Title

Effectiveness of the McNair Scholars Program at Central Washington University from 1992 to 2002

Presenter Information

Pamela Nevar
Ian Buvit

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

McNair Scholars Program, Effectiveness, Graduate Education

Abstract

This study seeks to evaluate the impact of Central Washington University’s (CWU) McNair Scholars Program by comparing alumni participants with non-McNair undergraduate students who attended CWU between 1992 and 2002. Specifically, the study evaluates effectiveness based on four program objectives: (1) completion of mentored undergraduate research; (2) enrollment in a post-baccalaureate degree program in the fall term following graduation from CWU; (3) continued enrollment in a post-baccalaureate degree program at the beginning of the fall term of the following year; and (4) completion of a doctoral degree or PhD within 10 years of graduation from CWU. Study results offer strong support that CWU’s McNair program has fulfilled its objectives beyond expectations as measured by stated program objectives and, with the help of outstanding CWU faculty mentors who serve as advisors and role models and strong administrative support, the program is successfully advancing undergraduate student participants in mentored research, post-baccalaureate education and, ultimately, a doctoral degree for a sizable percentage.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pamela Nevar

Department/Program

McNair Scholars Program

Additional Mentoring Department

McNair Scholars Program

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Effectiveness of the McNair Scholars Program at Central Washington University from 1992 to 2002

SURC 201

This study seeks to evaluate the impact of Central Washington University’s (CWU) McNair Scholars Program by comparing alumni participants with non-McNair undergraduate students who attended CWU between 1992 and 2002. Specifically, the study evaluates effectiveness based on four program objectives: (1) completion of mentored undergraduate research; (2) enrollment in a post-baccalaureate degree program in the fall term following graduation from CWU; (3) continued enrollment in a post-baccalaureate degree program at the beginning of the fall term of the following year; and (4) completion of a doctoral degree or PhD within 10 years of graduation from CWU. Study results offer strong support that CWU’s McNair program has fulfilled its objectives beyond expectations as measured by stated program objectives and, with the help of outstanding CWU faculty mentors who serve as advisors and role models and strong administrative support, the program is successfully advancing undergraduate student participants in mentored research, post-baccalaureate education and, ultimately, a doctoral degree for a sizable percentage.