Historically, colleges and universities have
implemented programs and courses that assist
first-year students in developing academic and social
skills. Developing these types of skills allow
first-year students the opportunity to make a
transition to college life. It is important for a
college to provide a support system to students
through effective advising, and courses that are
concentrated on first-year success. Orientation
courses have been a part of the overall first-year
experience for students in large numbers of colleges
and universities. This study investigated the
perceptions of first-year students, enrolled in an
eight-week orientation course at the University of
Toledo. Considering the effectiveness of the course
in achieving first-year objectives the orientation
instructors perceptions were also investigated.
Course objectives that were ranked high included the
first-year objectives of academic advising, balancing
campus life, resource discovery, and having a
learning community present in every class meeting.
This book is intended to assist academic and student
affairs administrators interested in establishing a
student-centered foundation for first-year success.