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New students - Deciding which courses to take your first quarter at DU?

Take the Academic Advising Survey. The Academic Advising Survey helps our staff academic advisors to suggest interesting and appropriate schedule options for your fall quarter courses. After you complete the survey, your staff academic advisor will contact you by email in the following weeks to move forward with planning your fall quarter courses, answer your questions and direct you to any resources you may need. Prior to registering for your courses during Discoveries Orientation, you will have built 3 possible schedules. The Academic Advising survey will be available June 21st to midnight on July 4th. If you do not complete it during that time, you must wait until September 6th to go through advising and schedule planning. Please review the Academic Advising Guide before completing the Academic Advising survey.


Examples of presentations at Parent & Family Orientation

Provided by Academic Resources, Student Life

Sessions held during Parent & Family Orientation 2015 provided excellent resources for showing how parents, families, and guardians can be effective partners in their student's transition into college.

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Chasing Real Rabbits With Your Student

Professor Corey Ciocchetti, University of Denver

"We all chase fake rabbits in one form or another. We desire popularity and respect from our peers and we strive to posses the same amenities as our neighbors... We are all human and conditioned from childhood to chase worldly success in the form of excessive wealth, popularity and recognition. Unfortunately, these 'successes' rarely create the true and sustainable happiness we have always desired and we sometimes wonder where we steered off course..." View the full article.

Parents Can Influence Kids' Drinking in College, Research Finds

Anna Miller, American Psychological Association

"A lot of folks think that once you get old enough to go to college, parents don't make much difference," says Fromme, a professor of clinical psychology at UT–Austin. "But our research shows that parental awareness and caring was still exerting an influence on alcohol use, sexual behavior and drug use..." View the full article.

Higher ed hot topics

"Snowplow Parents" Clear the Path at Students' Expense

Helicopter parents are now becoming “snowplow parents,” as they try to smooth a path for their students throughout college — and sometimes beyond. This might include getting directly involved with roommate issues, complaining to professors about their students’ grades or tagging along on job interviews, according to  The Boston Globe .

Saying Goodbye To My Child, The Youngster

Michael Gerson, Washington Post

"The emotions of a parent, I can attest, are an odd mix: part pride, part resignation, part self-pity, even a bit of something that feels like grief. The experience is natural and common..." View the full article.

Involving Grandparents in the College Experience

College Parents of America

"Not all college students may have grandparents who are able to be involved in their grandchild's college life, but there are many different ways that grandparents might contribute to the student's experiences. One survey of students indicated that relationships with grandparents or significant elders influenced their life choices, values and goals..." View the full article.

Book Reviews

Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money (2nd edition)
Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller
St. Martin's Press, 2011
Review by Jo Calhoun