New-Student Orientations: Supporting Success and Socialization in Graduate Programs

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This article describes the use of an orientation logic model to examine whether certain orientation program characteristics, such as resources and tenets, are associated with student retention, grade achievement, and socialization.

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Benavides, Abraham David & Keyes, Laura 2016.

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This article describes the use of an orientation logic model to examine whether certain orientation program characteristics, such as resources and tenets, are associated with student retention, grade achievement, and socialization.

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Abstract: While the literature demonstrates the importance of certain core elements of orientation programs in helping students achieve academic and social integration, it lacks application to the specialization level of the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP), and similar degree programs. Employing data from a survey of 296 graduate programs accredited through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), this research uses an orientation logic model to examine whether certain orientation program characteristics, such as resources and tenets, are associated with student retention, grade achievement, and socialization. We find that certain core elements of orientation programs are related with outputs of student retention and student learning and outcomes of student socialization. We suggest that certain core elements that support socialization and mentoring between faculty and students provide important opportunities to socialize students overall into the profession of public service.

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  • Journal of Public Affairs Education, 2016. Washington, DC: Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Public Affairs Education
  • Volume: 22
  • Issue: 1
  • Pages: 107-124
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Benavides, Abraham David & Keyes, Laura. New-Student Orientations: Supporting Success and Socialization in Graduate Programs, article, 2016; Washington, DC. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1010748/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.