Establishment of specific mentoring outcome measures will permit the College or Department mentoring committee to evaluate the program and make necessary revisions to future planning. A midpoint evaluation of a mentoring relationship ensures that things are moving smoothly and that the needs of the mentor and the mentee are being met.
At completion of mentoring, outcome measures can be established which are specific, measurable, attainable, and relevant to the department or school’s mentoring program. These might include percent faculty retention at five years of service, numbers of publications, grants applied, grants received, total annual grant dollars, teaching awards, regional and national organization involvement, annual faculty satisfaction rates, and leadership positions attained both locally and nationally.
In formal mentoring programs, a recommended timeline for the mentoring relationship may be recommended. If the mentoring pair feels they have met the goals of the mentee at an earlier time point, the formal mentoring relationship can be concluded. This should become a time to review and celebrate mentoring successes.