After Orientation: The Role of Transition Programming to Promote First-to-Second Semester Persistence
Presented By: Brett Bruner, Director of Transition & Student Conduct, Fort Hays State University
Kristen Neeley, Director of First Year & Transition Programs, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Date and time: February 8, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Summer orientation programs and fall extended orientation/welcome weeks are complete…now what after “orientation is over?” This session will highlight the role of new student programming following orientation that will provide transitional support as new students persist from first to second semesters.
As a result of participating in this webinar, participants will:
- Define persistence as is related to first-to- second semester.
- Compare and contrast transition to orientation and retention utilizing NODA’s (2012) framework definitions for OTR.
- Articulate the role of orientation professionals in promoting first-to- second semester persistence of new students.
- Identify 2 new transition programming strategies to support first-to- second semester persistence of new students.
Who Should Attend: Entry-level professions in orientation.
About the Presenter: Brett Bruner serves as the Director of Transition & Student Conduct at Fort Hays State University. In this role, he provides oversight for new student orientation & transition programs, the first-year experience, the second-year experience, the transfer-year experience, and parent and family engagement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emporia State University, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and is currently completing his doctorate in higher education leadership from Baker University where his dissertation research is focusing on the transitional experiences of first-year, first-generation college students who participate in high-impact practices. He previously worked as the Director of Student Life at Baker University. He has served NODA in a variety of roles including the 2015 Annual Conference Chair, 2010 Region IV & V Conference Chair, member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Small College Network.
Kristen Neeley serves as the Director of First Year & Transition Programs at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In this role, she provides oversight for new student orientation programs, campus tour programs, and open house preview days. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Northwest Missouri State University. She previously worked as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs at Missouri Western State University. She was recognized by NODA as the 2015 Region IV Orientation, Transition & Retention Professional of the Year.