You have been your children’s mentors and role models all along. You have always had their best interests at heart. You have supported and advocated for them from the beginning with our elementary, middle, and senior high schools encouraging your close involvement with their education. You represent a strong component of their academic and personal support network, with their academic personal successes as your common goal.
We also understand that the transition from high school to college can be a dramatic one for students. Research tells us that without the proper support services, students are at greater risk for withdrawing because of the uncertainty that naturally takes place during this period of transition. Now, as they make this important shift from high school to college and as they continue through their degree programs, we hope you will continue to support them in making responsible decisions that will shape their futures. Parents need to understand and accept that their children are in the process of discovering their autonomy, and so one of the best things we can do for them is to help them emerge as responsible, self-directed, and capable adults.
So, what is it that we hope and expect students to be responsible for as they navigate their way through the education system, and how can you as parents help in that developmental process?
Let’s have a look at the students’ roles and responsibilities.
- Accept responsibility for their own learning and understanding, for their own personal and academic progress
- Monitor their own academic progress
- Know the degree requirements for their chosen major
- Communicate with their academic advisor about any issues or concerns they may have about their academics or student life
- Attend class
- Manage their time for class preparation
- Familiarize themselves with Temple University resources
- Understand and adhere to University policies and procedures
How can parents support their children in this growth process?
- Be available to support and encourage their children
- Maintain regular contact
- Offer advice when appropriate
- Encourage their children to do what they can and should be doing for themselves
- Give students the space to make mistakes and move on in this safe environment
The Dean of Students Office strives to provide quality programs and services for students that enhance their collegiate experience. The Dean of Students serves as an advocate for all students. The Dean of Students’ Office includes the Dean of Students, the Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs, an Associate Dean, and an Assistant Dean.
As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Temple University cannot disclose a student’s education records without the written consent of a student or without proof that the student is the tax dependent of the parent. FERPA provides a variety rights for students and for the parents of dependent students attending Temple University.
Additional Online Resources
Below are a list of online resources that can assist you in the process of being the parent or guardian of a college student.
A Professor of Psychology of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Dr. Appleby has helped many students make the transition from high school to college.