University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Letter to families

Letter to Families

Dr. Josie Davis Congratulations on your son or daughter's admission to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). We look forward to being the home away from home for your student in the coming years. We hope you will be our partners in helping to make your college student's experience a successful academic and personal journey toward an undergraduate degree. Your involvement is an important ingredient in that success.

The family offers invaluable support that can help your student stay focused and engaged in college studies and career advancement. The transition to college can be unsettling. It helps if you offer encouragement and willingness to listen. Please remind your student that if he or she is ever unsure where to go for answers, the Student Services team in the Dean's Office of the College will help. No question is too trivial.

It is important that you keep open lines of communication -- from now on you will stay informed through your student. All higher education institutions are bound by the law known as FERPA to keep information about students confidential. That means we are not at liberty to divulge information about any student without his or her permission. Even with the privacy regulations in place, students are sometimes reluctant to contact Student Services. Please let us know at any time if you think that our assistance would be beneficial regarding your student’s safety or well-being.

The mission of higher education is to prepare students for successful and productive lives by imparting knowledge, skills and values that will aim them toward that goal. This is not only about a solid education, but also about responsibility, self-reliance and self-confidence. Listen to your student, be his or her sounding board, make suggestions, and help them to make their own life decisions.

With us, allow them and encourage them to take charge of their lives.

We are very excited that your student has chosen the University of Vermont and a major in the CALS. We hope you will value our partnership in the four-year experience ahead.

Sincerely,

Josie Davis
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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