Student Success

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Student Health: 21% of College Students Report No Alcohol Use

The headline of the story is noteworthy - "I Am A College Student With 0% BAC" but for reasons that may not be obvious. According to 93,034 student responses to the 2015 ACHA National College Health Assessment approximately 21.3% of students have never used alcohol.
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Can A College Revoke Your College Acceptance

Don’t Catch Senioritis! It Could Cost You Your College Acceptance NBC News By Elizabeth Chuck provided a useful report for college students and parents worried about a school revoking their admission.   The report indicates that even though the “college application process is over, graduation is approaching and spring is in full bloom, making conditions […]
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Understanding University Success

At College Parents of America, we strive to provide valuable resource information to our members, as well as vigorous advocacy. While many of my recent columns have centered around some of the key advocacy issues that we are focusing on – to serve you – here in Washington, DC, we also work to benefit you […]
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Essential College Question: What will happen if your college student has to withdraw from college?

Essential College Question: What will happen if your college student has to withdraw from college?
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College Tip: 5 Paths to College Success

In our twenty years of efforts to serve college parents, there are a few noteworthy voices who provided valuable insights into what is required by families, students, institutions and communities to promote & define college success.  That's why we are pleased to showcase an article below by Brandon Busteed who successfully served as the Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, at Gallup.
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Preparing For Freshman Year at College

Have you just graduated from high school? Have you received an acceptance letter from a college or university? Have you already committed or are you considering committing to a school? We have a list of things you should get started on over the summer in order to be fully prepared for your upcoming year as […]
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“My Young Adult is F.I.N.E.”

How we can ask more specific questions to ensure that our young adults aren’t struggling in silence and be honest about what they’re experiencing in higher education. When asking “How are you?” to your young adult, have you ever wondered if there’s something more behind the curtains of their “I’m fine” answer?  I wish I […]
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The Top 3 Most Powerful Consequences of Immersive Learning: How We Can Re-Route Our Students’ Professional Pathways

By Anna Fitzgibbon Are we doing it backward? It’s interesting- we expect our students to choose majors, professional pathways and career fields before they take a full inventory of what exists, what they love and how they could find their place within an existing model. If we want our students to potentially change industries, create […]
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College Waitlist: Should Your Student Just Wait?

The college application process is a stressful time for both students and their parents: college visits, narrowing down the choices, SAT or ACT exams, applications, essays, recommendations, and then – finally – your child finds that she has been put on the waiting list for her first choice college.  Yes, it may be discouraging, but all may not be lost.  There are some things that your “almost” college student should – an
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2019 College Admission Scandal (II) – Useful Observations for Parents

College Parents of America has a long history of making observations regarding the insanity of the college admissions process, but nothing really prepared our editors and contributors for the college admissions scandal that was announced yesterday by the FBI. It is very disappointing and disconcerting to those of us who promote the value of higher […]
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Insuring Your Student

The Importance of Insurance for Your Student As your baby birds begin to leave the nest, there are always a few things that us college parents are concerned about. Did I teach them enough? Can they really do their own laundry? Do they even know how to make rice? Take a breather, parents! You have […]
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If Your College Doesn’t Provide 100% Refunds, You Are Smart To Consider Tuition Insurance

If you are like most college parents, you are unaware if your college or university will provide a refund if your student is forced to withdraw mid-semester for health or medical reasons.  In a 2017 survey of college officials, only 16% of schools reported providing 100% refunds.  That's when tuition insurance can help.  Tuition insurance provides a refund when a college or university may not. 
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Gearing Up For The Road Ahead

Gearing Up for the Road Ahead As you take steps towards college, work, consider what you value and design a process with few steps on how to get there. It is best to be ready for failures, for rejections, and to keep moving forward. In order to find the programs that will benefit you and […]
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Sick or injured in college: What is a Parent To Do?

One of the greatest concerns of college parents has to do with the health and well being of their college student.
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Student Mental Wellness Needs (III) – Campus Resources

The reality is that 75% of all mental health conditions begin by age 24. That’s why the college years are so critical for families to be prepared to understand and speak about mental health issues.
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Student Mental Wellness Needs (II) – Trends & Data

Did you know that 75% of all mental health conditions begin by age 24? That’s why the college years are so critical for families to be prepared to understand and speak about mental health issues. 
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National Survey of College Parents

We are pleased to share the results of the 2016 biennial survey of college parents. The findings of this report are consistent with our prior the two prior research studies and confirms that “college families are an important source of support for increasing student success and college completion.” The 2016 survey of more than 510 College Parents conducted by College Parents of America through internet channels and subscribers in late June of 2016. We have a high degree of confidence that the survey is directionally correct and will be valuable to colleges and universities as well as other stakeholders interested in increasing rates of college completion.
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Our Gratitude for High School Counselors

A recent story by National Public Radio brought attention to the enormous value high school counselors provide within our schools and to our students and families.
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Washington Post – 7 Real Life Skills to Develop Prior to College

We love to see excellent writing and observations that provide real value to college parents and families. Remember that at College Parents of America we aim to offer helpful tips, insights and some humor to help in this life-transition.
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Half of College Students Surveyed Worry They Won’t Graduate

Over the past twenty-years, much of the work of College Parents of America has been focused on highlighting research and promoting actionable insights for families to support their college student through to graduation.  As a result, it is noteworthy to see Allianz Global Assistance, publish research into the confidence college families and students have in higher education. 
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2017-18 – College Parents Handbook for Student Success

We are delighted to publish the 2017-18 College Parent Handbook for Student Success. This publication marks the 20th-anniversary milestone of the founding of our organization.  Since our founding, more than one million families have been served by our membership benefits and services.  In the past 20 years, college has changed dramatically.  What hasn't changed is College Parents of America's focus on our mission to help students succeed in school as well as after graduation.