ERIC Number: ED032031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
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Freshman Development Program. An Orientation Model dealing directly with Student Development.
Record, Albert L.
The entering college freshman needs an orientation program that can provide him with the personal skills--a better understanding of himself and his learning style, development of communication skills--necessary to thrive in the college environment. At the National Conference on Student Stress in 1965, it was estimated that many students leave college without a degree because of emotional, or nonacademic, reasons. In a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsored study to examine the question of student stress, it was found that regional conferences held as part of the study afforded great satisfaction to the participants but had few lasting effects on their campus activities. An orientation model that would solve many of the immediate problems encountered by entering freshmen while fostering a continuing program of student self-help and evaluation is offered for consideration. The model is divided into 3 basic stages: immediate orientation, extended orientation, and continuing student development. The last stage involves establishment of a Student Development Center that would offer sensitivity training, administer the orientation programs, and launch a number of academic and extracurricular activities. A proposal outlining the implementation and evaluation of the orientation is presented. (JS)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Counseling Services, Higher Education, Orientation, Sensitivity Training, Student Development, Student Needs
U.S. National Student Association, 2115 S Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20008 (1-10 copies, Free, over 10, $.15 each)
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Authoring Institution: National Student Education Association, Washington, DC. Center for Educational Reform.