ERIC Number: ED364274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-12
Reference Count: N/A
Orientation at the Community College: Sometimes, One Size Does Not Fit All.
Fullerton, Faye E.; Hays, Ina
In spring 1992, a group of faculty and staff at East Central College (ECC) in Union, Missouri, met to reconsider the school's orientation process, which had had limited success since its inception in 1987. The group developed a list of objectives for the orientation process and grouped them under the headings of skills, awareness, involvement, and evaluation. After meeting with all employee groups on campus, a final program design was developed. The final design included six components: (1) freshman assessment, whereby students are introduced to key people on campus, complete assessment instruments scored on the premises, and meet with an advisor or faculty member to verify correct placement in courses; (2) an All-Campus Orientation Day on the day before classes begin, involving meetings with academic advisors, simultaneous presentations throughout the day, pre-registration, a picnic lunch, and games; (3) early intervention, whereby at-risk students receive warnings during the fifth week of the term; (4) required assignments including a word processed essay in which the student introduces him/herself and describes his/her initial educational experiences at ECC; (5) an Advisement Seminar held during the last half of the semester for students to work out the next semester's schedule of classes and make individual advisement appointments; and (6) Adult Re-Entry Orientation, a special four-day, free orientation for adults considering attending ECC. The program is evaluated by students as well as by faculty and staff. An Orientation Day agenda and sample program budget are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Counseling, Guidance Objectives, Participant Satisfaction, Program Costs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Student Personnel Services, Student School Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: East Central College MO
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Missouri Community College Association (Springfield, MO, November 11-12, 1993).