Increasing the number of students who persist and successfully graduate from college is a pressing matter for all universities and colleges across the nation. One of the tools to achieve this outcome is mentoring. Mentoring can help students feel more connected at their institution, persist to degree completion, and successfully transition from academia into the work force and/or graduate school. According to a Campbell and Campbell 1997 study, students who have mentors tend to have higher GPAs and are more likely to remain in college when compared to other students with a similar academic profile but do not have a mentor.
In this session, program administrators/managers will hear highlights and lessons learned from two formal mentoring programs, which focus mainly on supporting underrepresented undergraduate students attending a STEM institution. Staff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of Minority Education will share proven and promising practices and testimonials that are effective in building a protégé-centered mentoring program that engages faculty, staff, graduate students, postdocs, industry partners, and alumni in mentoring undergraduates from predominately underrepresented groups.