ERIC Number: ED323443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Various Types of Orientation Programming upon Freshman Academic Performance and Reaction to College.
Rice, Robert; Thomas, William
A quasi-experimental design using four matched groups of 88 students each of entering college freshmen investigated the question of whether increasing exposure to different types of orientation programming would have any effect upon freshman academic performance and reaction to college. The types of orientation included: (1) traditional orientation with fall term pre-registration orientation program; (2) fall and summer orientation program; (3) fall and summer orientation and first term of an extended course taught by underclassmen; and (4) fall and summer orientation, first term of the extended course and a one-credit hour university seminar course. Results indicated that freshmen who participated in each of the four types of orientation programming did not differ significantly on the 19 subcategories of the Student Reaction to College Survey. However, individual analysis of the items showed that students who participated in all four orientation programs were significantly more involved with faculty, were more informed about their progress in courses, reacted more favorably to registration, and were less likely to drop classes than were students in other orientation groups. However, students with full exposure to orientation programming expressed greater dissatisfaction with the quality of student/faculty interaction and were significantly more critical of the supportive aspects of the college and faculty. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Western Regional Conference of the Freshman Year Experience (Irvine, CA, January 29-31, 1989).