ERIC Number: ED218999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-16
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the Continuing Orientation Course (LA 297 B) Offered for Social Security Students During the 1982 Spring Term, The Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus.
DeWitt, Robert C.
A continuing orientation course offered by Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus, for "social security students" during the 1982 spring term is reviewed in terms of course content, student characteristics, the use of undergraduate group facilitators, the grading system, and students' evaluations of the course. The course was offered for early admissions students in reaction to President Reagan's announcement that students would not be eligible for social security benefits unless they were enroll full-time at a college or university by May 1, 1982. The course covered time management, self-assessment/university orientation, listening skills, notetaking, textbook reading, preparing for exams, library orientation, decision making/goal setting, mid-term, alcohol awareness, student organizations, career planning, human sexuality, and financial aid/registration. Students were asked to write a brief autobiography about themselves and were required to research an occupation of interest and to document qualifications and other pertinent information. A term project and group meetings and projects were also components of the course. Six sophomore undergraduates served as group facilitators. It was found that 40 of the 48 students had a cumulative average of 2.0 or above and 16 had a cumulative average of 3.0 or above. Information is presented on student opinions regarding: course scheduling, majors, sources of academic information, money, housing, social activities, extracurricular programs, and miscellaneous concerns such as health care. Data on educational background and academic and occupational aspirations for the students are also presented. A course syllabus, sample course test, and course evaluation results are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Career Planning, College Admission, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Early Admission, Grading, Higher Education, School Orientation, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Financial Aid, Study Habits
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., Monaca. Beaver Campus.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security