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Orientation Planning Manual
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Providing quality orientation, transition, and retention (OTR) programming is essential to welcoming students to colleges and institutions worldwide. It can be a daunting task – filled with anticipation and excitement, and it can be overwhelming at times. It’s during the planning stages that OTR professionals often seek resources and solutions. The Orientation Planning Manual is such a resource.

Since the NODA Board of Directors approved the recommendation to change the Association name to NODA, Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention, we felt it was imperative that the chapters within the OPM reflect transition and retention along with orientation. There are several revised chapters and new authors who have written new chapters in the 2014 edition of the OPM.

Current NODA members are eligible to request one complimentary hard copy of the OPM with their membership. To do so, just fill out this form with your mailing information. An e-version is also available for free to members on the publications page of Peer Resources. If you would like to buy any additional copies, or are a nonmember wanting to purchase the publication, please contact the NODA Association Office at

To order additional copies of the Orientation Planning Manual, or if you are a nonmember ordering your copy, please fill out this form. After filling out your mailing address you will be able to update the quantity of your purchase.
Cost: $15 NODA Members or $30 Non-Members

Topics covered in the 2014 edition of the OPM include:

Designing Quality Orientation Programs:
The First Step Toward Effective Student Retention
Richard Mullendore
New Student Orientation: Planning and Implementing an Outstanding Program
Denise L. Rode & Abbey Wolfman
Transfer Student Orientation:
The Swirling, Whirling World of Transfer Orientation: Meeting the Needs of a Dynamic Student Population
Bonita C. Jacobs & Janet L. Marling
Parent and Family Orientation
J. Ann Hower
Planning for Special Populations
Kimberlie A. Moock
Orientation Programs on the Two-Year Campus
Cathy J. Cuevas & Christine Timmerman
Welcome Week Programs
Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting & Jason Mockford
8Unique Transition ProgramsGwen M. Fears
9Orientation Staff SelectionDanielle Bristow
10Orientation Staff TrainingMelanie J. Payne & Maria A. Sedotti
11The Technology of TransitionDaniel W. Murphy
12Risk Management & Crisis PreparednessMichael J. Knox
13Assessing and Evaluating Orientation, Transition, and Retention ProgramsBeth M. Lingren Clark & Andrew H. Cinoman
14Professional Staff DevelopmentCraig E. Mack
15Beyond Orientation: Managing Transition and Retention EffortsKristen E. Salomonson & Jeanine Ward-Roof
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