The transition to university represents a major life change more incoming students. To facilitate this transition, USU adopted a phased-orientation system that provides students information justin- time for use. Currently, Module 3 can be completed either in-person or online. This analysis explores both the impact of the phased-orientation modules and the impact of completing Module 3 online verse in-person on student persistence to the next term. METHODS: First students who completed Module 3 online were compared to students who completed Module 3 in-person. Next students who completed all 5 modules were compared to students who only completed the required modules. Students were compared using prediction-based propensity score matching (PPSM). Students were matched with students by their persistence prediction and their propensity to participate. The groups were compared using difference- in-difference testing (DID). FINDINGS: Students were 99% similar following matching for both analyses. Students who completed Module 3 online did not differ in terms of persistence from students who completed Module 3 in-person. Student who completed all 5 modules were significantly more likely to persist to the next semester compared to similar students who did not (DID = 3.62%, CI: 2.12% – 5.12%).
Hagman, Amanda M.; Van den Akker, Jacob; Dickamore, Erik; and Simmons, Lisa, "New Student Orientation: Impact Analysis Fall 2017 to Spring 2019" (2020). Publications. Paper 19.