Orientation, Transition and Retention

Orientation, Transition and Retention

The Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community (OTRKC) is  a conduit for student affairs professionals with a vested interest in orientation, transition and retention programming, research, and services. The OTRKC will provide opportunities to share resources, knowledge, and research to enhance the field and attain best practices in orientation, transition and retention programming. 

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Welcome to the Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community (OTRKC)! Through this community, we strive to create a collaborative environment for student affairs professionals to share resources, network and discuss ideas centered on new and emerging trends in orientation, transition and retention in higher education.

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As a community of professionals vested in the Orientation, Transition, and Retention (OTR) functional area, the Knowledge Community will provide opportunities for NASPA members to network, share knowledge and research, and discuss new and emerging trends for the enhancement of OTR.

Vision: The Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community (OTR KC) strives to be recognized as the national resource for NASPA members to understand our collective roles and responsibilities in supporting students as they transition into, through, and out of college. 

 The OTR KC values:

  •   Education and Knowledge
  •   Inclusion and Community 
  •   Collaboration and Support

 Definition of Terms:

  • Orientation: is a collection of events, programs, experiences, and services designed to support new students as they acclimate to higher education. 
  • Transition: is any event or non-event that results in change throughout a student’s collegiate journey beginning with pre-college preparation in high school through degree completion, and pursuit of advanced degrees.
  • Retention: is the collective effort of both the student and institution to ensure continued persistence to graduation/degree completion.

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OTR Annual Awards: Nominations and Applications

The OTR KC is soliciting nominations for our inaugural annual awards.  The awards will be presented at the KC 2022 business meeting. Nominations are due October 27, 2021. To submit an application or nomination, please complete the form and submit supporting documentation for the award at https://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=2699.

Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community Excellence in Research Award 

This award recognizes excellent completed research in the field of Orientation, Transition, and Retention (OTR). In addition to the recognition, the awardee will be able to collaborate with the OTR Knowledge Community to disseminate the research findings more broadly through print publications, web-based publications, conference presentations, and/or webinars. 

Submissions for the Excellence in Research Award must include: 

  • Researcher Names, Institutions, Positions, and Email Addresses
  • Title of the Research
  • Abstract for the study (200-word limit)
  • Brief overview of the study (500-word limit) that describes  the importance of this research and why it deserves to be recognized for a distinguished contribution to the field of orientation, transition, and retention in higher education.
  • Research design, findings, and implications for the OTR field (2,000 word limit)

Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community Research Grant 

This award recognizes new and ongoing research in the field of Orientation, Transition, and Retention (OTR). The recipient will receive $500 to support their research. In addition to the support, the awardee will be able to collaborate with the OTR Knowledge Community to disseminate the research findings more broadly through print publications, web-based publications, conference presentations, and/or webinars.

Submissions for the Research Grant must include:

  • Researcher Names, Institutions, Positions, and Email Addresses
  • Title of the Research
  • Project Narrative—rationale and purpose of the study related to OTR, research questions, design, and methods (1,500-word limit)
  • Project Budget—include total project costs and additional funding sources if applicable (300-word limit)
  • Project Timeline (300-word limit)

Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community Collaboration Award

This award recognizes an exemplary partnership across the institution(s) and/or externally. The successful recipient(s) will demonstrate through the use of cross-functional collaboration, the ability to address a problem/issue, increase efficiencies, and/or inspire innovation to provide unique support for orientation, transition and/or retention efforts. 

The nomination should include:

  • An outline of the collaborative partnership, including the cross-functionality of the respective units. 
  • What inspired the collaboration to develop and how it supports orientation, transition, and retention efforts of your program and/or institution
  • Assessment that supports decision-making and impact as a result of the collaboration

 

Professional Learning Series

One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups.  To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

Regional Roundtables

We invite our members to join us for the upcoming Regional Roundtables. Hosted by our OTR KC Regional Representatives and Global Initiatives Coordinator, these roundtables allow you to discuss OTR initiatives on your campus, share best practices, and network with fellow colleagues. The dates of the regional roundtables are listed below.  For each date we will set up breakout rooms for individual regional conversations.  

October 25 - OTR KC Regional Roundtable @ 3 pm (ET)/12 pm (PT)

Registration: https://engage.naspa.org/NC__Event?id=a0l4X00000GXAxFQAX

November 29 - OTR KC Regional Roundtable @ 3 pm (ET)/12 pm (PT)

Registration: https://engage.naspa.org/NC__Event?id=a0l4X00000GXAxKQAX

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