College, for Parents

Some Philadelphia-era parents are now going to college to become, well, better parents. According to a piece in Market Watch:

On September 13 at 5:30 p.m., Peirce College will formally congratulate Parent University students on the successful completion of their first year of studies toward an Associate in Arts in General Studies degree. The students are participants in the School District of Philadelphia’s Parent University, which assists parents in supporting their children to achieve academic success. Parent University also provides opportunities and support for parents to achieve their own personal academic and non-academic goals.

The program features the core general studies components as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), including humanities, arts, communications, social sciences, mathematics, technology and science courses, and culminates in a capstone course in leadership designed to integrate the general education skill sets introduced throughout the program. By adhering to the PDE guidelines for general education, the Peirce program positions graduates for transfer to a four-year degree program at Peirce or other regional colleges and universities.

Apparently the idea of the program, run through Philadelphia’s Peirce College, is to help facilitate student success though parental education.

Peirce manages the program though a partnership with Parent University. Parent U is managed by the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement & Faith-Based Partnerships. Parent U exists to “assist parents in supporting their children to achieve academic success. The University will provide opportunities for parents to collaborate with schools and the District to fully participate in their child’s education.”

The program certainly looks promising, and any institution that makes a serious effort help working adults obtain a college degree is remarkable. One wonders, however, if graduates actually become better parents as a result of completing the program. How would one even gauge that?

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer