Partnering for your Student's Success

Overview

As family members, you have likely advocated for your students' best interests for eighteen years or more. You have gone to school when your student had a problem, you talked to the coach if you didn't think your child was playing enough, you called the doctor to make the appointment when your child was sick, you called the neighbor when your children weren't getting along.  As your student enters college, your role needs to change, you let them grow.  If your student is going to be successful during and after college, you need to give your student some autonomy to be theirown player.  Your role becomes one of coach.  Rather than calling your student's professor, academic advisor or roommate's mom, you are going to coach your student about how to take action, address their own needs and advocate on behalf of themselves. As students learn to become self-advocates, family members have the opportunity to become their best coaches and biggest fans.

Each year in college brings different issues and opportunities for students. As you contine to support them, we encourage you to check out our resources as tools of encouragement, reference and reminders for your student.