Mentoring Program For Underrepresented Racial Minority

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Program Evaluation Introduction The mentoring program for underrepresented racial minority (URM) college undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors at Tacoma Community College (TCC) in Tacoma, WA has established short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes. This mentoring program aims to provide support to URMs in STEM majors to increase participant academic performance, confidence and self-efficacy, and sense of belonging within their educational department and the college campus. Furthermore, this mentoring program also aims to increase URM retention and graduation rates within STEM departments at TCC. This evaluation will examine the following questions, which comprise of the mentoring program’s…show more content…
In addition, the mentoring program will be providing stakeholders the skills and confidence to make changes towards social justice for URM college students. Accordingly, the evaluation approach that is most appropriate to use for this evaluation is the participant-oriented, transformative participatory evaluation approach (T-PE) (Cousins & Whitmore, 1998 & Fitzpatrick, Sanders, & Worthen, 2011). Research design. Data will be collected via surveys twice over the period of one academic year and the evaluation questions aim to determine the role of the mentoring program in providing support to its participants. Therefore, descriptive, time-series design is the most appropriate evaluation design for this program evaluation. A key element of descriptive, time-series design is determining a trend or change over time, which includes collecting information on participant status and attitude (Fitzpatrick, et al., 2011 & SDSU, 2014). Participants Program leaders/managers. Mentoring program leaders/managers are comprised of faculty and administrative members from TCC STEM departments. One faculty or administrative member is chosen as lead to oversee all program related activities during the academic year. Mentors. Mentor participants include, but are not limited to, faculty and administrative members from STEM educational departments at TCC, associates from local companies/agencies within the STEM workforce, companies/agencies that offer internships for undergraduate
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