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1 “ Help! My Kid is Going to College!” Dr. Charles W. Mattis Dean of the First-Year Program (325) 674-2212 mattis@acu.edu

2 Our Purpose Today… Discuss thoughts on assisting you and your student with their transition to college life Highlight student support services Highlight student support services Discuss ACU’s philosophy of partnering with parents Discuss ACU’s philosophy of partnering with parents

3 First-Year Program Passport & Welcome Week University Seminar University Seminar Peer Leaders Peer Leaders Learning Communities Learning Communities Academic Advising Academic Advising Academic Support Services Academic Support Services Parent Resource Parent Resource http://www.acu.edu/fyp http://www.acu.edu/fyp

4 Student Life http://www.acu.edu/studentlife Health Services ACU Police ACU Police Residence Life Residence Life Career Center Career Center Spiritual Life and Chapel Spiritual Life and Chapel Student Productions Student Productions Volunteer and Service Learning Center Volunteer and Service Learning Center Student Organizations Student Organizations

5 Wildcat Parents http://www.acu.edu/parents Parent resources Parent resources Monthly guide to the first-year Monthly guide to the first-year Important dates to remember Important dates to remember Upcoming events Upcoming events Considerations of support and encouragement Considerations of support and encouragement

6 Already…but not yet! Are college students “adults”? FERPA – Family Education Rights Practice Act FERPA – Family Education Rights Practice Act ACU takes a developmental approach (i.e. ACU expectations and environment for freshmen is different than that of seniors) ACU takes a developmental approach (i.e. ACU expectations and environment for freshmen is different than that of seniors)

7 ACU… Takes a holistic approach to Christian higher education (heart, soul, mind, strength). Is a fairly safe place to practiceindependent behavior Is a fairly safe place to practiceindependent behavior Wants to help students become independent problem solvers Wants to help students become independent problem solvers

8 ACU… May have some policies and approaches with which you disagree Simply hopes to earn your confidence and trust Simply hopes to earn your confidence and trust

9 Transition… Virtually any significant life transition involves multiple challenges and creates stress The college transition is a process not an event…for both of you! The college transition is a process not an event…for both of you!

10 Academic adjustments…

11 Academic adjustments…

12 Time Pace Pace Workload Workload Grades Grades Study Habits/Skills Study Habits/Skills Independent Environment Independent Environment

13 Social adjustments… Well established high school friendships made over time Students have moved away from well defined social circles and affinity groups Students have moved away from well defined social circles and affinity groups Students are sometimes overwhelmed when balancing the myriad of new social choices and opportunities Students are sometimes overwhelmed when balancing the myriad of new social choices and opportunities

14 Spiritual Adjustments… Students may be initially challenged by the diversity of Christian thought Students are challenged to make their own choices about spiritual matters Students are challenged to make their own choices about spiritual matters Faith moves from being borrowed or inherited to being owned Faith moves from being borrowed or inherited to being owned

15 Adjustments at home… Your schedule has likely revolved around your student’s activitiesYour schedule has likely revolved around your student’s activities You have observed what is going on in your student’s daily lifeYou have observed what is going on in your student’s daily life With more independence, your student may question or challenge what you think is importantWith more independence, your student may question or challenge what you think is important

16 Parental concerns… Health Safety Safety

17 ACU Medical Clinic and Counseling Center Dr. Steve Rowlands

18 www.acu.edu/counseling Counseling Center www.acu.edu/counseling Appointments are made within 48 hours. Emergency care is available in crisis situations. Emergency care is available in crisis situations. Private and confidential. Private and confidential.

19 Counseling Center Fees The cost is $10.00 per visit for all clients. The cost is $10.00 per visit for all clients. Payment is due at time of service. Payment is due at time of service. Students have the option of paying by cash, check, or charging their account. Students have the option of paying by cash, check, or charging their account.

20 ACU Medical Clinic www.acu.edu/medical Ellen Little, M.D. Michelle Drew, Nurse Practitioner Michelle Drew, Nurse Practitioner Julie Danley, Registered Nurse Julie Danley, Registered Nurse Marsh Smith, Registered Nurse Marsh Smith, Registered Nurse

21 ACU Medical Clinic Health Record Form HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act)

22 Services ◦ colds & sore throats ◦ allergy shots ◦ immunizations ◦ travel medicine ◦ asthma care ◦ wound care ◦ stitches and removal ◦ sprains & strains ◦ simple fractures ◦ lab services ◦ dermatology/acne ◦ IV fluids ◦ mental health ◦ women’s health

23 Fees and Insurance The cost associated with office visits is based on the level of care, usually between $15 and $35. The cost associated with office visits is based on the level of care, usually between $15 and $35. There is additional cost associated with medications, injections, medical supplies and rental equipment.There is additional cost associated with medications, injections, medical supplies and rental equipment.

24 Fees and Insurance The Medical Clinic does not bill insurance but we can provide the patient with a super billing for filing purposes.

25 On-Campus Health Concerns Meningitis Staph Staph Flu Flu Strep Throat Strep Throat Mono Mono For more information visit: www.acu.edu/medical

26 ACU Police Department Jimmy Ellison Chief of Police Director of Public Safety

27 ACU Police Department

28 ACU Police Dept. Staffing 1 Chief of Police 1 Administrative Lieutenant 2 Patrol Sergeant Shift Supervisors 10 Full Time Patrol Officers 2 Part-time Patrol Officers 1 Administrative Coordinator/Dispatcher 6 Part-time Support Staff 23 Total Employees

29 Experienced Police Officers 14 Full-Time Certified Texas Peace Officers on staff 7 Master Peace Officers (Highest level of Peace Officer Licensing by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards & Education) 274 Years of Police Experience working 24 hrs a Day For Your Student !

