Structure and Assessment of Family Weekend Programming at Large, Public Institutions

Topics: Parent Programs, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • When during the academic year do other institutions offer programming for families of current students and what is the structure and content of this programming?
  • What are the purposes for offering spring semester programming?
  • How do other institutions engage academic colleges in family programming?
  • What assessment data do other institutions collect, such as student retention or parent satisfaction, to measure success?


Institutions host annual family weekends to encourage family participation in campus culture and inform parents of resources available to their students. This report examines the structure and content of fall and spring family weekend programming at large, public institutions. The report also describes particularly successful programs and assessment methods.