ERIC Number: ED334883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), College Freshmen, Coping, Course Content, Decision Making, First Year Seminars, Guidelines, Higher Education, Research and Development, School Guidance, School Orientation, Student College Relationship, Student Welfare
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
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Center for the Study of the Freshman Year Experience.
Note: For other titles in this series, see HE 024 673-677.