ERIC Number: ED351622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
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Orientation for Nontraditional Students: A Student-Centered Approach.
Conover, Susan; And Others
The orientation program of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education at The University of Georgia for nontraditional students has two primary goals. The first goal is to provide information that will help students make a successful transition to college; second, to provide opportunities for students to meet each other and campus personnel in an environment which fosters a sense of community and belonging. This is very important for nontraditional students, many of whom are apprehensive about beginning or returning to college. The orientation program, which lasts about 2 hours, includes a reception, welcome and introductions, student/faculty panel, campus orientation, University Evening Class orientation, student services needs assessment, and program evaluation. The "Keys for Success" for this program fall into three categories: (1) preparation, including: clearly defined goals, familiarity with student characteristics and needs, familiarity with campus and community resources, and planning, organization, and rehearsal; (2) program design and implementation, including: convenient date and time, welcoming atmosphere, opportunities for informal dialogue, a program component guaranteed to be a success, pertinent information, variety of methods to disseminate information, flexibility, appropriate program length, and carefully selected program presenters; and (3) program evaluation, including: formal and informal evaluation and post-program planning. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Georgia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Atlanta, GA, March 15-20, 1991).