Spanish Language Family Orientation

State
Texas
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Parental/Family Engagement

Overview

The Spanish Language Family Orientation was implemented in July 2013 to better serve the growing number of Spanish speaking families by providing in Spanish the services already in place through the Office of Parent Programs. Specially, the program sought to: Create a meaningful orientation experience for Spanish-speaking parents and families; Effectively provide information regarding the Student Accounting and Financial Aid processes to parents and families in Spanish; Effectively provide information regarding student services and campus involvement opportunities to parents and families in Spanish; and Understand how to best serve this population of parents and families in the future based on parent and staff feedback.

Program Description

The goal of the Spanish Language Family Orientation is to provide Parent Orientation to families in the Latino community in Spanish, to ensure the effective communication and understanding of the college experience and key UNT processes and resources.

Outcome

  • In the first year, 98 parents and family members, from across Texas, participated in the program.
  • Participant evaluations showed statistically significant gains (p<.001) in a parent's perception of their ability to understand key university resources and procedures.
  • Parents surveyed considered themselves highly informed on the policies and procedures related to student accounting, financial aid processes, student services, and involvement opportunities available to students.
  • Students whose parents participate in an orientation program have higher retention rates and higher GPAs.