ERIC Number: ED325771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Parents as Referral Agents: A Retention Intervention. Research Report #10-90.
Boyd, Vivian; And Others
Parents who are sufficiently aware of the specific campus resources available to help students confront barriers to academic success, may serve as referral agents for their children. This study combined the interest of parents in helping their child have a successful experience at college, with the availability of the "Resource Manual," which lists and briefly describes the variety of resources available to students at the University of Maryland at College Park. During two sessions of the 1988 Summer Parent Orientation, a parents' support project was described, in which parents would be given information sufficient to help them serve as resource referral agents for their children. Sets of interested parents (N=69) were identified and sent a copy of the Resource Manual. Sets of parents (N=50) were randomly selected from a Parent Orientation session in which no mention of the parents' support project was made to serve as a comparison group. Students whose parents participated in the parents' support project persisted at significantly higher rates than students in the comparison group, and did so in good academic standing. Giving parents support materials seemed to be an effective and cost-efficient way of helping their students achieve their academic goals. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.