In the News
The Parent and Family Relations KC likes to keep in tune with what the popular press is saying about parents. Below are some of the more recent articles we have found.
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• Colleges: Hard Up for Cash? Hit Up the Parents for a Donation
Chronicle of Higher Education from May 15, 2011
Parental-giving programs, newly energized, see a surge in participation on many campuses
• One University Learns that in Aid Letters, a Compromise is the Perfect FixChronicle of Higher Education from May 1, 2011
Redesign of financial aid award letters for ease of student and parent understanding.
• Researchers Find Constant Contact Between Parents and Students, but Not Much InterventionChronicle of Higher Education from March 14, 2011
Parents are most likely to step in when
it comes to financial matters, like bills and student aid, according to
data presented at NASPA's annual meeting.
• Study of Parents: How They Evaluate Colleges and Influence Enrollment2010 Longmire and Company
This study was designed to explore the consumer behavior of parents as it relates to the selection of a college, and how their established behavior ultimately influences the child.
• The iConnected ParentInside Higher Ed from September 10, 2010
With the start of a new academic year -- and a new crop of freshmen leaving home for the first time -- comes the now-inevitable round of articles about the parents who have a little too much trouble letting go. Are the ties that bind really growing tighter each year? And if they are, what does it mean, and should we be worried?
• Leveraging Parents as Allies in Student SuccessAcademic Impressions from August 26, 2010
• Students, Welcome to College; Parents, Go HomeThe New York Times from August 22, 2010
'Sneaky" strategies being used by colleges and universities to signal to families that it is time to go home!
• What Is It About 20-Somethings?The New York Times from August 18, 2010
Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?
• Mindset List for the Class of 2014Beloit College, August 2010
Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College
Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape
the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of
Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and former
Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, it was originally created as a
reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a
catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation.
• Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and SuccessFried and Associates, 2009
An important resource for college financial aid staff, child welfare workers, and advocates. This guide was developed and offered nationally through the Foster Care Higher Education Consortium for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and Training, of which NASPA is a partner.
• Beyond the Jokes on 'Helicopter Parents'Inside Higher Ed from September 9, 2009
An associate dean for undergraduate programs offers suggestions on one distinguishing the overbearing,
interfering “helicopter parent” of legend from the concerned parent who
might help administrators successfully intervene on behalf of a
• Parents, Kids Today More in Harmony Than Prior GenerationsUSA Today from August 12, 2009
Parents, kids today more in harmony than prior generations: Popular
wisdom suggests many young people and their Baby Boomer parents get
along great unlike kids and parents did back in the '60s and '70s. So
does that mean the generations see eye to eye?
• Why Reverse Transfer?Inside Higher Ed from April 17, 2009
Administrators have long suspected that most students who "reverse transfer" from four-year institutions to community colleges -- given that they are typically from low-income families -- do so for financial reasons. A new report, however, argues that parents' level of education has a bigger impact than does income, and that academic difficulty in the first years of college is more likely to be be the reason behind reverse transfer.
• Parents' Views of the Economy
Inside Higher Ed from March 30, 2009
Survey of parents of current college students finds downturn is unlikely to increase dropouts, but could rearrange enrollment patterns toward less expensive institutions.
• Pushy Parents Can Act as Agents
BBC News from August 19, 2008
So many parents have been chasing university places for their
children that the admissions system is now letting parents act as their
• Parents, Quit the Hovering
USA Today Columnist Opinion from June 17, 2008
Bruno, "reformed helicopter parent" and Washington, DC freelance
writer, discusses that even in the midst of graduation season, "our
kids still have no idea what they want to do, and it's all the parents'
• 'In Loco Parentis' in Disaster Mode
Chronicle of Higher Education First Person column from March 14, 2008
Gene C. Fant Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Union University in Jackson, TN, reflects on the student reaction to the EF-4 tornado that hit the campus. With dorms in ruins after the storm, most students just wanted to see their parents.
• How Do You Grow a Grown-up?
Dowagiac Daily News Online Edition (Dowagiac, MI) from March 11, 2008
Nationally syndicated columnist, Lisa Earle McLeod, discusses Baby Boomers as parents of today's college students.
• It's Your Child's Education, Not YoursChronicle of Higher Education Point of View Column from November 23, 2007
Dr. Lynette Merriman, senior associate dean for student affairs at the University of Southern California and literature reviewer for the Parent and Family Relations KC, discusses balancing student development with parental concerns.
• Invasion of the Helicopter Parents
Business Weekly article from April 16, 2007
A new crop of MBAs is often accompanied by moms and dads eager to get involved in their kids' education. Is this hovering healthy?