BCTC Parent Orientation

The summer before your student heads to college is a busy time. There may be a Freshman Orientation for your student, and for you. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend Summer Orientation with their student. Parent Orientation will introduce parents to the values, goals, and practices of BCTC. Parents will meet and interact with administrators, faculty, staff, and the Presidential Student Ambassadors. Although the student and parent programs are held on the same dates, most sessions are conducted separately.

Amid the entire flurry of preparations for leaving, there are some important decisions that you and your college student should make to anticipate potential issues later on. If you spend some time this summer agreeing on these points, you won’t be taken by surprise when inevitable situations arise later. You’ll know that you and your student are “on the same page”, and you may prevent difficulties later.
Here are a few things to discuss with your student before they leave.

Do you expect to see grades?

Remember that FERPA regulations mean that all financial and academic information about your student’s college experience will go directly to your student. Be sure to discuss early on whether you expect your student to share their grades with you. Discuss whether you expect certain grades or a certain GPA and what you will do if these expectations are not met.


Federal Regulations mandate KCTCS modify its Satisfactory Academic Policy to hold students to a higher level of accountability. At the end of the academic term) all students will be reevaluated to determine if they meet the new Federal requirements for Title IV Financial Aid that went into effect July 1, 2011. The delay in evaluation will give students who have not met the SAP standards in the past, an opportunity to improve their academic standing.

Earn 67% of all credit hours attempted

  1. Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA
  2. Have not exceeded the 150 % of credit hours needed to complete your current program of study.

If a student fails to meet any or all of the conditions, an email notice will be sent to KCTCS email account after December 14, 2012. Please note that no information regarding SAP status for the 2013 spring semester will be available until after that date. For more information please visit our Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

Although you hope that your student will not have any difficulties or receive an academic warning or academic probation, do you have a plan if that should happen? Talking about these issues now may prevent concerns about having important conversations later. There will still be bumps in the road, but you may be able to minimize them and you will have opened many important lines of communication.