Online orientation among community college students: Academic engagement and sense of belonging

Andrew Herridge, Jonathan McNaughtan, Lisa James

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Abstract

The majority of all postsecondary institutions offer some form of new student orientation. However, when looking at new student orientation at community colleges, there is often no set structure or content. Utilizing data from the 2014 iteration of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), the findings suggest students who attend online orientation are more likely to become engaged out-of-class through group study and out-of-class preparation when they have knowledge of the institutional support available to them and utilize academic advising support. Given the results of this study, we identified four recommendations for practitioners: (a) Orientation programming should continue to enhance efforts related to student knowledge of institutional support. (b) Practitioners should be innovative in how they construct orientation programming whether online or in traditional settings. (c) Advising support should be central to online and traditional orientation. (d) Institutions shou
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Community Colleges
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

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