Parents & Partners
Parents and partners of Lethbridge College students play a large supporting role in their academic success. Knowing when to offer that support can often be a defining moment in their post-secondary careers. We've compiled the following frequently asked questions to help parents and partners understand where they can be most effective.
Why can't I get information about my student’s schedule or grades?
We know your student’s success is important to you and you want to be supportive and encouraging. Many of you are helping financially, too. Students who are 18 and older are recognized as autonomous adults by post-secondary institutions; as such we must follow Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.
If you and your student have decided you need to be able to communicate with the college on their behalf, you need to fill out a Consent for Disclosure of Personal Information form.
Which dates are important each semester?
There are several dates each semester of which students should be aware. They coincide with higher levels of stress in your student’s life. These are good times to talk with your loved one about school and how things are going. A few include:
Add/Drop Period: Students may add or drop individual credit courses at the beginning of their term (six business days in terms longer than eight weeks; three business days shorter terms) with full tuition refund and no entry on their academic transcript.
- Extended Drop Period: Students may drop individual credit courses during the extended drop period without any academic record of their enrolment. A financial penalty is assessed for courses dropped during the extended period, ending 15 business days from the beginning of the term in terms of eight weeks or more; seven business days in shorter terms.
- Program Withdrawal: Withdrawal from all program courses in a specific term. Students must apply for re-admission to the program.
- Allowable Withdrawal Period: Students withdrawing from courses after the extended drop period will be graded with a “W” grade. The allowable withdrawal period extends from the 16th business day in a regular term to two-thirds the length of the term. Students remaining enrolled in courses after that time will be assigned an academic grade.
See detailed dates and deadlines information.
How can I find out how much a program will cost?
We’ve built a program-specific calculator into our website. It will calculate all school costs, including tuition, texts, accommodation and more.
How do I know how my student is doing?
There are a few things you should know about college and courses so you can ask targeted questions.
- Each course has a credit value (3.0, 4.0, 5.0), representing the number of hours a student must spend in class in a week. It is expected that a student will have to study and complete assignments for twice the hours they are in class. If your student’s schedule includes 15 credit hours a week, you can expect them to spend 30 hours a week studying. If you see your student spending less time studying, then you should begin asking some deeper questions.
- Several new students struggle with their program choice in their first year, but are often too embarrassed to discuss this with family for fear of being viewed as a failure. As a family you should be having open and honest discussions about your student’s program to determine if it’s really the career your student wants?
- Every class distributes a package at the beginning of the course outlining assignments and exams and when they are due, recommended texts and expected learning outcomes. Your Student can access their grades through their instructors, online, or by calculating their marks on returned assignments. Students should have at least a third of their final grade by the last day to withdraw, usually in November for the fall term and March for the winter term. Your student should know where they stand be able to clearly communicate that to you.
How does my student apply for awards?
Lethbridge College students generally receive more than $600,000 annually in various awards and scholarships; some are donated by Lethbridge College and community members and classified as “entrance,” program specific continuing,” general continuing,” and “graduate.”
Lethbridge College students may also qualify for provincial awards as described on the ALIS website, www.alis.gov.ab.ca and the national Millennium In-Course Excellence awards at www.excellenceaward.ca (deadline is in May) as well as any external awards; many of which can be found through the Student Awards website.
I want my student to be successful, but I have heard about "helicopter parents" and I don’t want to be over-involved.
If you are worried about being a “helicopter” parent, you probably aren’t one. Your student needs your support, involvement and sometimes even your interference to help them achieve their goals. At the same time, it is important for our students to begin to tackle some tough challenges on their own so they can learn how to cope with success and failure. If you are worried about how involved you are, simply ask your student. If you are still worried, take this quick quiz: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/plan/getting-ready/155044.html
My Student has an appointment with Advising. Can I come?
Yes. Students can bring anyone they like to their appointment, and in many cases it helps your student if you are there. A lot of information will be covered in an initial appointment and sometimes two pairs of ears are better than one.
What services are available on campus to support my student?