Family is an important factor in the success of a first-year student. That is why the Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents, and Academic Student Success (COMPASS) works to support not only students, but also their parents and families. By sponsoring fun events and keeping parents informed, the Center provides opportunities for strengthening the bond between student and family.
Michigan Tech Parent and Guardian Philosophy
Michigan Tech views students as young adults who are in the process of becoming responsible, accountable, and capable individuals. We respect their growing independence and hold them accountable for decisions they make. We also respect their privacy, but don't always promise confidentiality, and if needed, we will get others involved to ensure their well-being.
As such, we view parents and guardians as our partners and will collaborate with them to the best of our ability to assist their student. However, we prefer to work directly with students in order to foster their growth and development. Parents and guardians are encouraged to continue to strengthen the relationship with their student by assuming the additional role of mentor/coach.