ERIC Number: ED401949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-2
An Orientation Curriculum for Terra Community College.
Kelly, Christine B.
In 1996, Ohio's Terra Community College undertook a project to substantiate the need for a comprehensive orientation program and to develop such a program, including a pre-college session and a college orientation class. Information was gathered through a literature review, suggesting that orientation creates a bond between the student and the institution and helps enhance student retention and persistence to graduation. In addition, orientation needs assessment questionnaires were administered to 544 incoming students between May and September 1996, and 60 surveys were distributed to full-time faculty members, division chairs, and division directors in October. Survey results indicated the following: (1) 91% of students expressed a need for information on scheduling classes, 82 % on student services, and 79% on library services; (2) 77% said they would attend an optional orientation; (3) 64% wanted a general orientation only, while 35% wanted several short orientation sessions on specific topics; (4) of the 18 faculty, chairs, and directors who completed surveys, 16 supported participation in a pre-college seminar; and (5) 15 faculty members indicated that they would consider teaching an orientation class. Based on these findings, a two-facet orientation program was developed, providing a one-day, all-day pre-college orientation session and a quarter-long orientation seminar class. Contains 14 references. Appendixes provide the student survey instrument and sample agenda, promotional materials, and evaluation forms from the orientation program. (HAA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A