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2017 Orientation Professionals Institute

This is the registration form specifically for the Orientation Professionals Institute. If you wish to register for the NODA Annual Conference, you must fill out the Professional registration form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the NODA Association Office at 1(866) 521-NODA (6632) or email

11/3/2017 to 11/5/2017
When: November 3rd - November 5th, 2017
8:30 AM
Where: Marriott Louisville Downtown
280 W Jefferson St.
Louisville, Kentucky  40202
United States
Contact: NODA Association Office

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The Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) is a three-day training program that takes place just prior to the NODA annual conference each year. It is designed for professional staff members who have less than four years of experience in orientation and transition services—either new professionals or those with experience in higher education but who recently acquired orientation as part of their job. The institute connects these participants with experienced professionals in the field and provides valuable training that participants can apply on their own campuses.


Institute Features

OPI is staffed by seven outstanding faculty with extensive experience and who have held leadership positions within NODA and who will bring together a wide variety of orientation and administrative experiences. Regardless of the type of institution you represent, you will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty, other NODA leadership, and participants who share common interests and challenges.

You will be placed into different groups throughout the Institute such as groups by type of institution and NODA regions.

OPI is held in conjunction with the NODA Annual Conference which participants are encouraged to attend and learn more about orientation, transition, and retention.

What topics will be covered?

The curriculum for OPI was developed and is currently guided by the standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The curriculum serves as a roadmap for professionals new to the field of orientation, transition, and retention over a two and a half day institute.
There are six steps that guide the curriculum of Orientation Professionals Institute. Each step contributes to the foundation for developing, implementing and assessing orientation programs. The six steps addressed are:

1. Development of Mission and Goals
2. Assessing Campus Realities and Politics and Leading Change
3. Planning and Programming
4. Organization of Staffing, Training and Supervision
5. Identify Resources
6. Evaluation, Assessment and Closing

Additionally, the role of orientation and its history in higher education and an introduction to professional development opportunities within NODA are introduced.

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