When a college student drops out of class due to failing grades, low attendance and countless disciplinary problems, society may be tempted to point their fingers to parents.

For now, let’s not pay attention to the elephant in the room; after all a college student should be responsible for his own actions but that doesn’t seem to be the case for most 21st century young adults and yet parents are always getting the blame.

Let’s put ourselves in the parent’s position and ask ourselves, “How much accountability do I actually have for what my child does at his university – hundreds of miles away from his childhood home?”

The answer to that question is not that surprising. If you do have kids and they are indeed in college or have graduated (thank goodness) from college, then you’ll know that you don’t actually have a lot of options to assess their progress as college students.

An Absent Platform

One of the many reasons as to why kids love college so much is because they can get away from their parents and live their young adult lives to the fullest.

Admit it, you were like that too.

The demand for a means to monitor young adults in campuses is definitely there but decades later, this demand was never met with a proper service. Parents, really good ones, would often have to call the campus directly so they can ask about their child’s progress as college students.

If this sounds familiar to you, then you’ll know how tedious campus bureaucracy can be; countless transfers and unanswered calls where not one of their staff have the answers for all of your questions. You can’t ask a receptionist on the phone about your child’s academic progress, you would have to ask the lecturer.

So that’s another number that you need to call on a different time and day that is if you managed to get the number from the receptionist!

Getting all the right information from your kids can be a challenge in itself. It just so happens that college life coincides with that particular stage in human life where we often decided to ‘pullout’ from family.

If your kids are not in this stage yet, enjoy parenting while they’re still angels.

Empowering Parents

Based on the scenarios mentioned above, you’ll start to notice that parents do not have a direct channel to information regarding their children once they enroll in college; they have to rely on middlemen which are the campus and their children.

The problem with middlemen and information is that middlemen can distort information.

Sometimes this is done on purpose or just a result of innocent miscommunication but the point here is that these middlemen cannot guarantee the authenticity and validity of the information you are about to receive.

This is where a campus management system comes with data that is authentic, valid and accessible. A higher education institution with a system placed at the heart of its operations would definitely have a student portal.

This student portal is accessed by students to view their individual academic results, tuition fees, timetable, disciplinary records and more but no matter how much information is made accessible on student portals, it wouldn’t help students much if the information displayed is of no relevance to them.

Student portals, after all, are not as hip as Instagram.

For the most part, this is what’s happening in campuses all over the world – information is made accessible to an audience that doesn’t care much about it in the first place.

The solution?

Give parents access to student portal. The details displayed there are definitely useful for them to assess their children’s progress as university students.

The Bigger Picture

A platform that allows direct access to your child’s progress means not having to make those calls while working just to check whether John attends classes. It’s beneficial for your kids too as you wouldn’t have to make ‘mum calls’ every Tuesdays to check on them.

However, a student portal allows parents to evaluate more than just academic progress, they can look at their kid’s disciplinary records, fees, timetable, and hostel information.

Since you have access to view your child’s timetable, you would definitely know if John lied when he said he has classes until 7 pm.

A full overview of tuition fees gives you an upper-hand in managing your child’s behavior. You would finally have proof that you spent two million dollars on your kids.

This is quite useful when you lack points in any argument you may have.

But really, the most powerful benefit of them all is when you can discuss with other parents if their kids are having the same problem with grades. From there, society can’t possibly blame you for ‘lack of parenting’.

If it affects more students than just your child alone, obviously there’s something wrong with how the campus operates.

Coming to this conclusion shifts the burden of proof to the campus where they are made accountable as to why your kids are not graduating but without a proper channel like a student portal and adequate digital literacy, it is almost impossible for any parents, in fact, to even come up with this conclusion!

With access to student portals, technology can finally empower parents with the right information about their children.

A campus management software or student information management software is indeed a powerful tool but it is made even more powerful with a student portal in place. Find a campus that has all of this made available to both you and your kids so you can make all the right decisions as a family.

 

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