The calm after the storm. Orientation session 1 is complete, and I had a chance to process things and reflect on my experience. More importantly in the bigger picture, however, is that I was able to evaluate the data related to the Orientation program, look for trends, act as the voice of the students and familes, and give input to help refine the program.
The evaluations (tailored specifically to either the Student or Family program) measured the student experience with each session individually (which we conducted after it’s conclusion), their overall experience in sessions throughout the day, their experiences with their summer Academic Advisor, and feedback on their Orientation Leader.
It was fantastic to have the opportunity to provide that kind of data towards the success of a program (and from a variety of ‘angles’), and also do a little investigating into the rationale behind the responses! This point was especially more effective than in the past (I’ve been told) because of the detail in the results (presumably) as Orientation moved from paper evaluations to an online counterpart. Additionally, we added several items to reflect and measure the effectiveness of the learning outcomes designed over the previous year.
Comparing the program to last year, it seems that the changes that have taken place to refine the program are succeeding; and while it’s difficult to truly measure the reliability of the data because of the new population that is taking it, the change from paper survey to online, or the fact that it’s only our first session and their isn’t a larger data set to work from, we are still very content with the results thus far.
The ‘down time’ this week post evaluation was spent having great conversations with my supervisors in the office. With students around only sporadically, we discussed anything and everything from technology, “personal life” in Student Affairs, relationships with students, identity, and other often Taboo topics. Put a lot of things out there, and got A LOT of thought-provoking stuff in return.
Great week for blog posts, and I look forward to a great weekend and the same for another ‘off’ week before Orientation prep comes back in high gear.
For the time being, I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to check out the CAS Standards for Orientation as a preview of things to come in Grad School, working on accumulating some data for help in a presentation for Kathy, developing an evaluation between Orientation ‘color partners,’ and maybe even trying my hand at developing materials for a mid-summer #olchat!