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In 1955, RIT started a new orientation program, "Freshman Daze," later called "Frosh Daze." Sponsored by both the school's administration and the RIT Student Association, the program consisted of five days of activities including freshman registration, assemblies, and social gatherings such as coffee hours, a mixer dance, and a picnic. This program continued into the 1960s.
RIT's orientation services were once again revamped in 1970 when the Student Orientation Seventy (S.O.S.) was established. The school anticipated over 5,000 new students arriving on campus in the fall of 1970. S.O.S. was setup to help new students become acquainted with the campus through various planned events. Over the next decade, the program's name changed to reflect each respective year. Thus, in 1971 the orientation program was called S.O.S. 1 (Student Orientation Seventy-one) and in 1976 it was called S.O.S. 6. Then, in 1982 the name was officially changed to Student Orientation Services (again, S.O.S.) with the stated purpose of:
...[overseeing] the development and implementation of program(s) which will successfully aid new students in their transition to the RIT environment and foster a positive attitude toward their academic success.
As of 2011, RIT's new student orientation was run by the New Student Orientation staff in the Division of Student Affairs. To further focus on student scholastic and social transitioning from high school to college, RIT has developed the First Year Enrichment program (FYE). The Program’s courses, Discovery and Pathways, are instructed by professionals who are experts in student transition. Credit-bearing FYE classes focus on topics including independent thinking and problem solving skills, ethical decision making, personal and social responsibility, and professional networking, as well as academic fundamentals such as time management, study skills, and working in teams. Each class carries one credit hour meaning that it meets once-per-week. Discovery classes are composed of students from the same major, while Pathways classes are multidisciplinary.
Additionally, Discovery and Pathways instructors provide coaching on academic, personal and social issues. This element of the FYE program sets the RIT FYE program apart from other first-year programs around the country. Coaching is not counseling. Rather than being a problem-based meeting with a counselor, the goal of coaching is to provide an academic and career focused meeting to identify goals and the steps and resources which can facilitate that goal becoming a reality.
FYE text excerpted from RIT FYE website, accessed December 2011.
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