Navigating the First College Year

A Guide for Parents and Families
(1 – 99 copies)
Paper: 978 1 889271 91 0 / $3.00 Published: December 2014

32 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Published in partnership with NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education

Parents and family members play a critical role in the success of new college students, but those who never attended college or who have been away from it for a while may lack critical information about the purpose, goals, and structure of higher education today. This brief guide offers parents and families an overview of the college experience, especially in the first year, and suggests strategies for helping their students succeed. A glossary of key terms is included. Grounded in the student success research and practice literature, the guide is ideal for use in orientation programs, recruitment events, and family weekends. 

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Table of Contents:

The Transition From High School to College

The Ebb and Flow of the Academic Year

Communication and Support

The Big Four: Behaviors Supporting Academic Success

College Structures Supporting Student Success

College Finances

Technology and Higher Education

Healthy Students Are Successful Students

Campus Safety

When the First Year Is Not a Success

How Parents Can Stay Involved.

Closing Thoughts

A Glossary of College Terms


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