Do colleges keep parents informed of their child's academic progress?
No, because colleges want to protect the student's privacy (just like HPPA in healthcare). A student has a login to go online to access his or her grades, and the parents can only see the grades if the student shares the login info with the parents. Given this situation, it is important for college students to develop independence and ownership of their college performance. This is ultimately the goal, isn't it? Autonomous adulthood? Parents can help high school students develop those "independence muscles" so that they will be more prepared to be truly independent in college. If your student is not quite ready for total independence freshman year of college, it is essential for you as a parent to have the kind of relationship with your young adult that will promote openness about his or her college performance. Your student has to give you permission (and login info) to see his college record, so if you want to see it, you have to have a good working relationship with your kid.