Collegebound: assessing the CSB/SJU outdoor orientation program

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Higher Education | Outdoor Education


Collegebound has been offered as an optional outdoor orientation program to incoming first-year students at CSB/SJU for over 30 years. The popular program is one of over 200 outdoor orientation programs being offered around the United States. Collegebound has increased in student-participation numbers in recent years to over 10% of the incoming class, however, little formal evaluation has been conducted. This research assesses the history, practices, and outcomes of Collegebound. Using a mixed methods design, academic and personal-social outcomes of Collegebound participation were studied to understand the impact of the program on students' college transition and career. As colleges and universities strive to attract and retain students of various backgrounds and interests, it is important to recognize and support programs that appeal to students, assist in their development, and support institutional goals.


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