ERIC Number: ED022413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-18
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of a Pre-Freshman Orientation Program on Academic Progress. Final Report.
Rising, Edward J.
A two-week orientation program designed to acquaint pre-freshman engineering students with material relevant to their subsequent curriculum was successful in boosting the students' chances for survival in both engineering and other academic programs. Verified by carefully drawn samples from three separate entering classes, it was found that the program increases by over 50 percent a student's chances of remaining enrolled in engineering at the beginning of his sophomore year, doubles his chances of receiving an engineering degree in ten semesters, and increases by almost 50 percent his chances of obtaining some degree. Judging from indirect evidence, the program is effective because it causes the student to re-evaluate his role and responsibility in future academic life. Further experimental work to measure such attitudinal changes is needed. The number of students participating in the program does not seem to affect its outcome. It is felt that to meet its own objectives, the program can be no shorter than two weeks. (Author/JS).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Basic Engineering.
Identifiers: University of Massachusetts