UPIKE staff member co-authors a new college prep book

Stephanie Stiltner, University of Pikeville (UPIKE) director of family connections, is a co-author of the book, “College Ready 2021: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition.” This book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for families sending their students to college for the first time. 

Stiltner joins thirteen other family relations professionals from major universities around the country in contributing to the book. 

“This year, more than ever, families are looking to college professionals for guidance as they support their student through the process of becoming a college student,” said Stiltner. “‘College Ready 2021’ provides practical guidance on what should be done during the summer, at drop-off and throughout the first semester.”

Each chapter addresses a top-of-mind concern and is written by a university official who works with families to enhance student success at the collegiate level. Stiltner wrote the chapter titled: How much stuff will fit in a dorm room? How to pack and prepare for college life. Additionally, “College Ready 2021” is full of ideas on how to start those tough, but essential conversations before students arrive on campus for the fall semester. 

“Parents and families are central in our ongoing student success and retention efforts,” said Mathys Meyer, Ph.D., UPIKE dean of student success. “As such, Stephanie Stiltner’s work is a testament to how important we consider family programming, and this chapter contributes to the national conversation about getting students ready to engage in higher education.” 

Stiltner joined UPIKE’s Division of Student Success in 2018, where she began leading the newly-established Family Connections program. Her previous experience in higher education includes serving in the university’s Office of Public Affairs, where she developed a diverse skillset and widespread knowledge about the institution, both of which she puts to use every day as she serves families. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. “College Ready 2021” is available for purchase on Amazon, and more about the book can be found at https://collegeready.guide. The book’s publisher, Wise Action, inspires, prepares and supports parents of adolescents and young adults with expert advice. More about Wise Action can be found at https://wiseaction.co.