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ERIC Number: ED334883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
The Freshman Orientation Seminar: A Research-Based Rationale for Its Value, Delivery, and Content. The Freshman Year Experience. Monograph Series No. 4.
Cuseo, Joseph B.
This report provides a conceptual framework for guiding decisions regarding the administrative delivery and course content of the freshman orientation seminar. The proposed framework relies heavily on empirical evidence generated by college-level research in the areas of student retention, student learning and academic achievement, and student development. The report proposes and discusses 10 guidelines for course administration and 7 topics for course content. It is noted that such guidelines may be especially relevant today because the alarmingly high rate of attrition among first-year students makes an effective freshman year orientation seminar more critically important than ever. Among the guidelines present are: (1) that institutions should offer a full-semester freshman course, i.e, "student adjustment" or "student success" course; (2) the orientation course should be conducted as a credit-earning course; (3) college faculty should be involved; (4) small class sizes should be adopted by using multiple sessions; and (5) upper-class students should be used as counselors or peer mentors. Among the suggestions for course content are: areas involving self-concept and self-esteem; problem solving and decision making skills development; learning skills and strategies; and interpersonal relations. Contains 117 references. (GLR)
National Resource Center for The Freshman Year Experience, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Center for the Study of the Freshman Year Experience.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For other titles in this series, see HE 024 673-677.