Theories, Research, and Best Practices Related to Transfer Student Orientation
Author(s): Foote, S. M.
Editor(s): Poisel, M. A., & Joseph, S.
Citation: Foote, S. M. (2018). Theories, Research, and Best Practices Related to Transfer Student Orientation. In Poisel, M. A., & Joseph, S., Building Transfer Student Pathways for College and Career Success (pp. 53-72). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.
This chapter provides an introduction to theories, research, and best practices that can be used to guide the development and implementation of transfer student orientation programs. Factors to consider in the development of such programs, an overview of select student development theories with particular relevance to transfer students, and application of these theories to practice offer a framework for designing orientation programs. Examples of existing transfer student orientation programs, ranging from one-day sessions to transfer student seminars, are provided. The chapter ends with a discussion surrounding assessment of such programs.