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Transition to University. SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENT’S SUCCESS. Head Start Parent & Family Program University of Windsor. UWindsor Social Media. Follow us on Twitter: @UWindsor (#UWinHeadStart) Uwin App: Facebook: Students: NewAtUWindsor2013-2014

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supporting your student s success

Transition to University


Head Start Parent & Family Program

University of Windsor

uwindsor social media
UWindsor Social Media
  • Follow us on Twitter:
    • @UWindsor (#UWinHeadStart)
  • Uwin App:
  • Facebook:
    • Students: NewAtUWindsor2013-2014
    • Parents: Parents of UWindsor Students
we often find that parents a re
We Often Find That Parents Are…
  • … Actively involved in students’ university choice through the decision process
  • …Seen by students as their supporters & advocates
  • … Involved in all aspects of their students’ lives
  • … Concerned about safety
we often see that parents
We Often See That Parents …
  • … Consider education as a significant financial investment
    • Sometimes contributes to view of education as a consumer commodity but students need to put forth effort to achieve goals
  • … Enjoy stronger, continual communication with their children
    • Family calling plans, Email, Texting, Social networks, Skype
what does this mean for students
What Does This Mean for Students?
  • Students lives are more structured
  • This generation is more protected
  • Societal trend towards prolonged adolescence
  • Greater adjustment in university
    • Must accept that they are largely responsible for their own learning at university
discussion time
Discussion Time
  • As the parent or family member of a first year student, what do you see as your role?
  • In what areas might you encourage more independence in your student?
university and students as partners
University and Students as Partners
  • The University provides quality services to meet students’ needs
  • Students’ needs don’t always match their wants&expectations
  • Students are responsible for their own success
university and parents as partners
University and Parents as Partners
  • Families support student success by helping support the University’s goals for student development outcomes
  • Our goal is to enable students to:
    • Develop self-management skills
    • Problem solve independently
    • Become effective self-advocates
  • This is the foundation of the whole learning environment and helps to shape their skill set as adults
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University and Parents as Partners
  • Together, we can help students develop:
  • Sense of responsibility/accountability
  • Self-management skills
  • Goal-Orientation
  • Self-Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Appreciation of differences
  • Tolerance of ambiguity
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Feeling empowered to advocate for themselves
  • Problem solving strategies
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University and Parents as Partners
  • Work with university partners to facilitate not just achievement but personal development
  • Accept that “fixing” hampers personal growth
  • Continue to be supportive while encouraging greater independence, and self sufficiency
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University and Parents as Partners
  • Role change:

Manager Consultant

Onsite supervisor Mentor/Coach

  • Help students manage their physical and mental health
balancing concerns with establishing independence
Balancing Concerns with Establishing Independence
  • May be difficult to distinguish between normal & worrisome behaviour related to:
    • Partying
    • Grades & level of achievement
    • Depression, changes in mood or personality
    • Relationships
  • You can:
    • Listen& ask questions
    • Follow tips provided in your handbook
    • Refer to campus services
tips for transitioning handbook page 30
Tips for Transitioning(Handbook: Page 30)
  • Begin the process now by encouraging more independence
  • Some life skills examples:
    • Alarm Clocks

(establish routine & encourage independence)

    • Laundry, cooking and household responsibilities (teach the basic skills now & let them practice)
    • Give students tools to manage their finances

Tips for Transitioning

(Handbook: Page 14)

  • Encourage students to get involved on campus:
    • Windsor Welcome Week (September 1-7)
    • Student Clubs & Societies (Club Days at WWW)
    • UWSA/OPUS Elections
    • Volunteer Website
    • ….and so many more!
confidentiality policy
Confidentiality Policy
  • Only students (even those under 18 years) have access to their grades (password protected)
  • Confidentiality of student records is governed by Senate By-Law that restricts direct release of grades to anyone but the student, even parents/guardians
  • Be open, positive and non threatening with your student and he/she will probably be more likely to share this information with you

Course Selection

  • Students should seek academic advising each and every semester (especially if unsure about academic direction)
    • Departmental Advisors
    • Advising Centre (Student Success Centre in the fall)
  • Exploration of career avenues should begin in first year and continue throughout their academic program
    • Centre for Career Education (Student Success Centre in the fall)
course selection
Course Selection
  • Many students may have already chosen courses & registeredbut they will still meet with advisors this morning to discuss choices & ask questions
    • Timetabling & registration assistance is available from 11:30 – 2:00 today in the Leddy Library
  • Students should become familiar with:
    • Web based course calendar
    • Program requirements
    • Course requirements in syllabus
  • Allow students to develop independence & confidence by doing this on their own
academic performance
Academic Performance
  • Many students experience a decline in grades from secondary school (must adjust to new expectations and teaching style)
  • At the same time, we do not expect that they will all be on probation
  • Do have to actively plan to meet deadlines, seek out assistance & adjust study habits
  • Students access their grades via Student Information System (SIS)
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Academic Performance
  • Moving from a 13.0 grading scale to a % based grading system
  • Transcripts will list achieved % out of 100%
  • Cumulative Average: Average of grades in all courses ever taken
  • Major Average: Average of grades in all major courses completed
  • Semester Average: Average of all courses taken in a particular semester
contact information
Contact Information
  • Karen Benzinger (ext. 3461)
  • Marty Lowman (ext. 3950)
  • Susan Page (ext. 3952)
  • Brooke White (ext. 3287)