The Pomona College Student Affairs Division has identified six Student Learning Outcomes which help shape the Orientation Adventure (OA) experience. As student OA leaders progress through leader training and first-year students participate in the OA program, we expect students will increase their understanding and gain skills and experiences in these six areas:

  1. Knowledge Acquisition
  2. Cognitive Complexity
  3. Personal Development
  4. Engaging Others in Action
  5. Social Responsibility and the Dynamics of Difference and Power
  6. Practical Competence

OA leaders and first-year participants gain these skills in a variety of ways during the program from community engagement and environmental justice projects to cooking a meal with their OA group and technical skills training for outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, or camping.

knowledge

Knowledge Acquisition – OA Leader Examples

  • Researching trip details such as weather, trails, reservations, and bus routes.
  • Training workshop about different leadership styles

Knowledge Acquisition – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Learning while doing (experiential learning)
  • Learning about Pomona life first hand from OA leaders
  • Gaining information about the local areas they visit on OA
cognitive

Cognitive Complexity – OA Leader Examples

  • Thinking outside the box for OA group’s needs
  • Reflective journaling projects during training and during the OA trip
  • Decision making skills with OA group
  • Modeling environmentally friendly behavior for first-years
  • Working with co-leaders to come to agreements when opinions differ
  • Working on the fly to solve real life problems in the now

Cognitive Complexity – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Reflective journaling assignments during and after the OA trip
  • Practice planning skills for self-care while on an extended trip
  • Allowed to voice opinion while debriefing activities on OA
personal

Personal Development – OA Leader Examples

  • Self Understanding (leader styles workshop)
  • Identity Development (diversity identity training)
  • Ethics and Integrity (LNT , Teal Dot)
  • Personal Responsibility (taking care of one’s self first to be more effective leader of others)
  • Adaptability and flexibility in difficult situations

Personal Development – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Identity Development (personal journey using OA to feel out their new community of Sagehens)
  • Ethics and Integrity (LNT, environmental ethics)
  • Personal Responsibility (self-care, health, hydration, food, sun protection)
  • Connection to Pomona community
engaging

Engaging Others in Action – OA Leader Examples

  • Communication and lesson planning workshop and practice
  • Effective leadership styles workshop
  • Conflict Resolution mediation training with monsour counseling center
  • Collaboration with community partners on and off campus
  • Civility/ Respect for others while on trips and in training
  • Engagement/ Participation in activities

Engaging Others in Action – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Effective leadership (given opportunities on trip to be “leader of the day”)
  • Collaboration with others during projects, cooking, activities, etc.
  • Civility/ Respect for others while in stressful situations
social

Social Responsibility and Dynamics of Difference and Power – OA Leader Examples

  • OA leader training workshops including topics on:
    • Understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences
    • Sense of civic responsibility from
    • Global Perspective
    • Positionality within a community
    • Identify power in relationships
    • Learning concept of privilege
    • Understanding plus identifying injustice, and advocating for change

Social Responsibility and Dynamics of Difference and Power – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Participation in environmental service projects and civic community engagement activities, helping gain knowledge of:
    • Understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences
    • Sense of civic responsibility
    • Community engagement projects while on OA
    • Environmental service projects while on OA
    • Debriefing activities
    • Global Perspective
    • Positionality within a community
    • Identify power in relationships
    • Learning concept of privilege
    • Understanding plus identifying injustice, and advocating for change
practical

Practical Competence – OA Leader Examples

  • Public speaking/ Presentation skills training and practice
  • Technological Competence using GPS locator devices
  • Outdoor gear training for camping specific activities
  • Finance management practice of an OA trip including payment to guides, petty cash distribution for meals, etc.
  • Demonstrate professionalism with guide companies, bus services, and rangers.

Practical Competence – First-Year Participant Examples

  • Gear and outdoor activity training
  • Practice using Pomona College systems for OA sign up process