Ubc’s Expanded Undergraduate Orientation and Transition Program

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Imagine More:

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 coaching community, 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

Summer 2012

  • Compile a database of peer-to-peer anticipated questions new-to-UBC first-year students may ask

Imagine More Staged Role Out

2012 Sept:

Imagine Day + Academic Year Transition Programming

2013 June

Summer Contact, Imagine Day and Academic Year Transition Programming (round 1)

2013 June

Summer Contact, Imagine Day and Academic Year Transition Programming (round 2)

Methods: team of 10 student callers, Enrolment 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:

      • Imagine UBC day of programming

      • First six weeks of Transition Program

  • 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:

  • 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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