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    • Professional Mentoring Program  through Virtual Media:  Challenges and Impact Rana Khan  Arhonda Gogos Heloisa Siffert
    • Agenda UMUC and Biotechnology Professional Science  Master’s (PSM) Program  Mentoring program at UMUC Overview Sustainability  Process Evaluation of the program Program Launch and Results Testimonials Challenges and Future Plans
    • University of Maryland University College UMUC is one of 11 accredited, degree granting  institutions in the University System of Maryland Offers about 15 graduate degree programs  completely online 43% of total students were minority in 2008 In FY2009,>196,000 online course enrollments
    • Biotechnology Professional Science Masters (PSM) Program  Interdisciplinary‐ combines rigorous  study in science or mathematics or  technology with skills‐based coursework  in business, management, policy, law or  other fields.  Emphasis on group work involving  employer‐based projects. Strong  emphasis on close ties with the industry  and graduates with well‐rounded skills.
    • Dept of Ed Grant‐Project Model Design, develop and  disseminate a web‐based  mentoring program for UMUC  graduate students threaded  through the curriculum of a  PSM degree program.
    • UMUC DOE Project‐Goal Bridge the gap between  the industry and academia  while supporting the  academic efforts of diverse  students.
    • Features of the Mentoring Model Provides industry guidance to the  student from the onset of the  program Embedded in the program Offered at graduate level Discipline Independent Utilizes Web‐based technologies that  enable easy access and participation,  provide flexibility and easier  management of resources
    • Key Participants Mentees Biotech students Mentors Biotechnology Professionals Mentor Assistants (MA)  Graduates of the program Mentor Assistants Lead (MAL) Graduate of the program
    • Mentoring Process    1. Students in degree program (within  18 credit hours) 2. Apply and are selected for the  mentoring program 3. Assigned a mentor 4. Complete a Professional Action  Plan (PAP) 5. Advised by the mentor with  assistance from a mentor assistant
    • MA/MAL Roles and Responsibilities Mentor recruitment Student selection Application screening Interview Mentor and  Mentee Orientation Reminders and Updates‐encouragement Conflict Resolution Assessment collection 
    • Sustainability of the Model INDUSTRY MENTORS STUDENTS Professional Mentoring Program MENTOR GRADUATES ASSISTANTS
    • Mentoring Platform http://psmmentoring.umuc.edu Public area Project Overview Forms AB Private area
    • Evaluation 1. Semester Assessment Forms for mentors, mentees and MAs – Satisfaction with their interactions – Suggestions for improvement  – Recommendations on curriculum changes 2. Comparison between mentees and non participants: – Semester GPAs  – Course completion  (courses taken vs. successfully completed)  – Capstone project performance  – Time to degree completion 3. Within the group of mentees, look for trends across: – Specializations – Demographics 4. Follow mentees’ careers after graduation
    • Participants Profile 31 pairs of mentors‐mentees completed the Spring 2010 semester.       15 mentees  joined the mentoring program in Fall 09 and 16 in Spring 10. Mentor Affiliation 25 20 15 # of mentors (n=31) 10 5 0 Self employed Private sector Academia G overnment
    • Participants Profile G e nd e r 25 20 # o f m e n te e s 15 (n =3 1 ) 10 # o f me n to rs (n =3 1 ) 5 0 Male F em ale
    • Grades from Spring 2010 Grade distribution for participants vs. non‐participants Grade distribution: % classes per grade for Spring 10 50.0 40.0 % classes 30.0 For participants (n=61) 20.0 For non-participants (n=405) 10.0 0.0 A B C P F FN W I grade Average semester GPA for: Average course completion for: Participants 3.62 (n=26) Participants 83% (n=30) Non‐participants 3.18 (n=181) Non‐participants 79% (n=220) Not a significant difference according to z‐test Significant difference according to t‐test (confidence level 96.5%)
    • Sample of Program Assessments 25 of 31 mentees and 19 of 31 mentors responded to the questionnaire. The mentor is helping the mentee develop a long-term plan for career development or career change. 12 10 # participants 8 mentees (N=25) 6 mentors (N=19) 4 2 0 Agree Slightly Disagree Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree Slightly Agree Disagree
    • Sample of Program Assessments  The mentor broadened the mentee's view of the biotechnology field (e.g. shared current developments, introduced them to new career possibilities). 14 12 # of participants 10 8 mentees (N=25) 6 mentors (N=19) 4 2 0 Agree Slightly Disagree Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree Slightly Agree Disagree Overall, how would you rate the mentoring program at this point in time? 14 12 # of participants 10 8 mentees (N=25) 6 mentors (N=19) 4 2 0 Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
    • Sample Suggestions‐Program Assessments  Mentees • Provide guidelines or helpful suggestions as to what  the mentees should be learning/accomplishing. • Have webcasts about the mentors: how they got into  the industry, their background and current projects. Mentors • Facilitate interaction with other mentors/mentees. • Better pairings: improve questionnaires for  mentors/mentees; involve mentors/mentees in the  process.
    • Mentee Testimonials What do you like best about the program? “I like that it gives me a reason to stop procrastinating  about my career/educational future.” “The opportunity to … get a sense of what businesses  are actually involved in and what opportunities exist.” “The networking aspects and how I have learned  a lot  about the industry that is not taught in the classes.” “That I can acquire information regarding my concerns  about working in the field of biotechnology, a field that I  have no experience in...”
    • Challenges and Future Plans Challenges • Recruiting more mentors (alumni) • Recruiting more students • Document issues and implement recommendations • Compatible pairing of the mentor‐mentee Future Plans • Ensuring a consistent level of interaction between the  mentor and student • Collecting and analyzing data • Dissemination and Expansion to other programs
    • Acknowledgements Deb Schroeder Sarah Pick Yulia Nemchinova Ranee Rotter Garth Gerstein Aparna Gurugunti Mentoring Program Website http://psmmentoring.umuc.edu/ Contact rkhan@umuc.edu Questions?