YTN’s research echoes that of UCLA and Ohio State that youth are less prepared for life on their own and college than at any previous point in time.   Even those with high academic achievement often struggle once on a college campus.  In our interviews with thousands of high school seniors and college freshmen YTN uncovered a number of important factors that lead to the 28% dropout rate of freshmen, the harsh reality that only 30% of those who start a college degree complete it and 70% depart their faith!

 

The more disturbing dscovery was the fact that over half of the students encountered significant hurt in the transition that parents never heard about.  

In our first set of interviews we found:

 

YTN’s Findings:

 

 

 

 

 

Findings from UCLA and Ohio State along with YTN’s research clearly demonstrate that youth are less prepared for life on their own, focused on freedom from their parents and a majority are leading dual lives. As a result YTN developed Succeed, a college transition program that opens the eyes of juniors and seniors to what is ahead. We must also reexamine the approach to parenting we employ through the adolescent years if students are not ready to manage their lives on their own and are seeking freedom from parents more then achievement in college when they leave our homes apart from parental encouragement and control.

 

Combined with all of YTN’s other research, this conclusion led to the development and testing of a different approach, the Secrets of Influential Parenting.