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PREPARING FOR SUCCESS
A Complete Overhaul of
New Student Orientation
Brittany Naylor & Matt Painter
McCoy College of Busin...
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• ~ 39,000 students overall
• ~ 3,800 graduate students
• ~ 400 business graduate students
• Four programs, now six as o...
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Enrollment Trends
• MBA PT: Declining
• MBA FT: Slight Decline
• Master of Accountancy: Flat
• MS Accounting/Info. Tech:...
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New Student Orientation (NSO)
GOAL:
Empower new students with
resources for success in
graduate school
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Previous NSO Structure
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McCoy Graduate Bootcamp
• Vision of new Associate Dean for
Graduate Programs (2014)
• Entirely new structure
• Coincided...
7
Bootcamp: Expanded Goals
• Establishing relationships with peers,
faculty, and staff
• Enhanced self-awareness
• Attempt...
8
Planning & Prep
• Starts early…really, really early
• Many hands make for light lifting
• First time is more of a challe...
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McCoy Bootcamp
Components/Activities
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Bootcamp Components/Activities
• “Fire & Brimstone” talk
• MGSA-sponsored social
• Breakout Orientation sessions
(progr...
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Bootcamp Components/Activities
• Networking: pre-, post-, during
• Team Building (x2)
• Presentation Skills training
• ...
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Budget
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Budget
• Can be done for $0 (or close to it)
• Leverage existing resources
• Faculty
• Staff
• Student volunteers
• Oth...
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Post-Event Survey
• Good touchpoint for new students
• Gauge pre- and post-event attitudes
• Be brave: Subjective comme...
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Best Practices
• Use volunteers
• Be generous with swag
• Don’t feel like you have to be super
creative or reinvent the...
17
Best Practices
• Really leverage on-campus
resources/other departments
• VIP invites
• Don’t apologize if framed as “ma...
18
WHY??
• Invest in your students at a critical time in
their graduate journey
• Sets the stage for next ____ months
• Pr...
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Questions
Thank You!
Brittany Naylor
bnaylor@txstate.edu
Graduate Academic Advisor, McCoy College of Business
Matthew Painter
mpaint...
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Preparing for Success: New Student Orientation

  1. 1. PREPARING FOR SUCCESS A Complete Overhaul of New Student Orientation Brittany Naylor & Matt Painter McCoy College of Business Office of Graduate Programs
  2. 2. 2 • ~ 39,000 students overall • ~ 3,800 graduate students • ~ 400 business graduate students • Four programs, now six as of Fall 2019 • MBA (FT & PT) • Master of Accountancy • MS Accounting/IT • MS Human Resource Management • MS Data Analytics • MS Marketing Research Overview of Texas State/McCoy
  3. 3. 3 Enrollment Trends • MBA PT: Declining • MBA FT: Slight Decline • Master of Accountancy: Flat • MS Accounting/Info. Tech: Flat • MS HR Management: Flat • MS Data Analytics: New/very popular • MS Marketing Research: New/popular
  4. 4. 4 New Student Orientation (NSO) GOAL: Empower new students with resources for success in graduate school
  5. 5. 5 Previous NSO Structure
  6. 6. 6 McCoy Graduate Bootcamp • Vision of new Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2014) • Entirely new structure • Coincided with first MBA Cohort class • Implemented Fall 2015
  7. 7. 7 Bootcamp: Expanded Goals • Establishing relationships with peers, faculty, and staff • Enhanced self-awareness • Attempt to address known areas of weakness that are not currently a part of the academic curriculum
  8. 8. 8 Planning & Prep • Starts early…really, really early • Many hands make for light lifting • First time is more of a challenge • Risk too much communication • Charts! ☺
  9. 9. 9
  10. 10. 10 McCoy Bootcamp Components/Activities
  11. 11. 11 Bootcamp Components/Activities • “Fire & Brimstone” talk • MGSA-sponsored social • Breakout Orientation sessions (program-specific) • Faculty Panel • Personality Assessment
  12. 12. 12 Bootcamp Components/Activities • Networking: pre-, post-, during • Team Building (x2) • Presentation Skills training • Financial Aid options • Strengths Finder 2.0 • Alumni Panel
  13. 13. 13 Budget
  14. 14. 14 Budget • Can be done for $0 (or close to it) • Leverage existing resources • Faculty • Staff • Student volunteers • Other campus departments with a vested interest in grad student success • Estimated budget for our event: • Appx $2,500 (excluding staff time)
  15. 15. 15 Post-Event Survey • Good touchpoint for new students • Gauge pre- and post-event attitudes • Be brave: Subjective comments make future events better • How to get relevant feedback
  16. 16. 16 Best Practices • Use volunteers • Be generous with swag • Don’t feel like you have to be super creative or reinvent the wheel
  17. 17. 17 Best Practices • Really leverage on-campus resources/other departments • VIP invites • Don’t apologize if framed as “mandatory” • Little failures don’t matter if it leads to future improvements…have a long game
  18. 18. 18 WHY?? • Invest in your students at a critical time in their graduate journey • Sets the stage for next ____ months • Preempt the questions you hate answering over, and over, and over, and • Reduced attrition (?)
  19. 19. 19 Questions
  20. 20. Thank You! Brittany Naylor bnaylor@txstate.edu Graduate Academic Advisor, McCoy College of Business Matthew Painter mpainter@txstate.edu MBA Program Director, McCoy College of Business

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