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More parents having their say on campuses

December 2, 2003


Educators and college administrators are seeing a rise in the number of parents taking an increasingly activist role on campus, according to the Associated Press.

In fact, College Parents of America, a non-profit group, is holding a membership drive designed to mimic the growth and success of AARP.

Experts believe the rising cost of tuition has made parents feel more entitled to having a say in their childs education.
December 2, 2003


Educators and college administrators are seeing a rise in the number of parents taking an “increasingly activist role on campus,” according to the Associated Press.

In fact, College Parents of America, a non-profit group, is holding a membership drive designed to mimic the growth and success of AARP.

Experts believe the rising cost of tuition has made parents feel more entitled to having a say in their child's education.

These parents groups are raising their profiles by becoming more vocal about life on campus. In West Virginia, the Mountaineer Parents Club persuaded the school to provide a shuttle between the campus and Pittsburgh International Airport. The Oklahoma State University Parent's Association enlisted mechanics and car dealerships to check students' vehicles for free before major holiday travel.

Susan Jennings Lantz, West Virginia University's parent advocate, says, “These were the first kids to get the ‘Baby on Board' signs. Their parents have been very active with them in elementary, middle and high school. They are soccer moms who aren't ready to release. It's not just the parents that are involved, a lot of students want their parents involved, too.”