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ERIC Number: ED446540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
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At-Risk Student Perceptions of the Value of Their Freshman Orientation Week Experiences.
Erikson, Lisa
This paper describes the impact of one college's Freshman Orientation Week (FOW) just prior to the fall semester as the first component of an academic achievement and retention enhancement program for at-risk students, The Learning Circle (TLC). TLC provided cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and literacy training in five areas: basic skills literacy, specialized skills literacy, cultural literacy, multicultural literacy, and composite world literacy. During FOW, students lived together and met with a personal learning specialist. TLC included weekly group meetings with the program director, peer mentoring, and study groups. Data were collected via written assessments of what students felt they could and could not handle during the semester and strengths and weaknesses of the program. The FOW developed a strong sense of solidarity among 23 participating students and between these students and participating faculty and administrators. This solidarity and initial bonding helped integrate students into the academic, dormitory, and campus life throughout the semester. All 23 students felt they would be more successful academically and socially following the FOW. They all finished the fall semester, and 91 percent preregistered for the spring semester. Their mean fall semester grade point average was 2.3. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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