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ERIC Number: EJ833916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
Examining the Impact of a Comprehensive Approach to Student Orientation
Hollins, Thomas N., Jr.
Inquiry, v14 n1 p15-27 Spr 2009
Perhaps one of the most underemphasized strategies for achieving student success within the community college is the development and implementation of an intentional, comprehensive approach to orienting new students to the college environment. Orientation can be considered as any effort by an institution to help students make a successful transition from their previous environment into the collegiate experience. The goals for such programs may include academic preparation, personal adjustment, and increasing awareness of students and parents during the transition process. Although orientation programs have been part of the higher-education landscape for more than one century, it was not until recent decades that these types of programs have gained in popularity and numbers. Institutions of higher education realize the value of these programs in addressing transitional issues for the many types of students enrolling in higher education. In this article, the author presents research on the benefits of providing students with more than one form of orientation to college. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia