Resources for Students & Families

Research shows that when students take responsibility for, and have ownership of their learning, they enhance their overall academic experience. 

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Stephanie Aseraph '16/'17 helped students in religious education classes and worked independently as a tutor for members of the Beth El Congregation in Baltimore as an undergraduate at TU.

Faculty and staff within the Office of the Provost and Division of Academic Affairs empower students to take ownership of their education by partnering with faculty, staff, administrators, and families to create a challenging and inclusive learning environment and network of resources. 

A student's college journey brings continual changes and transitions to both students and their family. We recognize that parents and families are an essential component in the success of TU students, and your continued support and guidance is an important piece to your student's academic and personal success.

We hope you will visit this page frequently for updates and resources related to the world of academic opportunities available at Towson University.

How can I facilitate my student's academic success? 

  • Talk with your student about their academic progress. Ask your student about their expectations regarding effort applied to coursework. For example: ask how the classroom experience has matched their expectations; ask if their original expectations realistic; ask if their expectations have changed since before coming to TU. Talk about the results of your student’s effort. Specifically, ask if their effort resulted in the expected results. Then why or why not?

  • Ask your student how they see your role moving forward. For example, ask your student what support they need from you and share the ways you think you as a parent can provide support. Did your opinions match?

  • Encourage your student to develop strong relationships with faculty members in their areas of academic interest. TU takes great pride in the fact that all of our faculty is engaged in teaching and mentoring students as their primary commitment. Students who have strong relationships with faculty will be presented with highly competitive academic and career opportunities.
  • Encourage your student to seek rigorous academic experiences such as undergraduate research, study abroad, or writing an undergraduate thesis.
  • Ask your student if they are aware of available resources to overcome possible academic challenges? Students have to make the ultimate decision to seek academic help, but you can be supportive and help your student advocate for their own needs.

How can I be academically successful at TU?

Your success begins with your commitment to your own learning and ownership of the experiences and opportunities you pursue on your TU journey. Remember:

  • Part of the purpose of your education and the training you receive in college is to teach you to be an independent learner and thinker.
  • When you earn your college degree, it is expected that you have not only learned facts, but you have learned how to learn.
  • Use your undergraduate experiences to develop the ability to ask questions, find resources to help you learn the answers, and teach yourself new things.