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Building Successful Foundations
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Building Successful Foundations: Best Practices in Orientation, Transition, & Retention


 This new publication offers both the philosophical and the practical perspective for OTR professionals and other practitioners working specifically with students in their first year of college. This piece provides guidance and insight not only to the vast world of college orientation planning, but also a focus on the transition and retention of college students. It is intended to address the many issues OTR professionals are faced with by providing helpful information, new data and forward-thinking theories.

Cost: $50 for members and $65 for non-members

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Correction: The author on page 38 should be Dennis Wiese and the author on page 110 should be Andrene K. Kaiwi. We apologize for these printing errors.


Included Chapters:

 Chapter    Title   Authors
 1   Introduction to the Orientation, Transition, & Retention Profession   Craig E. Mack,
Joyce Holl
 2   Developing a Sense of Urgency for Orientation, Transition, & Retention   Jeanine A. Ward-Roof, Kathy L. Guthrie
 3   A Theoretical Grounding for Orientation, Transition, & Retention Practice: A Dynamic Three-Part Heuristic   Dennis Wiese,
Emily Wheeler
 4   GenZ & Gen Alpha: Student Enrollment Patterns and Demographic Characteristics in the Next 10 Years   Rebecca Atkinson,
Tony W. Cawthon
 5   Expanding Possibilities Through Anti-Oppressive Orientation, Transition, & Retention Programming   Dian D. Squire,
Kathryn Kay Coquemont
 6   Community College Focus on Orientation, Transition, & Retention   Michelle R. Nightingale
 7   Engaging Parents and Families in the Orientation and Transition Process   Ann Hower,
Greg V. Wolcott
 8   Programmatic Considerations for Orientation, Transition, and Retention Programming   Melanie J. Payne,
Rick Sparks
 9   Developing a Comprehensive Orientation, Transition, and Retention Program   Andrene K. Kaiwi,
Carren Martin
 10   Leveraging Extended Orientation Programming to Enhance the Student Transition Experience   Eddie Higginbotham, IV,
Jason M. Mastrogiovanni
 11   Theoretical Basis for Professional Development in Orientation, Transition, & Retention  

Jamie Mantooth,
Shawn Smee

 12   Leveraging Assessment and Evaluation to Create an
Evidence-Based Approach to Orientation, Transition, & Retention
  Beth Lingren Clark,
Gwen Fears 
 13   Campus Collaboration and Engaging Faculty in Orientation, Transition, & Retention   Kris Winter, 
Jimmy L. Howard, Jr
 14   Engaging Technology to Improve Orientation, Transition, &
Retention Initiatives
  Kevin C. Clarke,
Chris Trudell
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