Parents & Families.
From the moment of acceptance, your student became part of the Drew family—a close-knit, thriving community devoted to excellence in the liberal arts that offers opportunities to grow, learn, perform, inquire and flourish. Parents and families are an integral part of that community and we welcome your involvement.
A note from Bob Massa, senior vice president for enrollment, on the power of parents as promoters of a Drew education.
Dear Drew parents and families,
If my daughter had chosen to attend Johns Hopkins 18 years ago rather than my alma mater—the University of Rochester – I likely would not have had to explain her choice to friends and acquaintances, and why the U of R was a much better fit for her. I had been the Dean of Enrollment at Hopkins for 10 years and had left there just 2 years prior to her college search, so folks were confused by her decision to attend a ‘good’ university rather than a ‘great’ one. Of course, they had no clue what makes a ‘great’ university other than the fact that Johns Hopkins University, known world-wide because of its medical school and hospital, must be great because it’s “hard to get in.”
Research, time and again, has shown that there is NO relationship between selectivity in admissions and the quality of undergraduate teaching. In fact, in many cases, smaller, less selective colleges have better faculty mentors and teachers than the major universities have because the latter prefer their research and grad students over their teaching responsibilities. This all means that it is far more important for students to find the best school for them by matching how they learn best with how the college teaches, as well as who they want to become as citizens of the world with the opportunities schools provide to encourage that.
So when folks asked why Haley selected the U of R over JHU, my answer was simple – from her experience in speaking with professors and sitting in on classes in the English department, she connected with the faculty and the students better in the cold western corner of New York State than anywhere else. And so her choice was made, with support but not influence from me and my wife. And it changed her life in fundamental ways that she talks about with pride.
Today, as a mother to my three grandsons and a college professor herself, my daughter reflects proudly on her undergraduate experience and who she became as a result. And as her dad, I talk about that as well to friends and colleagues. And that, in my judgment, is what is most important for us to realize and “promote” as parents.
You have been through the college admissions process with your children, and likely through the struggles of the adjustment that most young people face when they first go off to college. Again, our role is to be supportive, but not to solve their issues for them, nor enable them to justify a “geographic cure” (i.e. transfer) because, in fact, “wherever you go, there you are.” We have to help our children to grow and to change their world view in the process, and that is often a bit uncomfortable, but a necessary part of their education.
Because I know parents are proud of their children, I ask you to talk up their experiences at Drew to friends, neighbors and co-workers whenever you can. Believe it or not, this does help to “promote the brand.” And in a more active way, if you believe that your child is getting a great education at a great small college, volunteer to join us in Admissions to spread the word. We have opportunities for parents to interview students in person or via Skype, to staff college fair tables and to reach out to parents of prospective students at open house programs and Drew on the Road receptions. We also could use your help on our “Parent to Parent” web page where prospective parents can reach out to current parents for advice via email. For more information on how to get involved in the Volunteer Admissions Network (VAN), please contact our senior associate director, Marybeth Tamburro at email@example.com .
Parents are key influencers in the college selection process, and they also hold some version of the “purse strings,” so engaging prospective parents is critical in this increasingly competitive process. As I did with my daughter years ago and for a different school, you may have to explain to others why your children chose Drew, but you can be unapologetically enthusiastic about the experiences they are having here and how the experience is preparing them in a very direct and purposeful way, to launch their lives.
Thank you for all you do to help us help your children learn as they prepare to take on the world.
Senior Vice President for Enrollment
All parents are automatically members of the Drew Parent Association and are invited to become involved in the life of the University by participating in campus and regional programs. There are no dues.
The Parent Council acts as the executive arm of the Parent Association to provide leadership and direction regarding parent relations. The Council seeks to support our students by collaborating with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and other campus departments to improve, promote, and advance the University’s commitment to a rigorous and distinctive educational experience that prepares our students to flourish both personally and professionally.
Parent Council members play a key role in:
The Council is led by its co-chairs, who each serve a minimum of one academic year. There are currently four committees: Admissions, Career Services, Parent Engagement, and Philanthropy. Members may join any committee they wish, and may remain on the council even after their student graduates, as there is much to learn from past parents!
Parent Council Co-Chairs for 2018-19
Margaret Dugan P’21
Nicole Kimble C’93, P’21
Peggy Pascale P’19
If you are interested in joining the Parent Council, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-408-3229. We welcome as many parents/families as are interested in joining! More information about member responsibilities and the current list of members may be found in the Council’s handbook.
Drew relies on the involvement of its alumni, parents and friends to support the development of campus, affinity and regional events that enrich the Drew community. Beyond giving, families demonstrate their commitment through volunteering. Learn more about some the many ways to contribute to Drew’s mission and enhance the experience of its outstanding students, its alumni and its parents and friends. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
We are often looking for new spaces for alumni and parent events in major cities.
If you are willing to host in your home or workplace, please let us know by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at email@example.com or 973-408-3987.
Volunteers for the Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD) support students searching for career advice, opportunities, and mentors. There are a number of ways you can be involved:
Volunteer Admissions Network (VAN) volunteers raise the visibility of Drew and provide the important personal contact that prospective students and their parents hope to find throughout the University search process. The Office of Admissions is growing its cadre of ambassadors for Drew to foster the building of such relationships. VAN members help in the following ways:
Want to volunteer? Complete this form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3229.
Since 1867, gifts from alumni, parents and friends have helped offset the gap between tuition revenues and the full cost of providing a Drew education. Gifts to the Parents Fund sustain and enhance the University’s commitment to the education of talented students and their development into thoughtful global citizens and effective future leaders, through an individualized education that includes exceptional faculty mentorship and experiential learning. Your gift is put to work immediately to ensure the best Drew experience for all students and is a wonderful way to show support for your student’s education.
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