Parental engagement at new student orientation and its influence in transition of first year college students
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Parent involvement with college students has risen from obscurity to an expected norm on the college campus. Over the years, parents have participated in varying levels in college students’ experiences, receiving varying degrees of responsiveness depending on the campus culture and the time in history. Numerous factors influence parental decisions related to their involvement with college students. This qualitative study investigated various variables that occur at college orientation in which parent attendance is involved. The focus was to study parental engagement at new student orientation and its influence in retention of first year college students. The goal was to enhance the current literature regarding parent involvement with college students as well as provide substantive evidence for higher education practitioners to develop or improve existing approaches to parent attendance at orientation. This research sought to investigate parental engagement factors at new student orientation and their impact on student transition in the first semester of college.