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Orientation Professionals Institute
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Orientation Professionals Institute

October 16, 23, 30, and November 6 from 11:00am-4:00pm EST

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The 2020 Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) takes place before and after the 2020 NODA Annual Conference virtually. OPI programming will take place over four days, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2020. You do not need to attend the conference in order to attend OPI.

Who We Serve

The Institute is designed to serve new full-time professional staff who are responsible for orientation programming and possess less than 4 years of total professional experience. The Institute is not open to graduate or undergraduate students. We recognize that many professionals have significant professional experience in higher education and may have recently become responsible for orientation programs on their campus, but our primary goal is to serve emerging professionals in the field.

"I attended OPI and had an incredible experience! As a new professional, I felt more assured in what I was doing well and discovered areas of my position with opportunities for realistic growth."

"The OPI experience was wonderful. Being able to meet and interact with people who are in a similar place as I am in the field was extremely helpful and rewarding."


2020 Schedule

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

11:00-11:30am

Welcome, Introductions, and Institute Overview

11:30-1:00pm

Introduction to NODA and Making the Case for OTR & Theory

1:00-1:30pm

Break

1:30-2:45pm

Orientation: What It Is Now and What It Will Be

2:45-3:00pm

Foundation Group I

4:15-5:45pm

Optional: Networking Session I

OPI Foundations

  • Participants will understand the history of OTR in higher education and the role of NODA in supporting the profession.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of OTR programming on college campuses today and will understand how to effectively advocate for OTR work on their campus in order to promote organizational change.
  • Participants will learn foundational theories that underlay OTR programming.
  • Participants will be able to identify how the mission and goals of their orientation program work to support the mission of their institution and how to operationalize their office/program mission in their daily work.
  • Participants will be able to write at least one learning outcome for their orientation program.

11:00-11:15am

Foundation Group Check-In

11:15-12:15pm

Understanding Student Populations and Social Justice

12:15-12:45pm

Break

12:45-1:45pm

OPI Alumni Panel – Equity and Inclusion in Orientation

1:45-2:00pm

Break

2:00-2:30pm

Orientation Program Considerations – Breakout Session I*

2:00-2:30pm

Orientation Program Considerations – Breakout Session II*

3:45-4:00pm

Foundation Group Session II

4:15-5:45pm

Optional: Networking Session II

* Pick one of the four topics: Program Content – what's in your program?; Program Timing – when? How long?; Other student populations to consider; Parents/families/guests

Understanding Populations

  • Participants will be able to identify key characteristics and trends within the higher education landscape and the students, parents, and family populations served by OTR programs.
  • Participants will reflect upon the needs of special student populations and unique campus environments and how to fulfill program outcomes to meet these needs.
  • Participants will understand the social justice framework that guides our work in OTR programs.
  • Participants will reflect on their personal journey in understanding diversity and inclusion, as well as the dynamics on their home campus, and will commit to educating and orienting others through fair, equitable, and inclusive practices.

11:00-11:15am

Foundation Group Check-In

11:15-12:15pm

Assessment and Evaluation

12:15-12:45pm

Break

12:45-1:15pm

Administration of an Orientation Program – Breakout Session I*

12:45-1:15pm

Administration of an Orientation Program – Breakout Session II*

1:45-3:00pm

Invited Panel on Campus Collaborations and Politics

3:00-4:00pm

Foundation Group Session III

4:15-5:45pm

Optional: Faculty Mentor 1-1s

* Pick one of the five topics: Student staff recruitment; Student staff training and retreats, Student staff supervision, evalution, and feedback; Working with faculty and professional staff; Budget and finance

Functional

  • Participants will be able to discuss best practices and innovative ideas for comprehensive orientation program planning.
  • Participants will be able to identify new ideas for effective staffing, leadership development, and training practices on their campus.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of using evaluation and assessment measures to make data informed decisions in their OTR programmatic initiatives.
  • Participants will be able to identify the influence campus politics, collaboration, finances, and technology have on OTR program effectiveness.

11:00-11:15am

Foundation Group Check-In

11:15-12:00pm

Self-Care and Professional Development

12:00-12:30pm

Reflection and Telling Our Story

12:30-1:00pm

Break

1:00-2:30pm

Faculty Panel

2:30-2:45pm

Wrap-up and Assessment

2:45-4:00pm

Foundation Group Session V

4:00pm

Institute Concludes

Taking It Home

  • Participants will network with colleagues to learn about one another and OTR programs.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one personal and one professional resource available to assist in their development as a student affairs professional.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least two resources and/or strategies to enhance the orientation programs on their campus.
  • Participants will be able to identify involvement opportunities within NODA.

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum

OPI Learning Outcomes and Curriculum

The curriculum for the Orientation Professionals Institute (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 (OTR) over a two-and-a-half-day institute. The OPI curriculum is framed to help new professionals gain an understanding of the foundations of OTR work, the student populations whom OTR programs serve, and the functional best practices that help to create effective OTR programs. The primary focus of OPI is on new student orientation and the initial transition to the institution as one of the first and foundational steps in the student transition experience which ultimately promotes student retention.

Foundations of OTR

  • Participants will understand the history of OTR in higher education and the role of NODA in supporting the profession.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of OTR programming on college campuses today and will understand how to effectively advocate for OTR work on their campus in order to promote organizational change.
  • Participants will learn foundational theories that underlay OTR programming.
  • Participants will be able to identify how the mission and goals of their orientation program work to support the mission of their institution and how to operationalize their office/program mission in their daily work.
  • Participants will be able to write at least one learning outcome for their orientation program.

Understanding OTR Populations

  • Participants will be able to identify key characteristics and trends within the higher education landscape and the students, parents, and family populations served by OTR programs.
  • Participants will reflect upon the needs of special student populations and unique campus environments and how to fulfill program outcomes to meet these needs.
  • Participants will understand the social justice framework that guides our work in OTR programs.
  • Participants will reflect on their personal journey in understanding diversity and inclusion, as well as the dynamics on their home campus, and will commit to educating and orienting others through fair, equitable, and inclusive practices.

OTR Functional Practices

  • Participants will be able to discuss best practices and innovative ideas for comprehensive orientation program planning.
  • Participants will be able to identify new ideas for effective staffing, leadership development, and training practices on their campus.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of using evaluation and assessment measures to make data informed decisions in their OTR programmatic initiatives.
  • Participants will be able to identify the influence campus politics, collaboration, finances, and technology have on OTR program effectiveness.

Overarching OPI program outcomes

  • Participants will network with colleagues to learn about one another and OTR programs.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one personal and one professional resource available to assist in their development as a student affairs professional.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least two resources and/or strategies to enhance the orientation programs on their campus.
  • Participants will be able to identify involvement opportunities within NODA.

Institute Faculty

OPI is staffed by outstanding faculty with extensive student affairs experience including a wide variety of orientation and other administrative experiences. Faculty members have served in roles at diverse types of institutions including all sizes, public, private, community colleges, and special interest institutions. Additionally, each faculty member has held leadership positions within NODA. 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 professional interests and challenges.

Jeff Brown
Dean of Students,
American University

Michelle Nightingale
Director of Student Success,
Services, Tompkins Cortland
Community College

Jamie Mantooth
Executive Director of Enrollment
Services and Student Engagement,
University of Tennessee at Martin

Albert Perera
Assistant Director
Florida International University

Emily Wheeler
Director, Office of New Student and Family Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Abbey Mikesell
Director of Undergraduate Advising
Purdue University, Krannert School of Management

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