As we continue to emphasize Student Lifecycle Management (SLM), specifically the on-boarding of our students to the institution, we are shifting the way we approach Orientation. Instead of hosting stand alone events throughout the summer and fall, Student Affairs is strategically connecting each event into a 3-step process.
Each step progressively engages new students and families with the community and prepares them for classes to begin. Campus departments, organizations, and programs are invited to participate in each step of the process by communicating services, hosting events, and welcoming students to the community.
Step 1. Drexel Preview Online
Launches May 2014
The Drexel Preview Online is the online resource for getting started at Drexel. This website allows students to explore the Drexel community at their own pace and learn about whats available to them.
Step 2. Orientation
Pre-registration opens May 2014
Orientation is an opportunity to make an in-person connection with the Drexel community. We host Orientation sessions throughout the year where new students and families can meet each other and get information that will help them transition to campus.
- Summer Sessions: July 7 - August 5 (2-day sessions: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri)
- Transfer Session: August 8 (1-day session)
- Fall Session: September 16 - 17 (2-day session)
- Winter Session: January 2, 2015 (1-day session)
- Spring Session: April 2015 (1-day session)
Step 3. New Student Days
September 15 - 21
New Student Days is the official welcome week for new students as they move-in to the residence halls and check-in to the University. New Student Days is the first opportunity for new students and families to immerse themselves in the Drexel community, attend events, and utilize the services available to them.
Visit the Orientation website for more information about each of the three events.
The Orientation Planning Committee serves as the advisory committee providing direction and assistance to the Director of New Student and Family Programs with staff selection and training, program content, administration, and assessment.
Orientation Planning Committee Meetings
The Orientation Planning Committee meets biweekly between January and March and weekly between April and September.
- January 24 - May 21 (odd week Fridays): 1:30 - 3 PM
- April 4 - June 27 (every Friday): 1:30 - 3:30 PM
- August 15 - September 12 (every Friday): 1:30 - 3 PM
All meetings are held in the Creese Student Center, room 232.
Please contact Carlos Guillen at email@example.com if you are interested in attending an Orientation Planning Committee meeting.
Orientation stakeholders are involved in Orientation as service providers, speakers, presenters, exhibitors, and other staff members who rely on Orientation to communicate information. Orientation stakeholders meet during the winter and spring terms to provide feedback to the Orientation Planning Committee and get information about upcoming Orientation sessions.
- Orientation Process Overview: 1:30 - 3 p.m.; Wednesday, June 11; Intercultural Center MPR (lower level)
- Post-Session Review: 4 - 5 p.m.; Tuesday, July 8; Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall
- Post-Session Review: 4 - 5 p.m.; Friday, July 11; Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall
The Drexel Preview Online (DPO) is an opportunity for your office to communicate key messages to new students and families about getting started at Drexel and giving them actionable items to complete before attending Orientation. Most importantly, the DPO is your opportunity to explain why it is important for students to complete each item.
"Completing your placement exams before July allows your academic adviser to create your schedule of classes so you can have access to it in mid-August."
The DPO also satisfies a need communicated by past Orientation participants to provide information online to review after Orientation. The DPO will also serve as a year-round reference for students to utilize throughout their Drexel career.
The Drexel Preview Online (DPO) will be piloted for the incoming class of 2014. The DPO will focus on 7 main content areas for confirmed, domestic and international freshman students with an additional area for confirmed, international, freshman students.
Platform & Structure
The Drexel Preview Online (DPO) will be delivered using the Blackboard Learn platform. This will also allow us to track usage and follow up with students who have not completed this step of the Orientation process. There is also a possibility of videos or voice recordings to be produced for each area.
Please note that the content area titles, order, and flow have yet to be determined.
|1. Placement Exams, Academic Schedule
||Kathy Kailikole, Sean Brown
|2. Utilizing DegreeWorks
|3. Financial Readiness
||Alisa Abadinsky, Karen Archambault
|4a. University Housing, Residential Living
||Chris Heasley, Subir Sahu
|4b. Commuter Student Engagement
|5. Utilizing Academic Advisers
|6. The Drexel Co-op
|7. International Student Visa Requirements
|Monday, April 14
|April 14 - 18
|April 21 - May 2
|Monday, May 5
||Drexel Preview Online launches
Please submit content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Needed from Content Owners:
- 4 to 5 bullets that outline your area, communicate the importance of your area, and define terms/jargon/acronyms.
- Actionable items for students to complete by an explicit deadline.
- Links to websites and contact information for students to explore your area in more depth.
- Pictures, diagrams, and other visuals to help illustrate your content.
- Additional information that will assist in the production of a 3 minute video or voice recording that will accompany your written content.
- Please also provide suggestions on the title, order, and flow of your area.
Considerations for Content Owners:
- Content should be brief, clear, and to the point. Students should be able to review your information within 2 to 5 minutes.
- Utilize current students to help determine what is most important during this stage of a student's transition to Drexel.
- Avoid using figures of speech and colloquialisms. Our audience includes both international and domestic students who may not understand certain phrases.
- Drexel's brand personality should be present throughout your content (urban, energetic, innovative, daring, fearless, confident).
Other institutions' online orientation programs can serve as a model to build your content. While many of the examples are videos and voice recordings, the content is an example of how to be succinct, to the point, and easily understood.
Information for for New Student Days event planners will be available in early June.