A&O Focus Areas
First Year Programs is excited to kick-off the 2019 Advising & Orientation (A&O) season in collaboration with your department. In line with the FYP Sustainable Academic Business Plan (SABP) and student feedback that continues to indicate repeated information between what is presented online (U101) and what is presented in person (A&O), the following focus areas will be incorporated into A&O programs this year:
Student stories communicate the variety of opportunities available at UW and help first-year students make sense of their own pathway (academic exploration, campus engagement, resources, etc.).
Checklists and activities highlight specific things students should do or think about in order to prepare for A&O (U101 action items) and to begin their first quarter (Husky Guide action items).
Messages focus on challenging first-year students to step outside of their comfort zone to recognize assets and develop goals that will help them persevere in a new environment and routine.
What this means for your content:
- U101 content will be significantly reduced to focus on action items students should complete before A&O.
- Content not connected to action items will be synthesized into pathways and student stories that continue through storylines printed in the Husky Guide workbook and skits performed at A&O.
- Two versions of the Husky Guide will be published.
- The full-text version will be available online and include much of the same content that exists in the 2018 Husky Guide.
- The workbook version will be available in print and include A&O agendas, campus resource contact information, and action items students should complete at A&O, leading up to or during their first year.
- Parent Orientation participants will receive the full-text version in print.
- Major descriptions will be removed from the Areas of Academic Interest (pp 68-73). A list of majors will remain.
Advising & Orientation
- Presentations will be edited to reduce the amount of overlap between what is presented online and what is presented in person.
- Presentations will focus on active learning strategies so students can apply the information they learned in U101.
View Husky Guide Drafts
View via Google Drive
Thank you for all of your help with creating content and editing the Husky Guide and the Husky Guide Workbook. Drafts are available for review at the link above. Final drafts will be posted on Monday, May 6 and go to print that day.
Update A&O Presentations: May 1-30
Update via Google Drive
Please update your presenter list and presentation slides before the end of May. Note that you must log in to Google Drive with your UW NetID. Non-UW accounts will not be granted access to this folder.
- 2019 Presenter List: Update the presenter list with speaker names and email addresses in the appropriate tab (Freshman A&O, Transfer A&O, etc.). . We will send reminder emails to speakers the day before they are scheduled to speak. This is also where the most up-to-date locations for each session are listed.
- Presentation Slides: Upload your A&O presentation slides in the appropriate folder (Freshman A&O, Transfer A&O, etc.). Please create presentations directly in Google Slides. Simply uploading a PowerPoint presentation will require major corrections to formatting. Instructions and templates are available in the folder.
Spring SAS & ACS Quarterly Meeting: Thursday, June 20
Save the date for the Spring SAS & ACS Quarterly Meeting that will provide an overview of A&O and the new initiatives in both areas for this incoming class of first-year students.
- Thursday, June 20
- 9:30-11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 with light refreshments)
- Mary Gates Hall, room 389