30 ACUPD Jurisdiction Area

31 Parking Issues Students must have a valid parking permit if they park on campus Student Permits are $25 Replacement/Duplicate permits are $5 Parking citations are usually posted directly to student accounts SAT score -vs.- “No Parking” & “Fire Lanes”

32 Crime Issues on Campus Abilene is a safe city and ACU is a safe campus Crime can and does happen in Abilene & ACU Theft, Motor Vehicle Burglary, Bike Theft are the most common ACUPD Crime Prevention Presentations for all incoming freshmen Advise your student to take the same general crime and safety precautions that they do at home

33 ACU Police Department

34 Student support… What about beyond health and safety? What about making friends? What about making friends? What about their spiritual life? What about their spiritual life? What about academic assistance? What about academic assistance?

35 Student support… All students will face a variety of challenges in their college career ACU provides a multitude of student support services which are designed to assist them in meeting those challenges ACU provides a multitude of student support services which are designed to assist them in meeting those challenges

36 Student support… Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their needs as well as their actions (or inaction)

37 Parental concerns… At what level should I be involved in the challenges faced by my child? At what level should I be involved in the challenges faced by my child? How much confidence do I have in my child’s ability to resolve issues independently? How much confidence do I have in my child’s ability to resolve issues independently?

38 Parental concerns… Am I getting complete information from my student? Am I getting the full picture?

39 ACU encourages … Students to view their parents not as someone who solves their problems for them, but as a sounding board and as advisor Students to view their parents not as someone who solves their problems for them, but as a sounding board and as advisor.

40 ACU encourages… Parents to consider themselves not as controller or manager of their students’ affairs, but as coach and partner with ACU to help their student succeed.

41 ACU encourages… A campus wide view among faculty and staff to consider parents as collaborators and allies in helping ACU students mature and succeed.

42 Remember the transition to 1 st grade… As a parent you learned it is important not to “hover” Hovering says “I don’t think you can handle this on your own.” Hovering says “I don’t think you can handle this on your own.” Hovering says “no one else can take care of you like I can.” Hovering says “no one else can take care of you like I can.”

43 Helpful things to consider… Communicate clearly with your student about your expectations. Be realistic about academic performance, particularly in the first semester Be realistic about academic performance, particularly in the first semester

44 Helpful things to consider… Let your student know that you respect their right to make independent decisions Realize with this independence and autonomy may come exploration, experimentation, and a few missteps Realize with this independence and autonomy may come exploration, experimentation, and a few missteps

45 Helpful things to consider… Realize that it is normal for your student to seek your advice one day and reject it the next Realize that it is normal for your student to seek your advice one day and reject it the next Deal positively with homesickness… it may present itself in a variety of ways. Deal positively with homesickness… it may present itself in a variety of ways.

46 Good questions to ask your student… Have you gone to see ______? Have you tried _______? Have you tried _______? What is your plan of action? What is your plan of action? When may I check up on your progress? When may I check up on your progress?

47 Helpful things to consider… What if my student does not seem to be getting the help they need or they seem to be struggling in some way? What do I do?

48 Sara Taylor, M.S., LPC Sara Taylor, M.S., LPC SOS Coordinator Office of Academic Development

49 Common SOS Referrals: - Personal or family crisis - Academic struggles - Connecting socially at ACU - Connecting socially at ACU - Relationship problems - Relationship problems “Help, I have a struggling student!”

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52 How SOS Supports Your Student Parents Professors Peers Your Student

53 How SOS Supports Your Student CounselingCenter Residence Life Academic Counseling/ Tutoring Career Counseling Medical Clinic

54 Secure, online referral www.acu.edu/sosSecure, online referral www.acu.edu/sos Call Us 325.674.6400Call Us 325.674.6400 Email sos@acu.eduEmail sos@acu.edu

55 “Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding the the College Years” by Karen Coburn (Washington Univ. St. Louis) “You’re on Your Own, But I’m Here if You Need Me” by Marjorie Savage (Univ. of Minn.) “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money” by Helen Johnson and Christine Shelhaus-Miller (Cornell) “Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money” by Helen Johnson and Christine Shelhaus-Miller (Cornell) Helpful Resources…

56 Encourage your student to personally connect with a faculty or staff member Encourage on-campus involvement Encourage on-campus involvement Encourage your student to find a church home in Abilene Encourage your student to find a church home in Abilene Closing Thoughts…

57 Closing thoughts… Be informed about what is happening on campus Learn the campus language, the acronyms Learn the campus language, the acronyms Become an expert on the resources available at ACU Become an expert on the resources available at ACU

58 Closing thoughts… A goodie or gift package from home goes a long way Encourage and communicate confidence in your student Encourage and communicate confidence in your student Pray for your student every day…we are! Pray for your student every day…we are!

59 Closing thoughts… Feel free to call or email just to get advice on how you might approach your student regarding a particular situation.

60 Remember… Remember… The transition to college is a process…for both of you!


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