Project #96

Tools for Improving Orientation Advising

The primary goal of this project was to help decrease time-to-degree by providing tools that enable advisers to help freshman and transfer students register for the best classes at orientation. Tools included making available to advisers a snapshot of incoming students’ transcripts, AP/IB scores, ACT/SAT scores, and any community college credits earned. The project also included building in technical functionality such that  students in designated majors and pre-health professional programs are able to register for orientation only after they have verified they meet math prerequisites.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

  • Increased number of freshmen taking the math placement exam prior to attending orientation.
  • Increased number of freshmen students completing science and math sequences in their first year at PSU.
  • Increase in timely completion of degree programs due to adequate preparation and correct. placement of students in math and science sequenced classes in their first term. 
  • Increased retention of freshmen STEM majors due to more informed orientation advising. 
  • Increased completion of pre-health curriculum by freshmen due to more informed orientation advising. 
  • Increased identification of high achieving students able to be successful with higher credit loads in their first year of college (many high-achieving students can easily take more than the typical 13 credits a term;  they can be advised accordingly). 
  • Increased identification of lower achieving students leading to more referrals to campus services, college success curriculum, and preparatory classes.
  • Improved faculty and professional adviser orientation experience due to availability of more thorough advising information.

PROJECT IMPACT

The implementation of the student academic snapshot is one of the key accomplishments of Project #96 - Tools for Improving Orientation Advising. The project used the Office of Information Technology’s DataMASTER report to support this feature. This one-page snapshot, given to each student attending new student orientation, provides valuable academic information to advisers assisting these students in planning their first term at PSU.

Another key accomplishment of this project is that students must now take the math placement exam (for designated majors and pre-health professional programs) prior to signing up for orientation. Prior to this project, students were encouraged, but not required to take the math placement exam prior to attending orientation. Consequently, many students put off taking the exam and were not able to register for certain classes because they had not met the prerequisite requirement of the math placement exam.

STATUS - COMPLETE

For more information, please see the project End-of-Project Report, Project Artifacts and Final Expenditure Report.

PROJECT LEAD 

  • Martha Dyson - Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

COLLABORATORS

  • Martha Dyson - Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Marcella Flores - Assistant Director for Orientation Programs, Admissions, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
  • Karen Kennedy - Academic Adviser/Intl. Student Liaison, Advising & Career Services, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs 
  • Melissa Yates - Pre-Health Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Steve Immel - Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
  • Robert Mercer - Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Cindy Skaruppa - Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
  • Kathy Thomas - Associate Registrar of Student Information Technology, Office of the Registrar, Academic Affairs
  • Marci Kelly, Business Analyst/Report Writer, Office of Information Technology

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Project Management Plan

Project Plan

Status Reports

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Original Proposal

INITIATION VIDEO