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Orientation leader poses with new students.

Mission & Learning Outcomes


The Center for Student Development is dedicated to fostering student success and a sense of belonging for all students and families connected to New Paltz. Our goals are to; provide a positive transitional experience, maximize the retention and success of students, offer opportunities for leadership and social development to campus and the local community, serve as a primary link to campus for the parents and family members of our new and continuing students and foster a campus environment that promotes healthy and responsible decision making.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in orientation and other programs the Center for Student Development offers, students will learn to:
-Name campus resources and offices that are available to help them in their transition to New Paltz
-Identify transition issues they may encounter in their first-year
-Describe community expectations and student responsibilities to the New Paltz community
-Create a class schedule for the following semester
-Utilize my.newpaltz.edu, NP Alert, Blackboard, etc.
-Recognize the benefits of continued interaction with their Orientation Leader/Peer Mentor
-Identify strategies for preventing sexual violence
-Give examples of strategies for reducing high-risk drinking
-Identify options for first-year engagement, including programming and leadership opportunities

Student OL/Peer Mentors & other Center for Student Development Staff will learn to:
-Lead small groups
-Speak in public
-Manage their time with numerous tasks
-Work independently to apply critical thinking and problem solving skill sets