US institutions hosting more orientation programs directed solely at parents

August 19, 2019

In response to the still-growing phenomenon of helicopter parents, many post-secondary institutions in the US are now offering orientation programs directed specifically at parents, reports Jeremy Bauer-Wolf. The author notes that these orientations are designed primarily to assuage parents’ fears about their children being on their own for the first time, in addition to other concerns about issues like campus safety, employment prospects after graduation, and underage drinking. In some cases, parents will attend orientation programming in place of their children and direct their children to choose a school based on these experiences. Inside Higher Ed (International)