College Transition Initiative

Welcome to the blog of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding’s (CPYU) College Transition Initiative (CTI). This site contains commentary on transitional issues, exploring research, trends and college student culture. For more information visit:

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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Friday, March 31, 2006

World's Longest Umbilical Cord

My good friend from The Falls Church in Northern Virginia passed along a few helpful articles concerning college transition. Both articles discuss the difficulties in parenting college freshman. The following quote by Richard Mullendore, Professor of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia is a good summary:

“I’ve been known for the last few years to call the cell phone the world’s longest umbilical cord.”

What are the challenges ahead for parenting college students? How should parents respond to the needs of their college bound children? Here are two articles that offer some insight and advice:

Helicopter Parents

New Umbilical Cords Tie Young Adults to Parents


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