College Success Guaranteed 2.0: 5 Rules for Parents by Malcolm Gauld

College Success Guaranteed 2.0: 5 Rules for Parents

Book Title: College Success Guaranteed 2.0: 5 Rules for Parents

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1475810733

Author: Malcolm Gauld

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Teaching for nearly 40 years, Malcolm Gauld has watched thousands of high school graduates head off to college. After a while, he began to notice some unmistakable patterns — good and bad — relating to students after they hit college. About a decade ago, he began giving an annual talk to high school seniors in hopes of sending them off to college on a positive note. This led to the book College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make it Happen (Rowman Littlefield, 2011).

Since writing the book, many parents have asked for tips on how they might optimize their son or daughter’s college experience. Hence, Malcolm formulated
College Success Guaranteed 2.0:5 Rules for Parents, these five simple rules include:

  1. Make them pay… for something
  2. Wait for their call
  3. Step aside… and make way for new mentors
  4. Mantra — is this my issue?
  5. Get curious

With anecdotes from college parents from over fifty schools, it is his hope that these stories combined with the stories from the
5 Rules for Students, will ensure your child “the best four years of their life.”


  • Five simple, clear-cut rules for parents of college students
  • Stories and anecdotes from scores of actual college parents representing over 50 colleges and universities, all offered in a helpful non-judgmental tone
  • References to several contemporary authors, psychologists, and family therapists on the nature of today’s American family, the current national tendency toward parental over-protectiveness, and some new approaches parents might take
  • A bibliography of relevant books for further reading
  • A bonus chapter on how kids and parents might join together to face the troubling angst currently surrounding the annual college application process