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Advising Information for Parents & Family Members

University Advising understands that you as a parent (or other parent-type family member) have invested your time and energy (not to mention your money), toward the success of your family, including your now-college-student since the mid-90's.

That's a significant investment. We also understand that you know your child better than we ever will, and that makes you the single greatest asset they have as they pursue academic success. Now, because we know the university pretty well, we want to make sure to partner with and equip you with all the tools you'll need as you continue to support your student ... albeit in a brand new way.

Who Are Our Students?

The World (as it looked in 2009)

Perspective from The Beloit Mindset List

Texas Tech Statistics on Majors of New Freshmen (Fall 2012)

Texas Tech Success Statistics 

What Are the Challenges They Face in the University?

Quick Summary of Student Challenges in the First Year

How Education is Different & Continuously Changing

Major Exploration & Confirmation

Academic Readiness Strategies


Health & Safety

How Can We Partner to Support Them?

Encourage the Use of Campus Resources

Academics: Major Choice & Academic Success

Begin with Conversations on the Family-Institution Partnership in Academic Advising

Understand the Research on Choosing Majors

Consider Different Approaches

Reference Advice from Past Versions of the Advising Guide

Student Life (Seeing the Bigger Picture)

TTU Parent & Family Relations Advice & Resources

During Red Raider Orientation (RRO)

Our goal at the end of RRO Day 2 is that students will have:

  1. Articulated their current top candidates for an academic major
    (Evidence of Success: recorded major choices, reflective writing)
  2. Identified courses for a first semester that will apply to those top candidates and contribute to a healthy first semester
    (Evidence of Success: potential course list, reflective writing)
  3. Become competent and confident in using the Catalog, Raiderlink, Degree Audit, and Schedule Building tools
    (Evidence of Success:2-3 preferred schedules and "Registration Readiness")
  4. Begun Exploring
    1. Begun gathering more information about the academic offerings of Texas Tech
      (Evidence of Success: comparison of majors & outcomes)
    2. Begun gathering more information about themselves and the good-fit options that an assessment can provide
      (Evidence of Success: FOCUS assessment)
    3. Walked away with a plan for continued exploration with good advising support in the coming Fall
      (Evidence of Success: ARC feedback)

Our goal at the end of RRO Day 3 is that students will have:

  1. Registered for courses that will apply to their top major choices
    (Evidence of Success: printout and camera shot of schedule, reasoning for course selection recorded in ARC and reviewed by another advisor)
  2. Understood and articulated why these courses matter
    (Evidence of Success: reasoning recorded in ARC, parent-student conversation after registration)

The Most Popular College Majors [infographic]
Via: DegreeSearch.org