Serenca Cline , the senior coordinator, was my interviewee; very knowledgable and very helpful in helping with the development of my portion .
Things covered In Transfer student Orientation:Receive essential information to assist with your transition to Cal State FullertonReceive small group major advising from faculty in your academic collegeConnect with fellow incoming transfer studentsReceive a copy of the class schedule, university catalog and student handbookParticipate in an optional campus tour and/or get your TitanCard (StudentID)Attend a resource fair, highlighting important campus resources and ways to get involved on campus
The NSP office- comprised of several professional and student workers whose work is based on helping with the transition into the college environment. In addition to new student orientation the office is also responsible for things such as campus tours , campus referrals, leadership development and campus refferrals.Academic affairs departments- Each of the departments on campus work closely with the NSP office to ensure that each of the incoming students are on the right track of their decided major.Student affairs- various departments all around campus want to make sure that the new students are made aware of the numerous resources that are made available to them on campus; the new student orientation is the first opportunity for student to be able to find out about the sources and many of the departments make sure that their services are made readily availble for the studentsTrained Orientation leaders- skilled student leaders who are in training from February(used to be October; budget cuts) until school is let out. Trained in the various departments that the school has so that their groups of students will undoubtedly feel satisfied with the answer they receive about any question they have in getting acclimated with the university’s culture.
Strong ties- Each of the academic affairs and student affairs departments are contacted continuously in hopes to gain complete buy-in to participating in the new student orientationsLimited partnerships- Serena Cline mentioned to me that there have been various attempts by outside vendors, community business, etc who would like to be apart of the new student orientation , however she believes that it is pertinent that because this is the first contact that many of the students have with the University that the contact remain in-house without the distraction of outside/private vendors. Thorough advising sessions- the New Student Programs office has worked extensively with the various different academic departments on campus in order to assure that they are available during new student orientations ; each respective department have representatives available at the orientation to help the students with their advising sessions
Cut in time- Due to the masive budget cuts that the university received this year, the time that is made available for orientation leaderhship development had been cut drastically. Orientation leaders for many years had began to start their training for the ensuing summer’s orientations in October. This year the students will not be able to begin their orientation leadership training until february.Cut in skills learned- the amount of skills that each of the leaders will learn will be impacted by the amount of time lost in training. One of the major components of their training that they are losing out on this year is the counseling section of their training. In past years, their had been a professor who was alotted time in their department to come and teach critical counseling skills to all of the students, however this professor has switched departments and up until now, they have not been alotted the time to help in the orientation leadership development program. Serena cline informed me that there is not a large chance that this will be apart of the leadership training this yearHow will it affect the orientation- When I interviewed Serena about how these cuts will affect the program- she was very optimistic. She has said that yes they will have to make drastic changes, but everyone in the department feels confident that they can make a successful change that will still grant the new students a full fledged orientation experience. Are we satisfied- Serena told me that they are a little apprehensive about the overall experience that the student leaders will gain from this experience because of the fact that training will be scaled down so much but she states that past leaders shes spoken to sound very excited about trying to meet and overcome this challenge. She stated that they are very selective in who they pick for student leaders and one of the main criteria that she looks for is the student’s willingness to help the student population, this criteria seems to be paying off in such a difficult time frame economically.
Orientation: An OrganizationalFunction Of Student AffairsDiana TienAntonio BanksEDAD 521
Overview Of Presentation• What is Orientation• What Must/Should an Orientation(s) do according to CAS Standards• Profile of UCI and CUSF Orientation(s)• Major Components of The Orientation
Functions Of Orientation ProgramsAccording to CAS Standards• CAS Standards believe that Orientation Programs(OP) regardless of institution should(PG. 267): ▫ Facilitate transition of Students Into the institution ▫ Make students aware of their new educational opportunities as well as their responsibilities ▫ Integrate students into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the institution ▫ Support parents, partners , guardians, and children of the new students
Functions Of Orientation ProgramsAccording to CAS Standards ▫ Enhance overall educational experience ▫ Mission of the orientation must match the mission statement of its respective university Orientation Coordinator Serena Cline States that each of their respective orientations implements what should be apart of their programs according to CAS
Orientation staffCSUF UCI Meet The Staff Meet The Staff• Larry Martin, Associate Dean • Jill Halvaks, Director of New of Students Student Programs• Serena Cline, Senior • Mike Knox, Assistant Director Coordinator of New Student Programs• Annabelle Cariaga, Coordinator• Susan Amdahl, Administrative Support Coordinator
History of OrientationCSUF UCI• Began With School’s Opening • Orientation was always a part of• Part of Academic Affairs until student affairs, from the time the 70s UCI opened to present day• Was not made mandatory • Orientation was an optional until 2004 program until the early 1980’s • Comprised of Two Separate• Comprised of Three Separate programs Programs ▫ Student/Parent Orientation ▫ New Student Orientation Program (SPOP) ▫ Transfer Student ▫ Transfer Student Orientation Orientation (managed by individual ▫ Parent Orientation schools/academic units)
CSUF Types of Orientation:New Student Orientation• Mission of the Orientation• Orientations are mandatory for incoming freshmen students• Must spend a day on campus getting acclimated to various resources that they can take advantage of in their academic career• Part II Optional ▫ Expand on Student Services
CSUF Types of Orientation :Transfer Student Orientation(TSO)• Designed to ease the transition from student’s previous institution to CSUF• Encouraged to complete upon transferring; must be completed before the second semester begins.• Three different ways to complete the orientation: ▫ Full Day($55), Half-Day($35), Online(Free)
CSUF Types of Orientation:Parent Orientation• Strictly Online Based:• Has presentations on such topics as: ▫ CSUF 101- Overview of University’s Structure; listing of Academic and Student Affairs departments ▫ Academic Expectations- Presentation on various academic topics relevant to students and how parents can assist in achieveing these expectations ▫ Student Health and Safety ▫ University fees- helping to understand what the students are paying for
UCI Types of Orientation: StudentParent Orientation Program (SPOP)• Orientation is mandatory for all new incoming freshmen students. Last year, 96% of all incoming freshmen attended a SPOP session.• The orientation program is a 2 day/1 night program, that includes spending one night in a dorm hall.• The first day consists of mandatory academic advising and class registration in the student’s school/academic unit.• The second day focuses on student services that the University offers.
