Researchers tracked parental involvement during a four-year period in higher education, polling parents in 2007 and 2011. As parents were polled, 88.4 percent of them reported involvement in 2011, compared to 88.2
percent in 2007.
King, who was featured in “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” told “The State News” in Michigan that while Generation X students were not as in touch with their parents, “the Millennial Generation has grown up being in touch with their parents and valuing their input.”
King said that although support can be helpful, parents should support and advise students to deal with problems on their own.
“Parents should guide (students) along the right path,” she said. “It’s the parents’ responsibility to make students learn how to deal with things on their own. Of course, there are some situations where the parents does need to step in.”