The Department of New Student Programs, which helps acclimate students and their families to the college experience, has a new name: the office of New Student Transition & Family Connections, within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
The new name coincides with the launch of the university’s strategic plan which, in part, focuses on student success the importance of connecting new students and their families to the people, services, and opportunities designed for them.
Additionally, per recommendations from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Idaho State Board of Education, the department has added two new positions, both focused on student success, mentorship and closing equity gaps. One of the two positions will champion the success of Idaho’s Indigenous students. Both positions will work closely with student success-oriented positions across the university, such as staff within the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, career advisors, academic advisors, and mentors. Both positions will also support orientation programming.
To learn more about the department and how they create and implement orientation, transition and ongoing engagement programs for new students and their families, visit the Orientation website.