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Parent and Family Engagement in Higher Education. AEHE Volume 41, Number 6. Edition No. 1. J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series (AEHE)

  • ID: 3610251
  • Book
  • October 2015
  • 112 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the role that parents and families play in college students’ lives through their involvement starting with K–12, moving through the transition to college, and then focusing on the college experience itself.

The authors broaden the conversation to reflect the actual and diverse array of parents and families that play vital roles in students’ collegiate experiences. Particular attention is paid to:
  • diverse families, including students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students,
  • an agenda for more inclusive research, theories, and practices with the goal of broadening the conversation to reflect the diverse array of parent and family engagement, and
  • standards, models, and best practices that might be applied more broadly and modified as needed.
As a whole, this volume offers an expanded way of thinking about how higher education understands, engages, and serves the needs of parents and families.

This is the 6th issue of the 41st volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Executive Summary vi

Foreword x

Acknowledgments xiii

The Relationship Between College Students and Their Families 1

Plan for Monograph 2

The Progression From Parents to Families 4

The Importance of Shifting Away From Parent Terminology 6

Changing Demographic Trends 7

Connecting Students, Families, and Institutions 9

Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education Through High School Years 18

Familial Engagement Within Elementary and Secondary Schools 20

Outcomes of Parental and Familial Support 22

Taking Structural Barriers Into Account 24

Familial Engagement in the Transition to College 25

How Families Experience the College Transition 26

College Outreach and Transition 27

Institutional Expectations for Parent/Family Involvement in the College Experience 32

Family Engagement and Involvement in College 34

Exploring the Family–Student–Institution Relationship 35

The Supportive Roles of Parents and Families in the College Experience of Their Children 36

Outcomes of Family Engagement in College 38

Parental Engagement and Involvement Differences in College 40

Parents and Families as Active College Partners 42

Shifting the Paradigm of Parent and Family Involvement: A Practitioner Perspective of Families as Partners in Student Success 45

Development of Parent and Family Services 47

Paradigm Shift: From FERPA to Parents as Partners 48

Best Practices 53

Outreach to Families of Students of Color, First-Generation Students, and International Students 57

Challenges and Opportunities 62

Implications and Recommendations: An Emerging Agenda to Better Understand the Role of Parents and Families 66

Educating the Campus Community on Engaging Families 67

Institutional Considerations 68

Expanding Research 69

Strength-Based Strategies 71

Conclusion 72

Appendix 73

References 74

Name Index 87

Subject Index 92

About the Authors 94

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Judy Marquez Kiyama
Casandra E. Harper
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