So many mysterious terms and acronyms to understand when your student heads off to college! In this episode Vicki and Lynn define and discuss several of the insider terms that colleges use that may not be clear to parents. We cover topics from FERPA through disability laws, admission waitlists and various faculty roles. We’re only scratching the surface of this new language, but it should get you started being able to understand and Talk the Talk.
We’ve often said that entering college is like entering another world – both for students and their parents. And when you enter another world, you need to learn the language! So many college terms may be unfamiliar to parents and to students. Students often pick up many of them in their daily interactions on campus, but what about parents? What do you do when your student comes home and seems to be speaking a language you don’t understand?
In this podcast episode, we address several of these important terms. We were only able to scratch the surface, but we took the time not only to define the terms, but to explain what they are and why they matter.
Because we were only able to get started here, we recommend that you check out the Glossary of Helpful College Terms through the Resources tab on the website. We have more than 45 terms to get you started.
It was difficult to decide where to start, but in this episode we talked about the following terms:
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Even if you are familiar with many of these terms, we think you’ll learn something helpful. Follow the links above to read more about some of these terms if you want to dig a little deeper.
We also mentioned a wonderful book about the admission process. If you have a high school student, you should read Who Gets in and Why by Jeffrey Selingo.
Another great way to learn some of the terms specific to your student’s college is to spend time reading the College Catalog. This will explain many of the terms and policies of the institution.
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