Partnering to Support Your Student
Though our main role is to work with your student directly, we know that you are an important and critical part of your student’s life. We cannot always share information with you (such as if your student has attended a meeting with our office, whether they have used accommodations or how they are doing in their classes), but we are always open to hearing information that you think might be important for us to know. If you are concerned about your student, please let us know by contacting us at 508-831-4908 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to reach out and help them get connected to the best resources on campus.
Note: Disability services are completely confidential. Read WPI’s Disability Services – Rights, Responsibilities, and Confidentiality for more information.
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is a national, professional organization focusing on individuals with disabilities in higher education settings. The Association has put together a list of frequently asked parent questions and answers.
Helpful Books and Articles on the College Transition
The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide to the Best College Experience (for you and your child) by Harlan Cohen. Harlen Cohen, America's most trusted college life expert, delivers the best advice, facts, stats, tops and stories from parents, students and experts across the country to ensure that you and your child will have an incredible and meaningful college experience.
What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain. Combining academic research on learning and motivation with insights drawn from interviews with people who have won Nobel Prizes, Emmys, fame, or the admiration of people in their field, Ken Bain identifies the key attitudes that distinguished the best college students from their peers.
As Drop-off Looms, A Professor's Note for New College Parents by Nick Anderson of the Washington Post. Advice from a professor about how to manage the protective-parent instinct.
New College Parents: Lost in the Transition by Brian Harke of the Huffington Post. The author describes three distinct stages parents go through during their child's transition to college.