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Title: Diversifying the Exploration Process: Using Dating Techniques to Find Your Perfect Major


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Diversifying the Exploration ProcessUsing
Dating Techniques to Find Your Perfect Major
  • Iceney CeasarandRex RobertsFirst Year Advising
    and ExplorationCode 287
  • NACADA National Conference
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • October 20, 2006

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SHOUT OUTS!!!!
  • Meena Datta Turner
  • Beth Stroshane

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The University of Central Florida
  • Located in Orlando, FL
  • Enrollment of over 47,000 students
  • Offers 87 degree programs from the following
    colleges
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health and Public Affairs
  • Hospitality Management
  • Sciences
  • Undergraduate Studies

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First Year Advising and Exploration
  • Office make-up
  • 1 Director
  • 2 Assistant Directors
  • 11 Advisors
  • 4 Graduate Assistants
  • Office Manager
  • Office Assistant
  • 6 Peer Mentors
  • 1 Really Cool Webmaster
  • 4 Student Assistants

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First Year Advising and Exploration
  • Responsibilities
  • Advising Loads
  • Undeclared Population

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The UCF Summer Orientation Program
  • 16 two-day FTIC Orientation programs
  • Day 1 presentations
  • Colleges
  • Undeclared Presentation
  • Day 2
  • Schedule Planning
  • Registration

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Undeclared PresentationPrevious Presentations
  • Challenges
  • Large groups
  • Students were not engaged
  • Lack of connection between students and staff
  • Students could not relate to content being
    presented

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Goals
  • Provide students with tools needed to begin major
    exploration process
  • Engage students in every aspect of the
    presentation
  • Make a connection with an advisor
  • Innovative presentation that would benefit both
    students and advisors

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Concept
  • Brainstorming process
  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Something modern which students could relate to
  • Needed substance, not just modern concepts

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
Using Dating Techniques to Find Your Perfect
Major!!
  • Components
  • Basic Academic Terms
  • Elimimajor
  • Hollands Code
  • Speed Dating
  • Internet Dating
  • What you can do after this presentation

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Elimimajor
  • Students are given a list of all majors available
    at UCF
  • Students are instructed to go through the majors
  • circling the majors they are interested in
  • crossing out the majors they are not interested
    in
  • putting a question mark next to the majors they
    have no clue what they are
  • putting stars next to the two majors that
    interest them the most
  • Students are allotted 10-15 minutes to ask
    advisors about majors while completing their
    elimimajor sheet

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Internet Dating
  • Students are taken to large computer lab
  • Use Choices Planner under Florida Department of
    Education Website www.bridges.com/cpflorida
  • Give students a chance to narrow down a list of
    potential careers based on interests, skills,
    earnings, and work values
  • Students can click on careers to find out
    specifics including job duties, skills needed,
    potential majors, and job outlook
  • Students are encouraged to write down careers
    that they would like to investigate further

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Speed Dating
  • Each advisors represents a different mate
  • Students have the opportunity to meet with two
    mates for 10 minutes
  • Students use this time to ask questions about the
    major and careers associated with the major

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • What can students do after this presentation?
  • If they have found a major
  • If they have not found a major

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Assessment (n873 undeclared students in 2006)
  • 98.3 Found information in presentation useful
    (95 in 2005)
  • Had no major that interested me
  • 18.6 Before Presentation
  • 2.6 After Presentation
  • Had a specific major in mind or ready to declare
    major
  • 11.5 Before Presentation
  • 38.6 After Presentation
  • Academic Terms 97.5 very or somewhat helpful
  • Elimimajor 96.1 very or somewhat helpful
  • Speed Dating 97.3 very or somewhat helpful
  • Internet Dating 89.2 very or somewhat helpful

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Undeclared PresentationNew Presentation
  • Assessment
  • Frequent Comments and suggestions from students
  • Informative
  • Presentation was very helpful in narrowing down
    my choices
  • Liked being able to talk with someone with
    knowledge in a field
  • It was great Thanks!
  • Creative Presentation
  • Would like to meet with more than 2 groups in
    speed dating
  • Funny comments
  • Thanks for being goofy
  • Woohoo!
  • Loved the corny jokes
  • Uhit was good.

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Benefits
  • Students are not pressured to declare a major
  • Students gain valuable skills/resources necessary
    to begin the exploration process
  • Creates contacts between students and advisors
  • Reduces fears of being an undeclared students and
    motivates them to declare a major
  • Prevents advisor burnout by utilizing a variety
    of activities

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Challenges
  • Time
  • Location
  • Group Sizes
  • Being able to engage students
  • Resistance from faculty and staff

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How can you implement this in your school?
  • Any institution can use this presentation
  • Can be used at Orientation
  • Can be used throughout the school year

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QUESTIONS
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FURTHER QUESTIONS
  • Please contact
  • Iceney Ceasar
  • iceasar_at_mail.ucf.edu
  • or
  • Rex Roberts
  • rsrobert_at_mail.ucf.edu
  • (407) 823-3789
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