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Philosophy of UNT's Orientation Program Fall 2011

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  • Basic Premise: As students are integrated into and become more interdependent with both the academic and social elements of a college or university, the probability they will leave the institution declines. (Attrition is a function on congruency)Pascarella and Tererenzi (1980) stated this congruency is positively related to the time spent at the institution and is especially critical during the freshman year.Congruency also involves a student feeling like their own motivations, drive, and academic abilities match the academic and social characteristics of the institution.It states that students come to college with a set of predisposing factors (e.g., skills, attributes). These factors interact with the extent to which students integrates themselves socially and academically. Greater integration in these two areas increases the likelihood that a student will remain in college. Academic integration, or engagement, plays a particularly significant role in students‟ decisions to remain in college. Tinto (1975, 1987, 1993) includes academic performance and interactions with faculty and staff as elements of connection to the academic system leading to academic integration.Academic integration Grade / mark performance Personal development -- or does this just mean a student's private judgment on the value of what they are learning (as opposed to official marks / teachers' judgments). "Do you think you are doing well academically?" (Academic self-esteem) Enjoying your subject(s). Enjoying studying your subject(s): i.e. the study patterns required/requested are or are not enjoyable. Social integration How many friends you have. It probably doesn't matter whether you fit with the dominant social crowd, only whether or not you have a group of friends you fit with. Personal contact with academics. In fact, it may be that it is important to measure really small amounts of contact: how many staff know your name, smile at you, ... ("How many staff have you had a personal interaction with, however small?" "How many personal interactions with staff have you had this year?"). "Are you enjoying being at university?" “Finally, involvement, or what has been frequently been described as academic and socialintegration, is a condition for student success (e.g., Astin, 1993; Tinto, 1975, 1987, 1993). The morestudents are academically and socially involved, the more likely they are to persist and graduate. This isespecially true during the first year of study, when student membership is so tenuous yet so critical tosubsequent learning and persistence (Tinto, 2001). Involvement during that year serves as the foundationupon which subsequent affiliations and engagements are built.”http://nces.ed.gov/npec/pdf/Tinto_Pusser_Report.pdf Astin (1993)Tinto (1975 and 2005?):Key piece is the social integration:Social integration How many friends you have. It probably doesn't matter whether you fit with the dominant social crowd, only whether or not you have a group of friends you fit with. Personal contact with academics. In fact, it may be that it is important to measure really small amounts of contact: how many staff know your name, smile at you, ... ("How many staff have you had a personal interaction with, however small?" "How many personal interactions with staff have you had this year?"). "Are you enjoying being at university?"
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    • 1. The Philosophy of UNT’s Orientation Programs Melissa McGuire Orientation and Transition Programs October 14, 2011 Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 2. Do you remember yourorientation experience? Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 3. Background• 96% of institutions have an orientation program. – Most are geared toward freshmen, but increasingly transfers are required to attend. – Number of days: • 23.13% - 1 day program • 23.13% - 2 day program • 22.5% - 3+ day program Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 4. Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS)• Orientation programs should: • Facilitate transition • Prepare students for educational opportunities and student responsibilities • Initiate the integration of new students to the intellectual, cultural, and social climate • Support parents and guardians Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 5. Theories that Guide Practice• Theory of Student Departure (Tinto, 1975) – Academic Integration • Identification with academic norms and values • Identification with ones role as a student – Social Integration • Personal contacts/interactions• Involvement Theory (Astin, 1993) Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 6. Theories Cont.• Ultimately, the more students are academically and socially involved (integration), the more likely they are to persist and graduate. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 7. Existing Research• Existing research on orientation: – Embedded within research on first-year programs, seminars, or learning communities – Findings not widely disseminated – Impact on student outcomes rarely assessed empirically – Few Empirical studies found: • Orientation strongly influences expectations of college • Orientation improves adjustment, rates of performance, retention, and graduation Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 8. Orientation Trends• In the last 10 years, orientation programs: – Include more time geared toward testing, advising, and learning about the academic culture. – Utilize technology – Better reflect changing demographics (drive ins, online, etc.) – Involve parent/family members Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 9. UNT Freshman Orientation• 3-day program (currently) – Key components: • Overnight stay on-campus • Small groups led by current UNT students • Organization Fair • Get Connected • Life on Campus Production • Advising – Guidebook/College Advising – Departmental Advising • Registration Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 10. UNT