ERIC Number: ED030923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
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Freshman Orientation in the United States Colleges and Universities.
Current freshman orientation practices among U.S. colleges and universities are described and comments upon the degree of concurrence between these practices and an evolving philosophy of freshman orientation are made. Letters requesting copies of orientation programs were sent to a random sample of 160 colleges and universities, divided equally among eight specific categories. Responses were received from 135, of which 110 were usable. These 110 programs were analyzed: (1) to determine the procedures employed to orient new students to those institutions, and (2) in terms of the number of activities in each program classified as "informational,""social,""intellectual," and "mechanical." Comparisons were made among the categories of institutions to determine the significance of observed differences in frequencies of the various categories of activities scheduled on the orientation programs. More than 82% of activities (other than registration and testing) are either informational or social, while intellectual activities account for about 18% of the total number of activities. A summary list indicates differences between categories of institutions in the proportionate emphasis upon information, social, or intellectual activities in orientation. (Author/CJ)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.