Ubc’s Expanded Undergraduate Orientation and Transition Program
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UBC’s Expanded Undergraduate Orientation
and Transition Program
November 2011 - DRAFT
Three key components
Student Leader-to-New Student communication from point of admission through to August
Imagine Day Orientation Programming
Transition program support and integration into the academic year, term one, or beyond based on faculty/school specific needs
ASIST BPR recommendations include students meaningfully connecting with peers and members of the university pre-arrival.
Current transition programming for new-to-UBC students is fragmented or non-existent
UBC specific NCHA data indicates students experience high levels of stress and challenge while transitioning to the University
Student Voice data indicates significant areas of concern prior to arrival
Factors in Success
Foster peer-to-peer connections & provide ongoing support throughout the first term or full year as defined by Faculty or School
Develop students’ understanding of faculty specific knowledge and expectations, and study and learning skills
Build a peer academic , where students give and receive ongoing peer mentoring and help
Promote a holistic view of student life, where academics, social connections, leadership and well-being are all connected
Staff support to recruit, select, train and mentor student leaders
Clear and seamless messaging of expectations of the UBC-V first year experience
Builds on existing infrastructure
Imagine More Steering Committee
Margot Bell, Student Development (Co-Lead)
Mark Johnston, Enrolment Services (Co-Lead)
Mike Becir, Enrolment Services
Mary DeMarinis, UBC-O
Maggie Hartley, Enrollment Services
Sally Hermansen, Faculty of Arts
John Horn, Career Services
Christine Klaray, Student Recruitment and Advising
Janet Mee, Career Services/Access and Diversity
Matt Parson, AMS
Shannon Sterling, Student Development
Timeline of Deliverables
Winter 2011/ Spring 2012
Consultation with students, staff, Faculties and Schools to develop specific outcomes and needs for their first-year new-to-UBC students
Program Assessment for current Orientation and Transition support to students in:
Kinesiology and Transition Program
Arts/Science expanded MUG Leader role
Forestry first-year students with no intentionally coordinated transition programming
Methods: team of 10 student callers, Enrolment Imagine More Staged Role Out
Imagine Day + Academic Year Transition Programming
Summer Contact, Imagine Day and Academic Year Transition Programming (round 1)
Summer Contact, Imagine Day and Academic Year Transition Programming (round 2)
Services Professional tracking, Assigned Advisors etc.
Imagine 2012 ‘day of’ programming with strong integration of late arrival ISI students
Implementation of transition programs as part of Imagine More for traditionally direct entry faculties with Student Development staff support. Explore model of support for Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems
October 2012: Student Voice Assessment, will provide baseline data on:
Development of full Imagine More Programming for 2013W including:
Peer-to-Peer summer program rollout
Imagine ‘day’ programming
Transition Programming through academic year
Student Leader position requirements in consultation with each Faculty/School
April 2013: Program Assessment for current Orientation and Transition programming support to students in all direct-entry programs
June 2013-January or April 2014: First full role out of Imagine More:
Day of Programming
October 2013: Student Voice Assessment, will provide data on full Imagine More program to date
February 2014: NSSE data collection
June 2014-January or April 2015: Second full role out of Imagine More
Redevelopment for 2015 based on data from Student Voice, NSSE, and Jump Start data.
Questions for Discussion:
Good idea? What are the strongest elements?
How are you currently connecting with students prior to arrival?
What do you see as obstacles to success?
Where are the opportunities to enhance success? What does this look like?
What is the biggest student issue(s) in your faculty? How might this program address?
Other issues you want us to be thinking about?
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