The Praeger Handbook for College Parents
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The Praeger Handbook for College Parents

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by Helen W. Akinc
     
 

A veteran college dean gives parents of college students all the practical guidance they'll need to navigate the labyrinth of bureaucracies and policies in order to support their student's academic career and extracurricular life.

• A bibliography of suggested websites, readings, and additional resources at the end of most chapters

• A comprehensive

Overview

A veteran college dean gives parents of college students all the practical guidance they'll need to navigate the labyrinth of bureaucracies and policies in order to support their student's academic career and extracurricular life.

• A bibliography of suggested websites, readings, and additional resources at the end of most chapters

• A comprehensive index

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book serves well as a handbook of information about how college works and can be a wonderful resource for familiarizing parents with the college experience. Perhaps two of the greatest strengths of The Praeger Handbook for College Parents are the wealth of knowledge shared regarding college policies, procedures and rationales, and its focus on the college experience as a time of learning rather than simply career preparation…The Praeger Handbook for College Parents is an important reference for parents. It provides a wealth of information and reminds parents how to help their student succeed." - CollegeParentCentral.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313378843
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Ryan LaHurd

"Based on years of experience working closely with students, faculty, administrators and her own children, Akinc's wise and straightforward answers to the practical questions of how higher education works and how to get the most out of it are spot on. More impressive is her attention to the philosophical and value questions that are even more important to a successful college experience but are seldom asked."

Ryan LaHurd, Ph.D., Former President, Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC)

J. Kline Harrison Associate Provost for International AffairS Kemper Professor of BusinesS Wake Fore

"Although the advice and examples in this unique guide may not be what prospective college parents want or expect to read, they will be all the better for having partaken of this author's first-hand experience and insight. Her frank, practical and illustrative approach makes this a straight-forward, yet thought-provoking read. I can't imagine any prospective college parent not finding it beneficial."

Earl Smith
"As a parent of two young men who have attended college, I wish we had a copy of The Praeger Handbook for College Parents before we set out to find a college for our sons. This insightful book by Helen W. Akinc far surpasses those few available in the 1990s when my sons trekked off to college … At the price of college these days, even at the public colleges and universities, every parent needs a copy of The Praeger Handbook for College Parents."

Earl Smith

"As a parent of two young men who have attended college, I wish we had a copy of The Praeger Handbook for College Parents before we set out to find a college for our sons. This insightful book by Helen W. Akinc far surpasses those few available in the 1990s when my sons trekked off to college … At the price of college these days, even at the public colleges and universities, every parent needs a copy of The Praeger Handbook for College Parents."

Earl Smith, PhD Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies Professor of SociologyWakeForest University Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Amy Randel
"This book offers a useful tool for getting the most out of the college experience and avoiding common mistakes that students and their parents often make. Akinc's suggestions are incredibly perceptive – from pointing out specific ways that students can be proactive and communicative with professors to explaining how parents can navigate the new territory of being supportive while providing students with the independence they need to grow. This 'must read' book tackles issues that are seldom addressed but that can make a big difference to students in this critical time in their lives."

J. Kline Harrison Associate Provost for Interna University

"Although the advice and examples in this unique guide may not be what prospective college parents want or expect to read, they will be all the better for having partaken of this author's first-hand experience and insight. Her frank, practical and illustrative approach makes this a straight-forward, yet thought-provoking read. I can't imagine any prospective college parent not finding it beneficial."

Dr. Mary T Gerardy
"This book should be required reading for all parents of college age children. With this handbook, parents can more readily help their students to navigate the often confusing college environment successfully.'
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J. Kline HarrisonAssociate Provost for International AffairsKemper Professor of BusinessWake Forest
"Although the advice and examples in this unique guide may not be what prospective college parents want or expect to read, they will be all the better for having partaken of this author's first-hand experience and insight. Her frank, practical and illustrative approach makes this a straight-forward, yet thought-provoking read. I can't imagine any prospective college parent not finding it beneficial."

Thomas L. Hellie

"Helen Akinc is a compassionate, wise administrator who has mentored thousands of college students throughout her long career. Her Handbook for College Parents provides a wealth of practical information on today's college experience, and I recommend it highly."

Thomas L. Hellie, Ph.D., President, Linfield College

Amy Randel

"This book offers a useful tool for getting the most out of the college experience and avoiding common mistakes that students and their parents often make. Akinc's suggestions are incredibly perceptive – from pointing out specific ways that students can be proactive and communicative with professors to explaining how parents can navigate the new territory of being supportive while providing students with the independence they need to grow. This 'must read' book tackles issues that are seldom addressed but that can make a big difference to students in this critical time in their lives."

Amy Randel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, San Diego State University

Thomas L. Hellie
"Helen Akinc is a compassionate, wise administrator who has mentored thousands of college students throughout her long career. Her Handbook for College Parents provides a wealth of practical information on today's college experience, and I recommend it highly."

Dr. Mary T Gerardy

"This book should be required reading for all parents of college age children. With this handbook, parents can more readily help their students to navigate the often confusing college environment successfully."

Dr. Mary T Gerardy, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Wake Forest University

Ryan LaHurd
"Based on years of experience working closely with students, faculty, administrators and her own children, Akinc's wise and straightforward answers to the practical questions of how higher education works and how to get the most out of it are spot on. More impressive is her attention to the philosophical and value questions that are even more important to a successful college experience but are seldom asked.' "

Meet the Author

Helen W. Akinc teaches intercultural competency classes part-time at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

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The Praeger Handbook for College Parents 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Deb26 More than 1 year ago
It covers all subjects from the academic to the social;moreover, it deals with parental issues of letting go so that one's child will get the full benefit of the college experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it to parents with children who are thinking about college.
ronclaire More than 1 year ago
This book is a "must read" for parents who have a child entering college. I was particularly interested in several of the subcategories of entering freshmen--first in family to attend college, students with disabilities, etc. In the Praeger Handbook, Ms. Akinc guides parents through proper university channels to address/seek help with various problems or concerns. Her advice makes the transition to college life much smoother and pleasant for both student and parent. Ron Talley, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed by how much has changed since my own college days. This book is informative, thorough and thought-provoking...important reading for any parent making the investment of higher education. I purchased one for myself and several more for friends.
NC-USA More than 1 year ago
In this well written book, Ms. Akinc addresses virtually all college related issues with which parents with college age children have to deal. This book covers them all. It will benefit not only the parents who will be sending a child to college for the first time, but also those who have already had the experience. Her advice and pointers will save much time and effort. Excellent content! Great writing! A must read for all parents. Unal O. Boya Professor of Marketing and Chairperson Appalachian State University
Itsmoida More than 1 year ago
I wish this book had been written when I went to school, although I wouldn't have been smart enough to read it. It provides the ins and outs of almost every aspect of the college experience. Most people believe that there will be an apparatus set up to make sure your child is where he needs to be and doing what he should be doing, and that faculty spend their time worrying about him -- that's simply not the case. Get this book to make sure your child, or you, don't fall through the cracks.
Mull More than 1 year ago
This book was most informative and presented in a fun and easy to read fashion. My children are in their 20's and I wish it had been published before my children entered college, as the book contains vital information to make the college experience "smoother" for both the parent and young adult making the transition. This book should be presented at at "college nights" for parents of high school students as a "must read." The benefits of this book should carry well beyond the college years and even improve parent-child relations long-term, and that's a positive in and of itself.