The Pennsylvania State University, through the First-year Testing, Consulting and Advising Program, provides families with the opportunity to participate in a program coordinated with the students' educational planning and academic advising activities. One of the goals is to help you understand your student's abilities and how these relate to the academic programs and requirements of the University.
We believe that your participation is helpful to your student, and we encourage you to attend FTCAP. For more detailed information about the program, please refer to the other FTCAP web pages as well as the FTCAP guides that your student will receive in the mail.
At the Lehigh Valley campus, families will be involved in the program. Please be aware that some activities during the day are planned just for students. College is an opportunity for your sons or daughters to begin making decisions on their own. It is critical for them to take responsibility for their choices of classes, schedules, and majors—they are the ones who must take the courses, do the work and get the grades. Penn State University advisers are expert resources for them to use as they make these important decisions. Encourage your student to establish a good relationship with his or her adviser. That adviser will be a reliable source of information, someone your student can go to with any question or problem.
We hope that parents will review the FTCAP material with their first-year student and encourage them to take responsibility for getting answers to their questions. At FTCAP, general academic information will be given to both you and your student. Following this informational session, your student will develop his/her class schedule in consultation with an academic adviser while parents, as a group, attend other informational sessions. While it may be tempting for you to intervene on their behalf, we urge you to resist the temptation. It is time to allow your student to select his/her courses.
If, after you return home from FTCAP, you have any questions, please have the student call Barbara Long at 610-285-5044 or Karen Paddock at 610-285-5074.
Other important websites for parents/families:
An Article of Interest for parents/families: "A Career Planning Course for Parents"