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Academic Success Coaching


Exceed Your Own Expectations. 

Success Coaches assist students in meeting their goals. To do this, coaches provide students with questions, observations, feedback, encouragement, support, and accountability. Unlike a therapist’s exploration of origins of emotional or psychological trauma that can be long-term and intensive, a coach explores behaviors, values, motivators, and some emotions. Coaching is primarily focused on the present and future, with a concentration on time-limited, action-oriented results.

What is Success Coaching at Tulane?

Students can engage with Success Coaching at any point during their academic career at Tulane. After initiating the Success Coaching process students will:

  • Actively participate in one semester or one full academic year of coaching appointments
  • Meet 1:1 with your coach on a regular
  • Be challenged and supported as you navigate life at Tulane
  • Learn and improve various study techniques

Coaches will:

  • Help facilitate a successful transition to Tulane
  • Intentionally develop academic and social goals
  • Introduce campus academic resources

Following their one semester or one full academic year, students graduate from one-on-one appointments and continue their coaching journey through participating in Success Coaching workshops and events and services such as walk-in success coaching.

Academic Success Coaches assist students using frameworks like Growth vs. Fixed Mindset, the Transtheoretical Model of Change, Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing. Drawing from these frameworks and theories, coaches work with students in reaching their unique academic, career, and personal goals.

How is a coach different from other resources on campus:

Academic Advisors - Coaches do not assist students with course selection, major declaration, monitoring degree requirements and academic progress, or withdrawal or leave of absence.

Counselors –While issues that impact student success are relevant coaching topics, coaches are primarily focused on motivation and skill building. This generally requires an emphasis on present and future goals rather than discussing challenges in the past. When necessary, coaches can make the appropriate referral to another resource on campus and assist students with appointment scheduling.

Tutors - If a student is facing challenges with course content, the coach can assist the student in connecting with Peer Educators for tutoring, writing support, Supplemental Instruction, or Peer Coaching.

Coaching Impact at a Glance:

  • Students who have below a 3.0 GPA and engage in the Success Coaching process (5-11 meetings) experience a half of a letter grade or .53 increase over their previous semester GPA. (15-16 EOY Data)
  • 99% of students who utilize coaching services reported that success coaching was extremely helpful or helpful. (15-16 EOY Data)
  • 78% of students who utilized coaching services reported that success coaching helped to improve self-efficacy and an improved sense of self. (16-17 EOY Data)