What is Parent University?
Parent University is a community collaborative led by Jasper Hunger Free Zone volunteers and community volunteers to help parents become full partners in their child’s education. FREE courses are offered by community agencies and organizations that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence to make a difference in the lives of their children and families.
What is the Goal of Parent University?
The goal of Parent University is to increase parent involvement in the schools and empower parents to raise children who are successful in school, and in life. Parent University has a reciprocal effect on communities as families are strengthened in all aspects of life. Effective involvement occurs when parents have access to information and resources to alleviate any barriers to success (i.e. unemployment, no access or limited access to healthcare and information, no permanent home, inadequate money management, unable to read to their child, no access to healthy foods and nutrition education, illiteracy, etc.). More than 15-course topics are available for families. Please see our history and accomplishments and view comments from past graduates.
Why Should Parents Be Involved?
Research has shown that parents can increase a child's academic success through their involvement with schools and communities. Parental involvement improves student morale, attitudes, and academic achievement across all subject areas. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved within Parent University. All interested persons are welcome to enroll! Participants are encouraged to volunteer in their child's school or somewhere in the community within 1 month of graduating or completing their Parent University courses!
Is Parent University an Accredited Program?
Currently, PU is not an accredited program for several reasons. PU is currently a grassroots effort and will need a lot of support and funding to become an accredited institution. Furthermore, accreditation is not appropriate for a program targeting growth and access to resources for parents and families. By definition, for schools and universities, accreditation means "to certify (school, college, or the like) as meeting all formal official requirements of academic excellence, curriculum, facilities, etc." (Dictionary.com, September 11, 2010)
Accreditation assumes the notion that a certificate or degree from that accredited entity promotes a credential or specialty that the proprietor can use to acquire a higher degree, a recognized degree, enhance character and/or enhance a career goal. Being a parent and/or guardian is definitely a career, but not one needing accreditation. Parenting is a responsibility where PRIDE should be taken to seek help and resources to be a more responsible and accountable "family" unit within a community. This alone makes PU a credible program. Please note that as PU continues to grow and more specific courses are offered, PU may have an opportunity to become an accredited program. This will require a partnership with an accredited institution because PU is not currently facilitated by an entity that can apply for accreditation. Please stay posted by visiting this site periodically.