College vs. High School: Personal Choices

Personal Choices in High School

  • Parents can talk to their child's teachers about their grades and can have access to their student records.
  • The high school counselor can register students in classes.
  • The high school counselor can advise students on course selection and personal matters, too.
  • Students can count on parents and teachers to remind them of responsibilities and provide guidance as they set their priorities.

Guiding principle: Students will usually be told what their responsibilities are and corrected if their behavior is out of line.

Personal Choices in College

  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs College policies regarding students' records and, without the student's written permission, parents are not allowed access. For more information refer to Appendix G in the College Catalog.
  • A college advisor can help students select courses and develop an educational plan, but students are responsible for enrolling and managing their schedule.
  • In college there is the distinction between a counselor and an advisor. A counselor can offer personal counseling and advise students academically, whereas an advisor can only provide academic assistance.
  • Students will be faced with a large number of decisions. Students must balance their responsibilities and set priorities.

Guiding Principle: Students are old enough to take responsibility for what they do and what they don't do and understand that each decision has a consequence.