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Collegebound is an optional outdoor orientation program (OOP) offered to incoming first-year students at two joint liberal arts colleges. This long-running and popular program has increased in participation to over 10% of the incoming class in recent years, however, little formal evaluation had been conducted. This research assessed the outcomes of Collegebound participation. Using a mixed methods design, academic and personal-social outcomes of Collegebound participation were assessed to understand the impact of the program on students’ college transition and career. Academic outcomes (first to second year retention and cumulative GPA after first year) were compared between Collegebound and non-Collegebound students of the same entering class. Results showed Collegebound students were retained at a rate 2.4% higher and scored 0.15 higher on cumulative GPA. A local survey assessed personal-social outcomes with the largest impacts reported on friendship formation, gains in confidence, and outdoor appreciation as a result of their Collegebound experience.
Assessment, Environmental Studies, Leadership
Rauch, Kyle, "Collegebound: Assessment of an Outdoor Orientation Program" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4453.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations