ERIC Number: ED374868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Freshman Orientation: A Comparison of Five-Week Versus Ten-Week Sessions.
Ozaki, Roger H.
At DeKalb College in Clarkston, Georgia, freshman orientation classes are conducted by the counseling and student personnel staff who present information about career planning, study skills, student activities, college regulation, student seminars, drugs, program planning, and library seminars. Classes meet for 10 hours per quarter. During summer quarter, beginning freshmen were given the option of attending 5 hours of summer orientation sessions with the fall quarter orientation last 5, rather than the traditional 10 weeks. A study was conducted to determine whether the needs of students were satisfied by the orientation classes, and if there were differences between the evaluations of freshmen in the 5-week classes as compared to those in the 10-week classes. Approximately 1,300 freshmen evaluated the classes at the final class session. In general, student evaluations of the 5-week sections were more positive than evaluations of the 10-week sections. For example, 91.5% of the freshmen in the 5-week course felt that the program planning session was essential or very important for the beginning freshmen, while 71.5% of the freshmen in the 10-week classes felt the same. The career planning sessions were considered essential or very important by 70.8% of the 5-week sample and 56.4% of the 10-week sample. Drug information and study skills sessions appeared to be the least effective. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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