Project Redesign: Duke discusses major changes to pre-orientation programs
Duke is reinventing pre-orientation programs for the early years.
Instead of serving as an optional enrichment prior to the start of Orientation Week, Pre-Orientation Programs will potentially be a mandatory event in the middle of O Week for all first year students. The new format will be called âOrientation Experiencesâ or âImmersive Experiencesâ.
âBasically, it’s literally not a pre-orientation anymore,â said junior Finn Brauer, director of this fall’s Project BUILD program.
Pre-orientation leaders learned of the proposed changes in recent meetings with New Student Programs.
A meeting between BUILD management and the NSP was supposed to last an hour, but ultimately lasted almost three hours because “people were really shaken up,” Brauer said, with the students wondering why they hadn’t been involved in the process. the process earlier.
Jordan Hale, associate dean of students and director of new student programs, wrote in an email to The Chronicle that the office is still working with student leaders to work out the details of the changes.
âAs we do, we’ll be sure to be in touch,â Hale wrote.
As part of the new setup, the first days of week O will include normal activities organized by the first year advisory advisors. O-week will then move on to the mandatory programming of immersive experiences.
Immersive experiences will be paired with on-campus organizations and offices, as well as new student programs. This represents a change in the way programs are typically delivered, Brauer said.
“It will influence the way they are run and to some extent represents a change, because previously they were mostly run by students,” he said.
Pre-orientation programs normally last about seven to eight days, with a few exceptions; now students The Chronicle spoke to said the programs would be shorter.
Administrators have not yet decided how many days the pre-orientation activities will last, but currently estimate between four and six.
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There may also be new pre-orientation programs added to the mix. According to a student who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, Duke is in talks with Polis: Center for Politics about creating a leadership-focused agenda, and an environmental agenda is also on the table. Brauer said there could be ten pre-orientation programs in total.
According to Brauer, with ten programs and around 1,800 first years entering, each program could end up with around 180 students, which would increase staff demands.
However, the anonymous student said the current plan is to make all programs different sizes. The Wild, Waves and BUILD projects – the âtop three projectsâ, per student – could end up with more students.
Duke is also potentially working on changing the application process for pre-orientation programs, according to junior Will Hayes and the anonymous student. Hayes was co-director of Project Waves. The two students obtained the information during meetings with the NSFP.
Brauer and Hayes noted that Duke was unsure of how they would handle certain situations that might arise without applications, such as students who are placed in Project Waves or Project Wild but don’t like the outdoors.
Nadia Bey is a Trinity junior and editor of The Chronicle 117th volume.
Leah Boyd is a Junior Pratt and editor of The Chronicle 117th volume.