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Academic Course for Parents of First-Year Students Impacts Favorably on Student Retention

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A one-semester, credit-bearing course for parents of freshmen at Wichita State University increases the retention rate of those students. Because parents possess enormous influence, they can assist freshmen during their adjustment to the university environment. The course provides parents with information about the campus environment through monthly articles and audio cassette tapes. Enrolled parents receive ID cards and campus parking decals making them eligible to take advantage of university sponsored events at student rates. Parents who successfully complete stated course objectives for evaluation receive one unit of academic credit.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1990

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  • The Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education, such as explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences (including outcomes related to success, learning, and development) of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years; transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students); and explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to college transitions.
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