Transfer Orientation• ½ day – 1 day program – Key components: • Advising • Registration Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 11. UNT Online Orientation• BAAS programs in PACS and COI and transient students – Key components: • Traditions • Virtual resource fair • Financial Aid/Registration Information • Advising modules with text and videos – Once through videos, students get advised through WIMBA or over phone. • 100% on quizzes move students to next module Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 12. UNT Parent Orientation• Freshman Parent Orientation – 3-day program; runs concurrently with freshman orientation. – Student and parent only together periodically. – Key components: • Opportunity to connect with other parents and UNT staff and faculty • Academic Dean Session • College Success Session • Life on Campus (attend with student) • Student Services Session Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 13. How We Measure Success• Yield• Evaluative data*• Word of mouth Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 14. Methodology• 36 item instrument (5-point Likert scale)• Distributed by Orientation Leader and completed prior to check out• n=2427• 61.5% response rate• Surveys scanned into SPSS for descriptive analysis and non-parametric tests of significance Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 15. Respondents by School or CollegeSchool or College Frequency Valid %College of Arts & Sciences 796 33.4College of Business 306 12.8College of Public Affairs & Community Service 110 4.6College of Education 176 7.4College of Engineering 235 9.9College of Information 8 0.3Mayborn School of Journalism 88 3.7School of Merchandising & Hospitality Management 75 3.1College of Music 165 6.9College of Visual Arts & Design 175 7.3Undergraduate Studies 249 10.4TOTAL 2383* 100*44 did not respond to this question. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 16. Overall Gender 0, 0% 0, 0% 1098, 45 % Male1329, 55 Female % Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 17. Overall EthnicityEthnic Group Number of Valid % RespondentsAfrican American 377 15.5American Indian 42 1.7Asian/Pacific Islander 145 6.0Hispanic 528 21.8Non-Resident 16 0.7Other 6 0.2White 1313 54.1Total 2427 100 Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 18. Overall FindingsStatement MeanOrientation helped me understand the importance of college. 4.12I received valuable academic advising from my college/school. 4.35I understand the tuition payment process and will be able to 3.89navigate this process in the future.I now understand my responsibilities as a UNT student in the 4.33area of INTEGRITY.I now understand my responsibilities as a UNT student in the 4.36area of CONDUCT.I now understand my responsibilities as a UNT student in the 4.29FINANCIAL OBLIGATION area. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 19. Overall FindingsStatement MeanOrientation provided me with information about academic 4.40policies, procedures, and requirements.Orientation provided me with sufficient information to 4.34make well-reasoned and well-informed choices.The orientation program provided me with the 4.39information about student services and programs that arerelevant to me.I am now familiar with the campus layout and feel that I 3.37can comfortably navigate my way around campus.The orientation program provided opportunities for me to 4.24interact with faculty, staff, and continuing students.The orientation program provided opportunities for me to 4.59meet and interact with other new students. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 20. Overall FindingsStatement MeanI know what resources are available to me regarding 4.16CAREER DEVELOPMENT.I know what resources are available to me regarding 4.29ACADEMIC SUPPORT.I know what resources are available to me regarding 4.04PERSONAL HEALTH.I know what resources are available to me regarding 4.04SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS.Orientation offered programs that explored the transition 4.00issues affecting me.Attending orientation has helped alleviate anxiety I had 4.04about attending UNT. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 21. Overall FindingsStatement MeanI believe UNT will be supportive of me through my 4.22transition to college.I believe the university cares about my education. 4.40I feel I am joining a community by coming to UNT. 4.42I am well-informed of involvement opportunities on the 4.36UNT campus.I know how to get involved in social and academic 4.36opportunities on the UNT campus.I believe UNT will provide me with a quality education. 4.34 Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 22. Overall FindingsStatement MeanI believe UNT will provide an environment that is 4.51supportive to me.I feel that I can complete my undergraduate degree at UNT 4.39in four years.I now have a better understanding of what will be 4.27expected of me academically at UNT.My advisor takes an interest in my academic well-being. 4.33I know how to reach my advisor throughout the semester. 4.24My advisor provided complete and accurate information 4.00regarding courses, procedures, and requirements. Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 23. Overall FindingsStatement MeanMy advisor assisted me with understanding course options 4.22available to me to fulfill degree requirements.The Advising Guidebook is a valuable tool that I will use in 4.23the future.Having the Advising Guidebook online is helpful. 4.25The information provided in the Academic Success Session 4.24(Advising Guidebook) on the afternoon on day one washelpful.How confident are you on your choice of major? 3.07 Advisor Training Fall 2011
    • 24. Was a 3-day worth it?• Orientation Yield – 2010: 96% – 2011: 97%• Evaluation Increases from 2010: – Orientation program provided opportunities for me to meet and interact with other new students. (4.57 – 4.59) – I feel I am joining a community by coming to UNT. (4.39 – 4.42) – I believe UNT will provide an environment that is supportive to me. (4.41 – 4.51) Advisor Training Fall 2011

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