Title

Pre-Orientation Program for First-Generation Students

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul

Keywords

Orientation, pre-orientation, first-generation, college students, social integration, academic integration

Abstract

The transition from high school to post-secondary education presents a season of adaptation for many students. For students who are the first in their family to attend college, integrating into a new set of unfamiliar academic and social expectations is an even greater challenge. In addition to the unique struggles that first-generation college students face, they often also are presented with the obstacle of being between two worlds or having multiple identities. As the demographic make-up of our campuses change, it’s important that the programs and processes meet the needs of our students. With a focus on academic and social integration through the lens of Tinto’s model of student persistence, a carefully curated pre-orientation program targeted for first-generation college students is developed.

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