Denise says parents must keep up support

SOUNDING BOARD: Denise French will be one of the guest speakers at the USC open day.
SOUNDING BOARD: Denise French will be one of the guest speakers at the USC open day. Warren Lynam

PARENTS' involvement in their children's education should not end with high school graduation.

That is the message that Denise French will deliver at tomorrow's University of the Sunshine Coast open day.

Ms French is experienced at navigating the ups and downs of tertiary education.

Her daughters Macaela and Raechyl both graduated from the university with business and arts degrees.

Ms French is enrolled in a part-time graduate diploma of creative writing.

She became a sounding board for students' parents when she set up the Facebook page USC parent Denise.

What started out as an outlet for her to share her insights and experiences resulted in her becoming an accidental agony aunt for fellow parents.

She said parents played a vital role in a student's success through tertiary education and encouraged them to be as hands-on as possible.

"Times have changed," she said.

"Parents can provide lots of positives in terms of retention at university.

"Retention rates are much higher for students supported by their family."

Mrs French will be speaking from 11.30am in lecture theatre six tomorrow.

Topics:  education parenting university of the sunshine coast

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