ERIC Number: ED363178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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New Student Orientation: Student Assessment of a Program's Content.
Stripling, William R.; Hinck, Cheryl L.
A survey completed by 105 incoming college freshmen at Arkansas State University evaluated the new student orientation program. The orientation program consisted of the following activities and sessions: President's Reception, Playfair (an icebreaker), Meet the Dean, Tips from the Professor, Greek Life Picnic, Student Services/Educational Sessions, Community Fair, and various social functions. The evaluation survey included questions presented in rating scale format and two open-ended questions that asked students what they liked most about the program and solicited their comments or concerns. Findings indicated that: (1) orientation schedules and brochures mailed to students beforehand were perceived as useful; (2) 90 percent of the students who attended orientation indicated it was worth attending, and over 95 percent would recommend it to all new students; (3) use of special buttons to identify information givers at orientation sessions was considered helpful; (4) student interest and attendance in a movie in the school's ballroom and a dance in the Convocation Center was low; and (5) overall, students indicated they understood the school better and were more excited about attending after the orientation. Tables detail responses to each question by sex and racial identification. The report's appendix contains the orientation survey and a summary of written comments. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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