By Tawnya L. Beermann
We all want to provide our learners with a meaningful and relevant onboarding experience that will help improve their odds of success. Orientation provides a vital role in ensuring that students who are new to the college environment are poised to take on their new role of college student with as much confidence and enthusiasm as possible.
Developing a quality orientation is essential not just to introducing and supporting students in the early days of college but also to retaining them. This is especially true of ethnic minority students. According to Joshua Prasad, the lead author of a June 2017 study published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, “…students can develop a sense of fitting in before they even walk into class, and that feeling is important down the line. It leads to the students feeling like their skills meet academic demands and also leads them to wanting to stick around.” This is critical for community colleges that are challenged with low retention rates.
Every college is different, as are the students. Therefore, your orientation program should be as well. So, how do you go about establishing the right orientation experience for your students?
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