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Parent's Guide to College and Careers by Barbara Cooke

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CHAPTER 12

Summary

Every parent of a college student knows about the “five-year plan.” This is a humorous way of saying that the average college student now takes four and a half to five years to complete what used to be a four-year degree.

Avoiding the Five-Year Plan

The easiest way to avoid the five-year plan is to use the ideas in this book to intervene in your child’s life in a positive way. Here is a summary of the things you can do to help your child graduate from college in just four years.

1. Make sure your child is academically prepared for college (Chapter 9).

This means insisting that your child take an academically rigorous curriculum in high school, one that includes four years of college-prep math. Even if your child decides to ...

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