UCI Types of Orientation: TransferStudent Orientation• All transfer students are mandated to attend an academic advising session with their respective school. Academic units will go over all degree requirements, University regulations and other school specific policies.• There is no fee for this program.• Academic advising sessions usually run for half of the day.• Students will be able to register for their courses on the same day.
UCI Types of Orientation: SPOP(parent portion)• Parent sessions will begin on day 2 of SPOP.• Parents get an overview of laws that guide the University such as FERPA and the Clery Act.• Financial aid officers are also present to answer questions about their student’s aid packages• Housing, admissions, disability student services, etc. also run information sessions for parents.
Components of CSUF Orientation• Who Makes Orientation Possible At CSUF? ▫ The New Student Programs Office ▫ The Academic Affairs Departments ▫ The Student Affairs Departments ▫ The Trained Orientation Leaders
Overview of CSUF’s OrientationSpecifics• Program has strong ties with each of the academic and student affairs departments on campus• Partnerships limited to on campus• Very thorough advising sessions for NSO
Learning Outcomes for SPOP• Assist New Students in Defining Personal and Educational Goals• Develop New Students’ and their Families’ Awareness and Understanding of UCI’s Values• Provide New Students and their Families with Knowledge of Campus Resources and How to Access Services• Foster a Sense of UCI Pride and Connection to the Campus Community for New Students and Their Families• Build Students’ Commitment to Personal Responsibility
Components of UCI SPOP• Director and Assistant director hire 5 SPOP coordinators to help plan SPOP• Last year, 140 student volunteers were hand-picked to assist with staff.• New Student Programs (part of the Dean of Students) is entirely self-funded and is not given any monies from the University.• Cost to attend: ▫ $190 w/linens ▫ $65 per parent *scholarships are available for students who qualify for financial aid
Overview of UCI’s SPOP specifics• SPOP works closely with Admissions, Registrar’s, academic units, campus catering, residential life, etc.• Partnerships are limited to on campus services.• SPOP coordinators are responsible for program planning for students and parents.• These positions are paid and students are selected based upon personal characteristics such as the following: ▫ Openness to change ▫ Innovation ▫ Confidence ▫ Students are all different, and they have various backgrounds and degrees of study.
CSUF program challenges• Orientation Leaders Training ▫ Cut in time ▫ Cut in skills learned ▫ How will it affect the orientation? ▫ Are we satisfied with the experience they have now?
UCI program challenges• The main concern for SPOP is funding. Since SPOP is entirely self-funded, and the cost of food and housing continue to escalate, the cost of SPOP slowly increases as the years go by.• SPOP volunteers are trained by the program directors as well as coordinators. In addition to this, the volunteers are also trained by various student affairs officers on campus. Furlough days will impact training, but the director does not cite any great negative impacts.• With courses being cut, this causes problems for course registration, in particular for large units such as Undecided/Undeclared. Priority registration for many courses are given to students within a respective major.
Student and faculty perceptions• Faculty believe that students come in more prepared, as they are more aware of degree requirements and the expectations that faculty have of them.• For students, before school even begins, they have already been able to forge a relationship with some of their peers and the campus. Students cite that they are more aware of campus services and feel confident about their academic and social success.
Other tidbits about UCI SPOP• Technology has served as a great tool in disseminating information to SPOP participants, academic units and parents.• There has been more en loco parentis in recent years, compared to years ago. There are more “helicopter parents” today than there were many years ago. This alone is a great challenge for all student affairs professionals on campus.