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JJ a m e es s m a d diiss o n uunni ivveerrs si itty y p pa ar re ennt t r re el la at itoi on ns s n en we ws lselte t tetre r Volume 3, Issue 2 i n s i d e family Weekend Page 2 n Family Weekend highlights Student Involvement Opportunities Page 3 n Parent Calendar ?Spotlight? ? Judicial affairs Page 4 Parent PlUS loan Page 5 n Endowments n H1N1 Influenza Dinner On Us Page 6 n Residence Life Programs n Picture it JMU! (continued) QuikBill Page 7 n H1N1 (continued) n Resources for parents

?Students who get involved in some type of organization or activity during college report greater retention, better grades and an overall better college experience.?

? Kr i st i n Mu n c y To learn more about student involvement, see Page 3. Office of Parent Relations 220 University Blvd., MSC 3605 Harrisonburg, VA 22807 (540) 568-3190 www.jmu.edu/parents/

F a m i l y C o n n e C t i o n

James Madison Day Wilson Hall is the center of everything. No matter where you walk on campus, you can always see it. It symbolizes JMU.

Picture it JMU!

Today?s Madison Experience through 14 students? eyes

James

Madison University is a very special institution. Although JMU has grown significantly in the past 20 years, the quality of the Madison Experience remains very positive. The number of new students has doubled since 1986, yet the graduation rate remains at 80 percent. Few institutions of JMU?s size have graduation rates this high ? 98 percent of graduates would recommend JMU to a colleague or friend. A primary mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to report official data about JMU to state, regional and governments as well as publications like U.S. News. More than 60 percent of OIR?s resources Mr. Madison has a friend... Someone built a mini snowman in James Madison?s arm. I thought this was cute and creative. It?s something you don?t see everyday when you are walking to class. Group Photo 2008-09 11 of 14 JMU Juniors involved with the project. by Frank Doherty, Ph.D. Director of the Office of Institutional Research are devoted to mandated reporting. Since 2004 OIR has conducted the annual graduate employment surveys, the freshmen survey and the continuing student survey. Data from mandated reporting and surveys tell us about the quality of students as well as their successes as students and alumni. But there is more to be learned about the JMU experience that can help the institution meet its mission of ?...preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.? continued on Page 6

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