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Educational Specialist (EdS)
Department of Graduate Psychology
The success and retention of low socioeconomic status or minority college students is a continued goal of higher education institutions. James Madison University is no exception. The Diversity Mission at JMU attempts to address both student recruitment and retention. A program titled the Centennial Scholars Program was implemented to address these concerns. This program was developed to increase the number of underrepresented students who enroll and graduate from the university. The current research intended to use the information gained through a quantitative measure to obtain a picture of where the Centennial Scholars were when entering the program as a group and as compared to the general JMU population. This research showed that there were similarities between the groups’ profiles. In addition, pre and post qualitative question were used to determine if the Centennial Scholars were satisfied with their mentorship. The results indicated that the majority of students were overall satisfied with their mentorship. This information hopes to contribute to generating guided focus for continued improvement within the mentoring component of the Centennial Scholars Program. The hope is to increase the students’ success while at the same time bringing efficiency and enhanced meaning to mentoring within the Centennial Scholars.
Dragan, Kara Lynn, "Secondary Success Predicting Variables within an Underrepresented Student Population: A Program Needs Assessment" (2010). Educational Specialist. 89.