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Miami University director helps spur parents office to national role

11/15/2010

Kristine Stewart, director of the parents office at Miami University, was in Boulder, Col., last week for a national conference sponsored by an association she helped to develop.

Stewart is one of the founding members of AHEPPP, the Association for Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals. With the help of eight other parents office professionals from across the country, Stewart co-founded the organization, which is a resource center for parents/family services at colleges and universities across the country. Just recently, the organization was formally accepted as an associate member of The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Stewart helped write the parent/family program standards.

“I was traveling to conferences across the country … and through many conversations and discussions we realized there was an unmet need for an organization that would encourage parents to play an appropriate role in the lives of their college students,” says Stewart.

More then 70 colleges and universities from across the country are now members of AHEPPP.

“We want to make it easier for all parents to receive valuable information about academic rigor and campus life, regardless of how far away they are,” adds Stewart.

The national conference is the first for the organization, which is based in Boulder. AHEPPP will be recognized as a voting member by CAS in May 2012. With its CAS affiliation, AHEPPP is regarded as a higher education organization that works to regulate standards at the college level. More information about the organization is available online at www.aheppp.org.

Miami Parents At- A- Glance

•The parents office homepage reports 32,000 external views

•The full parents office website has had more than 170,000 external hits

•More than 6,885 people (primarily parents of first- and second-year students) have signed up for myMiami for families (an intranet)

•More than 16,830 Miami University parents subscribe to the parents office monthly electronic newsletter

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