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Attendance at Orientation Linked to Learning

Jul 30, 2013

Attendance at Orientation Linked to Learning

More than Just Fun and Games -- Orientation Connected to Student Success

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2013

When people think of college orientation, the images that often come to mind are student flash mobs, proud displays of school colours and clothing, and organized games and cheers designed to build instant bonding.  While school spirit will always be a mainstay of any post-secondary experience, staff members at Sheridan have determined another good reason to hold orientation sessions – they are linked to learning. 

Help With Transition & Integration 

“Successful orientation programs have a powerful influence on a student’s academic transition and social integration,” say Joe Henry, Associate Dean of Student Success at Sheridan.  “They help students familiarize themselves with many sources of help on campus, build peer support networks and get a jump-start on finding out about student activities and organizations – all before the stress of school work begins.”
Henry’s observations run deeper than common sense.  “We’ve compared cohorts of students who participated in last year’s first-year orientation against those who sat out.  The group that attended had an average GPA of 3.15 after one term as compared to 2.49 for the group that didn’t.  Of those who participated, 81% were in good academic standing. Only 58% of students who didn’t attend achieved that milestone.  We will continue to track these groups to see if the numbers hold true over the long-term.” 

Setting Realistic Expectations & Getting the ‘Practical’ in Place 

On July 30 and 31, the first of many Sheridan orientation sessions begins.  A total of 604 first year students enrolled in diploma programs at the Faculty of Business have been invited to the first of a two-part orientation session at the College’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.  The agenda includes detailed information about their program structure and requirements and a chance to meet one another and hear from staff, faculty and alumni.  “A core goal is to help students build realistic expectations and facilitate a sense of personal responsibility,” adds Karla Gouthro, Coordinator of New Student Orientation & First Year Experience. 

The same students will be invited to a second event on August 21 and 22 where they will receive information on the available support services and resources, have a chance to set up their laptops, ask questions before starting classes, meet their Student Union, and discover ways to get involved on campus.  Similar sessions will be held on Sheridan’s campuses in Brampton and Oakville later in August.  For a full schedule, please visit: 

About Sheridan 

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity.  Its aim is to become Ontario’s first university exclusively dedicated to undergraduate professional education – a model that will be based on applied learning and Sheridan’s renown for creativity and innovation.  The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success. 

For more information, or to arrange interview opportunities, please contact: 

Christine Szustaczek
Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations
T: 905-815-4169
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