An analysis of mentoring traits and themes influential in the retention of minority students at the United States Naval Academy
Laurence, Janice H.
Thomas, Gail Fann
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This study was designed to examine mentoring of minority midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Mentoring has long been practiced in the business world to introduce new employees to their new assignments, positions, or jobs. This study searched for the effects of mentoring on Black and White male midshipmen and examined the distinguishing features that make mentoring a positive experience for the mentor and protgÌ Ì alike. Additionally, this study looked at the features of mentoring that may influence minority midshipmen to remain at the USNA and in the United States Navy as well. Focus groups with over 50 participants were conducted and content analyzed for reliable themes. Although there seems to be mistrust of faculty and staff, upperclassmen are an invaluable and sought after source of specific information. Further, minorities especially seek networks such as sports teams and "Black" clubs for support. In such homogeneous networks, minority midshipmen are less likely to feel vulnerable or inadequate when seeking information.
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