Theses and Dissertations
Using computer-mediated communication as a tool for mentoring to Latina/o sophomore college students
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Jennifer Lemanski
Dr. Cory Cunningham
Dr. Youngjoon Lim
The sophomore year of college can be challenging for many students specifically Latina/o students. New initiatives are being created to increase Latina/o enrollment, retention, and completion of higher education with research indicating Latinas/os are successful academically when they had a mentor or perceived someone on campus cared about them. Mentoring programs use various tools to communicate, but computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools have not been examined in Latina/o peer mentoring relationships.
The current research study examined secondary data to see if Latina/o sophomore college students in a peer mentoring program were academically successful when using CMC to communicate with their mentor. Results were mixed; more students used CMC than face-to-face when communicating with their mentor and those who used CMC had a higher chance of being retained, but GPA was not correlated to CMC use. Additional analysis revealed mentoring to have a significant impact on GPA when compared to non-mentored students.
Peden, Carly C., "Using computer-mediated communication as a tool for mentoring to Latina/o sophomore college students" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 79.
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