Designing Successful Transitions

A Guide for Orienting Students to College
Edition: 3
Paper: 978 1 889271 69 9 / $40.00
Published: May 2010

250 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
Series: The First-Year Experience Monograph Series 13
Published in partnership with NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education

Drawing on current research and practice, this fully revised edition of Designing Successful Transitions outlines the basic organizational structures of orientation and their theoretical underpinnings while also discussing special considerations for diverse student populations, transfer students, nontraditional students, and parents and family members. The role of technology and assessment in orientation and orientation in the two-year institution are also addressed. New to this volume are chapters that focus on changing the campus culture and institutionalizing orientation; anticipating and managing crises; and extending the benefits of orientation through first-year seminars, service-learning, outdoor programs, and common reading programs.

Table of Contents:

List of Tables and Figures
Preface—Margaret J. Barr
Foreword—Jennifer R. Keup and Craig E. Mack
Notes on the Third Edition—Jeanine A. Ward-Roof

Part I: Establishing the Rationale for Orientation Programs
Chapter 1: A Brief Overview of the Orientation, Transition, and Retention Field—Craig E. Mack
Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Orientation—Denise L. Rode and Tony W. Cawthon
Chapter 3: Making the Case for Orientation: Is It Worth It?—Bonita C. Jacobs

Part II: Organizing Orientation Programs
Chapter 4: Administration of a Comprehensive Orientation Program—April Mann, Charlie Andrews, and Norma Rodenburg
Chapter 5: Community College Orientation and Transition Programs—Cathy J. Cuevas and Christine Timmerman
Chapter 6: Channeling Parental Involvement to Support Student Success—Jeanine A. Ward-Roof, Laura A. Page, and Ryan Lombardi
Chapter 7: Extensions of Traditional Orientation Programs—Tracy L. Skipper, Jennifer A. Latino, Blaire Moody Rideout, and Dorothy Weigel
Chapter 8: Technology in Orientation—J .J. Brown and Cynthia L. Hernandez
Chapter 9: Incorporating Crisis Planning and Management Into Orientation Programs—Dian Squire, Victor Wilson, Joe Ritchie, and Abbey Wolfman

Part III: Serving the Needs of All Students in Orientation
Chapter 10: Orientation and First-Year Programs: A Profile of Participating Students—Maureen E. Wilson and Michael Dannells
Chapter 11: Creating a Developmental Framework for New Student Orientation to Address the Needs of
Diverse Populations—Archie P. Cubarrubia and Jennifer C. Schoen
Chapter 12: Designing Orientation and Transition Programs for Transfer Students—Shandol C. Hoover
Chapter 13: Nontraditional Is the New Traditional: Understanding Today’s College Student—Michael J. Knox and Brittany D. Henderson

Part IV: Institutionalizing and Sustaining Orientation Programs
Chapter 14: Building the Case for Collaboration in Orientation Programs: Campus Culture, Politics, and Power—Beth M. Lingren Clark and Matthew J. Weigand
Chapter 15: Assessment and Evaluation in Orientation—Robert Schwartz and Dennis Wiese
Chapter 16: Reflections on the History of Orientation, Transition, and Retention Programs—Jeanine A. Ward-Roof and Kathy L. Guthrie

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“A valuable text for aspiring or current student affairs practitioners focused specifically on orientation, and to a lesser extent practitioners engaged in transfer or retention programming. The authors … provide a balanced presentation of scholarly based findings and practical advice through out the monograph.”
- Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice