Is Facebook part of the problem. Rather than creating a reliable way for your parents to receive information from your college or university, Facebook encourages collisions between parents and constant checking of their feed. It actually encourages over-involvement.
Modern College Parent Involvement Trends is a brief study on how different types of parents and their students communicate, to partner for success in college.
Next week, CampusESP will release its annual report on modern college parent involvement. The report will also be part of a formal presentation given at the the 2016 AHEPPP National Conference, entitled “Measuring the Impact of Parent Engagement on Student Success”.
In advance of the conference, we decided to provide a brief preview into some of the most noteworthy insights. The full report will be released in early December.
Laura Hamilton, a sociologist at the University Of California Merced, recently broke parenting into four categories in her book "Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success". She was also recently interview on Chicago Tonight, where she discussed these categories:
Previous CampusESP analysis has shown that parents providing academic advice has apositive relationship with academic success.
By building bridges with African American and Hispanic parents (parents who are asking for more involvement anyway), colleges can help those students be more successful.
Hispanic/Latino parents interact with their parents more frequently than other ethnicities.
- Hispanic parents are 18% more likely than other ethnicities to engage their students on a daily basis.
- 39% of Hispanic parents interact with their students at least once a day, compared with 32% of the general parent population.
Parents who provide academic advice "often/very often" to their college students report student GPAs that are .5 higher than parents who "never/sometimes" provide academic advice.
CampusESP recently released “Meet the New Digital Parent in Higher Education”. The results validate the cultural shift occurring with parent involvement in higher education. Parents are more involved, more connected, and have higher expectations than ever.