New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation takes place during
the month of June prior to the first semester of enrollment.
An abbreviated orientation program occurs in January for
any new or transfer students enrolling for the first time
in the spring semester term. The Orientation Committee
has assessed effectiveness of the orientation program for
15+ years, with the June orientation program having the
strongest record of assessment. Following each orientation
session, the Orientation Committee reviews the results of
the completed evaluations and responsive changes to the
program are made. For example...
Participants from June Orientation
2001 felt that the Day 1 program ran too long with an extended
period of being seated, which lent itself toward boredom/distraction.
As a result, we changed the format of the Day 1 program
to “break out” sessions, conference style, giving participants
the option of selecting the sessions most relevant to their
individual needs. We also located the break out sessions
in three different buildings, which gave participants a
better look at various facilities on campus. The response
to the new format was overwhelmingly positive for June Orientation
In the June 2002 cycle, we received
many complaints from participants that the timing of our
sessions is not conducive to end-of-the-year activities
planned at high schools (such as sporting tournaments, proms,
and graduations). While fairly limited in our ability
to alter the dates, for a variety of reasons, we reviewed
the participation numbers at each session and moved the
dates of the most poorly attended session to later in June.
We are eager to assess the response we will get from the
June 2002 participants also gave
feedback that the timing of the “meet the faculty” session
should occur in sequence with the session that covers PSC’s
general education requirements. We have noted that
request in our planning notes, and intend to schedule those
sessions back-to-back for June 2003.
In addition to participant assessment,
orientation sessions are evaluated by the student orientation
leaders, who have the most direct contact with the participants.
As students, they are great resources of providing us with
a student perspective on the effectiveness of different
programs and our registration process, in particular.
They are the best source of person-to-person evaluation.
The orientation steering committee also evaluates the orientation
sessions in a group meeting held within one week of the
final session. The administrators on this committee
have had intimate involvement in the planning and implementation
of the program, and they also provide critical feedback
on issues such as appropriateness of timing, facility usage,
and program content.