ERIC Number: ED311801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Orientation Courses: Meeting the Needs of Different Student Populations.
Higbee, Jeanne L.
A model that includes three distinct syllabi for orientation courses for different subgroups of the college or university freshman population is presented. Among the groups with special needs are underprepared students who may be motivated but need skill development, and underachieving students characterized by untapped potential. One means of fostering involvement with university faculty is through participation in small, highly individualized orientation classes with built-in opportunities for one-on-one contact with the professor outside the classroom. A course for underprepared students needing academic and emotional support and skill development might include topics like setting goals and objectives, time management, note taking, reading comprehension, memory, taking exams, decision making, reducing stress, and mathematics anxiety. Courses for underachievers should focus on instilling the desire to learn within each student. Topics for class sessions should include values clarification, career exploration, time management, health and wellness, reducing stress, creativity, and taking control of life. A third orientation course could be offered to freshmen who are not at risk academically. Topics would include adjusting to college life, developmental tasks of late adolescence and early adulthood, health and wellness, and race and gender issues. This course would not have to be as highly structured as the others. Through application of student development theory to practice, orientation courses can better meet the needs of all freshmen. Contains 22 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Student Retention (Chicago, IL, July 1989).