The transition from high school to college can be perilous for even the best students. But for those who are the first from their family to attend higher education, it can be overwhelming. That’s why some colleges and universities provide parents with the opportunity to see for themselves what a typical day is like (“Sending Mom and Dad off to college for a day,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11).
Nothing, of course, can substitute for a student’s innate ability to handle college-level work, but involving parents has the potential to make the difference between dropping out and on-time graduation. Their emotional support is likely to be even more vital because it is based on what they experienced, even if it was only for a day.
Parents are increasingly being seen as partners in higher education. In the past, their involvement was largely limited to K- 12, but today they are being welcomed beyond. I think it’s a promising trend.
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