Campus Partner Resources

OTP strives to provide timely updates to Orientation campus partners. We know this results in lengthy emails where details sometimes get lost. The goal of this site is to provide a resource for Orientation updates while allowing OTP to streamline email communication.

2020 Orientation Season

Virtual Fast Track Orientation course.


Below are the resources we shared at your Fast Track Session, they are organized following the schedule for the day.

If you have any questions about these materials or the content included in them, please reach out to [email protected].

If you have not yet attended a Fast Track and would like to reschedule to a later in-person date, please register for a session by visiting the Fast Track registration page.

We will be in contact via student's emich email about updates and changes to programming. For timely updates, visit the COVID-19 webpage.


Fast Track Program Dates

(Dates through June have been moved to a virtual space)

  • Saturday, June 20 (Registration closes Monday, June 15)
  • Friday, June 26 (Registration closes Friday, June 19)
  • Saturday, July 18 (Registration closes Monday, July 13)
  • Saturday, August 1 (Registration closes Monday, July 27)
  • Thursday, August 6*** (If needed)

2020 First Three Orientation Dates

  • Friday, August 28—Sunday, August 30

2020 Orientation Program Schedules

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected].

Accessibility Resources

Orientation is an opportunity to highlight EMU’s mission and brand. Additionally, EMU aims to be an inclusive campus and this begins from their first interactions with us. Please research and implement the following recommendations as you update your presentations to make sure they are accessible for all students and their guests.

Have questions or concerns about your content? Please contact Disability Resource Center for more information and resources.

  • All videos should have correct captions and enable while showing. Auto-captioned videos are not recommended.
  • Pictures with meaning should have a descriptive caption below.
  • Images with words embedded should have a combined text description of the words in the image.
  • Provide clear verbal descriptions of visual content, such as images, charts, and videos.
  • Check the color contrast of presentation fonts.
  • Paper handouts should be available in a digitally accessible format, upon request.
  • Limit the use of non-accessible presentation formats, such as Prezi.
  • Consider an ending accessibility statement. Example: “If anyone needs an accessible version of the [content presented], please contact our office.”

Planning

Each year we anticipate following the General Orientation Planning Timeline below:

  • January

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    • Host Winter Orientation prior to start of Spring semester [December]
    • Review Winter Orientation assessment
    • Host meetings with Campus Partners regarding Orientation changes and improvements (includes special populations)
    • Prepare to open Fast Track Registration System for Spring/Summer (coordinate with Admissions, communication materials, website, and finalize session capacities)
    • Review/prepare Virtual Pre-Orientation for Fall
    • Request content for Fast Track publications (workbook, schedule, etc.); design for Orientation t-shirts
    • Develop Spring/Summer Orientation Assessment instruments (partnership with Admissions & Campus Labs)
    • O-Team Meetings and Orientation Group Leader training begins
    • OGL & O-Team Pre-assessment
    • 1:1 with OTP Coordinator & OTP Student Staff
  • FebruaryExpand dropdown
    • Distribute Fast Track schedule
    • Fast Track Registration System opens
    • Compile Spring Orientation dates for review/approval
    • Last meetings with Campus Partners regarding Orientation changes and improvements
    • Send Fast Track publications to print (workbook, schedule, etc.)
    • Finalize Fast Track Orientation Assessment instruments
    • Deadline for Fast Track presentations from Campus Partners
    • Reserve classroom/lab spaces for First Three Orientation
    • Identify next season’s Fast Track and First Three dates.
    • Review Orientation publications for changes
    • NSOA App closes
    • SWAT Coordinator Training begins
    • NSOA Interviews begin
    • OGL & Advisor Mixer
  • MarchExpand dropdown
    • Fast Track programs begin!
    • OTP student staff delegation attends regional NODA Conference
    • Administer OGL training assessment
    • Launch Fast Track Orientation Assessment instruments Student & Guest Survey launch (including component about OGL)
  • AprilExpand dropdown
    • Fast Track programs continue; includes hosting events and day-of logistics
    • Prepare for O-Team May Retreat
    • 1:1 with OTP Coordinator & OTP Student Staff
    • First Three Rental Reservations
    • SWAT Hiring complete
    • NSOA FireUp Training
  • MayExpand dropdown
    • Fast Track programs continue; includes hosting events and day-of logistics
    • First Three Orientation publications finalized and sent to print; Orientation t-shirts ordered
    • First Three Planning Meetings with Campus Partners
    • O-Team May Retreat
    • O-Team retreat assessment
    • Mid point review of Fast Track surveys
    • OTP Spring Retreat
    • New OTP Student Staff pre assessment
  • JuneExpand dropdown
    • Fast Track programs continue; includes hosting events and day-of logistics
    • 1:1 with OTP Coordinator & OTP Student Staff
    • First Three giveaway bidding process
  • JulyExpand dropdown
    • Fast Track programs continue; includes hosting events and day-of logistics
    • Deadline for First Three Orientation presentations from Campus Partners,& presenters. (end of month)
    • Prepare NSOA Training - Pre & post assessments
    • Prepare OGL and Oteam applications
  • AugustExpand dropdown
    • Host final Fast Track programs
    • Close Fast Track survey instruments
    • NSOA Training
    • Host First Three Programming
    • O-Team Training Assessment
    • NSOA Training - Pre & post assessments
    • Fast Track Internal Feedback & Debrief Meeting
  • SeptemberExpand dropdown
    • Review collected First Three Assessment data
    • Review/prepare Virtual Orientation for Winter
    • O-Team & OGL Recruitment
    • Send out F3 survey to students & Guests
    • Student Staffing debrief meetings/exit interviews
    • OTP Fall Retreat
    • 1:1 with OTP Coordinator & OTP Student Staff
  • OctoberExpand dropdown
    • Winter Orientation Registration System for Winter opens
    • Virtual Orientation available for Winter admits
    • Review of First Three assessment
    • Finalize First Three Orientation assessment reports & season report
    • O-Team Group Interviews
    • OTP Fall Retreat
  • NovemberExpand dropdown
    • Host debrief meetings with Campus Partners regarding Orientation (review of previous year, plans for future)
    • Review Fast Track materials (handbooks, t-shirts, etc.)
    • O-Team Individual Interviews and selection
    • OGL Retreat & Assessment
  • DecemberExpand dropdown
    • Host Winter Orientation
    • Host meetings with Campus Partners regarding Orientation (review of previous year, plans for future, updates)
    • Fast Track Schedule Changes solidified; request approval
    • Request Virtual Orientation edits for Fast Track
    • Review FITIAC communications with admissions for changes
    • Prepare to open Fast Track Registration System for next season (propose changes, coordinate with admissions and advising, communication materials)
    • 1:1 with OTP Coordinator & OTP Student Staff
    • NSOA App opens

