ERIC Number: ED212342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
The Orientation Course: A First Step toward Retention.
Hoeber, Daniel R.
An Orientation/Self-Management course was developed at Mercy College, Detroit, to reduce the high attrition rate (95%) among conditionally admitted full-time (CAFT) students, i.e., those admitted with less than a "C" average upon high school graduation. The course focused on the student as an adult, vital, growing, and independent person; the college and its offerings, services, policies, and overall context; and the relationship between the student and the college. The course is organized in five clusters, with college administrators and student services professionals teaching units in their areas of expertise. The clusters are: (1) "Goals: Yours and the College's," which addresses the college mission, goal setting, and academic goals; (2) "Reaching Your Academic Goals," which studies and provides guidance on improving student habits, behavior, and skills; (3) "Roadblocks to Reaching Academic Goals," which examines stress, diet, financial problems, and other barriers to academic success; (4) "Knowing and Knowing How to Communicate," which outlines college regulations and teacher and administrator expectations of students; and (5) "Exploring Occupations--the World of Work," which helps students develop realistic career goals. The success of the course is evidenced by the positive response of students and faculty, a large increase in the use of student services offices and facilities, and a 50% drop in the attrition rate of CAFT students. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, High Risk Students, Higher Education, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Small Colleges, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Personnel Services, Supplementary Education, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Student Services (New Orleans, LA, November 13, 1981).