The First-Year Experience
A strong academic foundation is critical to college readiness and success. But it the long run, it takes more than academics to reach the finish line.
Research from the Association of American Colleges and Universities has shown that students who participate in first-year experience programs have more positive relationships with faculty, are more knowledgeable about and make better use of campus resources, and exhibit better time-management skills than peers who do not participate in these types of programs.*
The first-year experience is an opportunity to prepare new college students with the skills and knowledge they need beyond academics to persist to completion and meet their individual goals.
Pearson is partnering with institutions to set students up for success through a quality first-year experience that includes a number of other high-impact practices like orientation, a student success course, and more.
Orientation can take on many forms from a single campus tour highlighting key resources and services to a component in a semester-long student success course. No matter how it’s executed, orientation has been proven to contribute to student success.
In fact, research prepared for the League for Innovation in Community College shows that orientation services contribute to increased student satisfaction, use of student support services, and retention.*