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New Resource for Parent and Family Orientation Programs Now Available

Thursday, May 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Parents and family members play a critical role in the success of new college students, but those who never attended college or who have been away from it for a while may lack critical information about the purpose, goals, and structure of higher education today. Recognizing this, NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education, and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition have collaborated for more than a decade to produce high-quality resources defining the role of parents and family members in first-year college student success.

Navigating the First College Year: A Guide for Parents and Families is the latest effort in that partnership. This brief guide offers an overview of the college experience, especially in the first year, and suggests strategies for helping students succeed academically and socially. A glossary of key terms is included. Grounded in the student success research and practice literature, the guide is ideal for use in orientation programs, recruitment events, and family weekends.

"very helpful information that covers what parents need and actually want to know about college”—parent of two California Polytechnic State University undergraduates

Navigating the First College Year: A Guide for Parents and Families

Richard Mullendore and Leslie Banahan

(2014). 32 pages. ISBN 978-1-889271-91-0

More resources for parents and families from NODA and the National Resource Center. . .

Guía para los padres de los estudiantes de primer año

Richard Mullendore and Leslie Banahan

(2007). 36 pages. ISBN 978-1-889271-56-9.

A Guide for Families of Commuter Students: Supporting Your Student’s Success

Cathie Hatch and Tracy L. Skipper

(2004). 28 pages. ISBN 1-889271-46-2.

All guides $3.00 each; $2.00 each when purchased in 100-unit lots.

To order Navigating the First College Year or other resources for parents and families, please visit us online at

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