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NODA Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention can offer colleges and universities quality, affordable consulting services that will assess organizational strengths while identifying opportunities for rejuvenation and change.

NODA has over 30 years of history in education, leadership, and professional development in the field of college student orientation, transition, and retention. NODA’s diverse professional interest shares experience in new freshman/transfer student orientation; family orientation; student leader selection, training and development; parent programs; and retention – using experienced people from inside and outside the field to conduct on-site evaluations for the client.


Visit 1: Content Analysis & Review of Existing Processes
Objective: To assess & evaluate existing processes and programs to identify gaps and establish success metrics based on CAS Standards.

Visit 2: Facilitated Focus Groups/ Assessment
Objective: To meet with constituents and participants through a series of focus groups and assessment to identify programmatic and learning outcomes.

Visit 3: Final report
Objective: To provide recommendations (strategies, tactics and program design) for how to demonstrate organizational engagement in the orientation process.

*Visit 1 and 2 can be combined into one extended visit.


  • Institution requests consultation
  • Institution prepares institutional profile
  • Letter of Agreement between NODA and institution is executed
  • Institution provides a list of preferred dates
  • NODA proposes team members for approval by the institution
  • Evaluation team reviews all background material provided by the institution
  • Site visits
  • Written report created, formatted, and edited
  • Written report delivered to institution

NODA is committed to providing a cost-effective external review; and are prepared to assess and analyze the institution’s particular needs, whether large or small in scale. If a full review of the institution’s transition programs isn’t necessary, contact the NODA Home Office for additional options and a customizable evaluation. Contact Executive Director, Joyce Holl,, 612-625-3659.

Click here to learn more about the NODA External Review Program


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