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Survey Finds Most College Freshmen Satisfied with Close Parental Involvement

Cooperative Institutional Research Program/UCLA

The majority of college freshmen answering this survey reported that they had experienced the “right amount” of parental involvement in their decision to attend college, where to enroll and in their dealings with college officials. Less than one in 10 students reported too much parental involvement in their college decisions. More than 43 percent of Latino students wished their parents were more involved, compared with fewer than 17 percent of white students. The researchers suggest that the 2007 freshman class shows a level of dependency on parents that “may limit developmental gains in their learning experiences.” The findings were part of the Freshman Survey, administered annually since 1966 by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. Free, 4 pages. (310) 825-8326, http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/PDFs/press/pr012408-07Freshman.pdf.

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