Each year, the college admissions process is more competitive, and the cost of a college education continues to increase. The education of U.S. students has been identified as a national priority by President Obama. The future success of our national economy is contingent upon more U.S. students pursuing and obtaining college degrees. No greater area is this felt than in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). U.S. students underperform in math and science; however, the domestic workforce in desperate need of more domestic graduates in the pipeline.
The Obama administration believes that students must not only receive a competitive K-12 education, but also be prepared for and have access to a college education. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has invested heavily in preparing students to be competitive from the “cradle to career.” In addition, the “Educate to Innovate” campaign is focused on improving student participation and performance in STEM.
It is important that parents play an active role in the transition from secondary to post-secondary education. This includes preparing students for college admissions activities, beginning as early as their freshman year of high school. Many parents either don’t know or remember what is required to best prepare their student for college, and more importantly, the college admissions process. As a result, they rely on the student, as well as guidance counselors, teachers, and other school administrators to assist the student.
Prepped for Success: What Every Parent Should Know about the College Application Process is a resource for any parent of a high school freshman to senior. This guide is designed to provide parents with information on every critical component of the college application process, including identifying majors and schools, completing the application, understanding standardized tests, financial aid, and the FAFSA, and post-decision activities to complete, once the acceptance (or rejection) letters have been received. Parents of international students are also able to benefit from this guide, as it outlines additional requirements for pursuing a college education in the U.S. Each chapter provides valuable resources for accomplishing each goal, and concludes with FAQs and a suggested timeline for completing the activities described therein. A monthly calendar of students’ senior year of high school completes the book, outlining each of the activities to be accomplished. This guide ensures that parents are well-informed and well-prepared for their students’ senior-year activities prior to reaching the 12th grade.
My experience working with students is vast. I am an Assistant Professor in the Systems and Computer Science Department at Howard University, and the owner of ‘A’ Game Educational Services. In addition, I received my B.S. (Johnson C. Smith University, ’00), M.S., and Ph.D. (NC State University, ’03 and ’05, respectively) in computer science, becoming the first African-American female Ph.D. graduate in computer science from NC State University at age 27. I was a David and Lucille Packard Fellow, as well as a NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Fellow. My passion for preparing students for college and graduate studies is evident in my participation as a speaker in various workshops, presentations, and panels across the country on college and graduate school, including the DC STEM Summit, National Coalition for Women in Information Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers.
I would love the opportunity to discuss Prepped for Success more with you, including how to reach parents of students participating in the HBCU Bus Tour, each year. We all know that the best influence a student can have towards educational success is an active and engaged parent. I have included excerpts from two chapters in the book, as well as my contact information. More information on the book is available at http://www.preppedforsuccess.com/book.html. Discounted pricing is available for bulk orders. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
A. Nicki Washington, Ph.D.