In order to effectively engage and nurture Luther Burbank's college-going culture, the educators needed to engage parents on a whole different level. Many of our students were either not applying to college and/or were not going to college because of concerns related to financial burdens, lack of parental support, not something that they had really thought about, etc. Many of the issues were centered around lack of information for parents, especially parents who were not college graduates.
The idea behind Parent University is that parents will have enough knowledge to begin the college dialogue with their children and embed the expectation that college is possible and attainable. The hope is that the momentum built by these family dialogues and expectations will cross over to action on the part of the student, especially in regards to following through with the application process.
More informed/engaged parents will lead to more informed/engaged students. When students feel support from their parents, they’ll intuitively want to do better in school and be inspired to continue their success in college. The goal is that parents will help us to grow our rate of college-going students by continuing to dialogue, motivate, and encourage their sons/daughters to pursue high education. Additionally, engaged and connected parents will better support the school in other capacities.