2020 Orientation and Transition Programs Updates

  • Our Purpose

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    We connect incoming students to holistic resources in support of their transition into student engagement and success.
  • Our Vision

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    We envision a cohesive and inclusive experience that is student centered, student driven, and highlighted as a best practice example regionally.
  • Our Values

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    Intentionality | Inclusivity | Authenticity
  • Our Priorities

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    • Provide positively impactful experiences that anticipate and support the holistic needs of our incoming EMU community members.
    • Represent and celebrate the traditions and cultures of Eastern’s diverse community, to support a sense of belonging and social connectedness.
    • Cultivate cross institutional collaboration and robust community partnerships.
    • Facilitate an intentional platform and experience for current EMU student development, empowerment, and leadership.

Learning and Development Outcomes

  • Student Learning Outcomes

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    As a result of attending our Orientation and Transition Programs (Fast Track and First Three or Winter Orientation), students will...

    • Understand EMU’s academic expectations and students’ responsibility for their own academic, social, and personal experience. (Knowledge acquisition and application)
      1. This includes academic advising, class registration, degree requirements, deadlines, financial responsibilities, etc.
    • Articulate and demonstrate expectations for Eastern’s community members and how students can positively contribute to and engage in the community. (Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement)
      1. This includes the Student Rights and Responsibilities, the EMU Creed, Federal Regulations, etc.
    • Navigate the campus physical and digital environment and utilize University resources that will contribute to their success and engagement at Eastern. (Practical Competence)
      1. This includes involvement opportunities, leadership positions, College-specific experiences, and student support systems, etc.
    • Identify leadership skills and begin to interpret how they relate to their personal success as an Eastern Student. (Cognitive Complexity)
      1. This includes skills such as conflict resolution, ethical reasoning, teambuilding, time management, effective communication, and goal setting.
    • Develop a sense of belonging and social connectedness to the Eastern community and collaboration in their collegiate experience. (Interpersonal Competence)
    • Cultivate a sense of self-awareness through identifying personal values, identities, and strengths and how they can support their personal and professional goals. (Intrapersonal Development)
  • Guest Learning Outcomes

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    As a result of attending Orientation and Transition Programs (Fast Track and First Three or Winter Orientation), guests will...

    • Interpret and articulate the supportive role they play in their student’s transition process.
    • Understand EMU’s academic and community expectations, as well as, their student’s responsibility to make decisions and take actions related to their academic, social, and personal experience as an EMU student.
    • Identify on campus resources available to support their student academically, socially, and personally as an EMU student.

2019 Orientation Season Highlights

Thank you so much for a successful Fast Track and First Three 2019. We could not have done it without our supportive campus partners!

Do you know how many students and guests we served throughout the Orientation season?

  • 2,059 students checked in to Fast Track
  • 2,152 FITIAC full and part time students enrolled Fall 2019