentoring Program, Ujima, at Rowan University. The sample of 160 was divided into three groups. Group one consisted of 90 lower division and transfer female students. Group two consisted of 20 upper division female students. Finally, group three consisted of 50 female faculty, staff, and administrators.

The subjects provided data through a survey and an interview. The survey obtained background information, attitudes of the subjects toward the academic support services provided by Ujima, and the impact on academic achievement and social development of female members. The interviews solicited information from the current students, faculty, and staff members about various aspects of the program and recommendations for improvement.

Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Findings suggested a need for improvement of the Ujima program. Students disagreed that Ujima helped support their personal, social, and/or academic needs. Additionally, they reported having difficulty establishing meaningful relationships with other members and mentors. Furthermore, subjects indicated problems with frequent and timely communication and a lack of sponsored activities designed to meet their developmental needs.

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