Philbrick, Candace A.; Ph.D.
Program of Human Development, Gerontology;
College of Human Development and Education; North Dakota State University
An Exploration of E-Mentoring Preferences of Master’s Degree Students and Faculty in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance
Major Professor: Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald
E-mentoring preferences of graduate students/faculty were explored through an online graduate program. Data were compiled through online surveys completed by 42 graduate students and 11 faculty members from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Educational Alliance (IDEA). A factor analysis on the Ideal Mentor Scale (IMS) developed by Rose (1999) was conducted. The modified IMS accounted for 59% of the variance in the items of the scale. Faculty teaching lighter loads scored significantly higher on Integrity and Relationship mentor relationships. Female graduate students scored significantly higher on all IMS scales compared to male students. In a regression analysis, the only significant predictor of Integrity scores was being female, where race, age, gender, and distance to the home university were used as predictor variables. Future research with the modified IMS in distance education is suggested.