NODA supports research that ensures an empirical basis for its members’ practice. Its research agenda is intended to elevate vitality and visibility in the fields of college student orientation, transition, and retention.
A foundation of research will provide universal recognition of the importance of orientation, transition, and retention efforts, which are integral to student learning. NODA will advance the central role orientation, transition, and retention plays in student success and institutional academic missions.
Elevate awareness of relevant issues and questions in orientation, transition, and retention
- Monitor current trends in orientation, transition, and retention and respond to inquiries of those in the profession;
- Serve as a clearinghouse for orientation, transition, and retention research, assessment and recommendation for practice.
Promote research to gain further insight into these issues and questions
- Promote research in orientation, transition, and retention to develop an empirical base to guide the Organization;
- Inspire researchers to focus on orientation, transition, and retention topics while providing resources and grants for the work.
Translate research findings into recommendations for practice
- Make the research accessible to members in the form of recommendations for best practice.
- Articulate contributions to student persistence, retention and success strategies supporting individual institutional missions.
Themes with implications for orientation, transition, and retention research
Orientation programs or retention interventions for specific populations and / or institutions:
- Two-year institutions
- On-line institutions
- For profit institutions
- Commuter students
- Non-traditional / Adult learners
- Students of color
- Students who identify as LGBT
- Women in Stem programs (or men in female-dominated professions)
Policies / practices related to enrollment, retention, and transition:
- Barriers / policies
- Academic advising
- Academic adjustment / integration
- Cooling out
- Retention / success
- Social integration
Academic and transfer credit policies and related academic outcomes:
- Reverse transfer
- Transfer readiness
- General education
- Degree attainment
- Institutional initiatives
- Transfer gap choice