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  1. Johny
    April 2, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    Hey Tawan, I couldn’t agree with you more! When you look at student retention rates, research has showed that people who are less engaged on campus are the ones most likely to drop out. It’s interesting to notice that students dropping out are not the C- or D students, but the B or C students who are not involved on campus after orientation week.

    We wrote about this exact subject this week. http://hub.oohlalamobile.com/2015/03/what-your-first-year-programs-can-do.html

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  2. Dave Kelly
    May 5, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    I agree with you completely, Tawan. National trends suggest that more students are failing to complete their education than are succeeding. Of course, not all of that can be blamed on first year experience programs, but perhaps those programs can do more and, as you suggest, be expanded in order to buck those trends. I do a lot of work with Orientation Leaders and I have found several schools moving more to a mentorship type of concept, with the O/L’s continuing to have a relationship with the new students throughout at least the first semester. In a perfect world, you would have evaluation and reconnection through the first year for those students and revisit some of the bonding and other activities done at orientation. I would do another program at the end of the first semester to help insure those students return in the spring. If not for those darn finals! Great ideas, Tawan!

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