Student Success Coaching

Student Success Coaching

The Student Success Coach is responsible for promoting a positive and successful learning experience for students in an effort to increase student retention, success, and completion. The success coach is integrally involved with all facets of a student’s academic, personal, and future professional success. The success coach proactively mentors students while working closely with faculty and Student Affairs staff to support student success in and out of the classroom. The success coach has the student's well-being and success at the focus of their work and will coach students on goal setting, academic success skills, and utilizing appropriate campus resources. The success coach assumes both a teaching and a coaching role with equal importance given to both roles.

Who has a success coach and plan?

Students returning from academic suspension also have a success coach and success plan. Admitted first-year students who have below a 2.5 high school GPA will have have a success plan and connect with the student success coordinator.

How long will I need a success coach?

You will have a coach for the academic year. If you don't meet the conditions listed on your success plan, this time may be extended. Students not meeting regularly with their success coach during the semester may have a hold placed on their account which will prevent registering for the next term.

Contact our lead success coach for more information:


"Students achieve success in different ways, and at different times. My job is to help students find what works for them, and motivate them to achieve their goals. I am invested in our students. I am a cheerleader. I am an advocate. Things aren't always rosy, but that's why Student Engagement and Success is here. We work through situations together with students to find solutions, or avenues to help them on their journey to success. There is no greater reward than a student who starts to believe in themselves, and their ability to achieve their dreams."

Jennifer SmithAssistant Director in the Center for Student Engagement and Success, Student Success Coach and Advocate

A select group of students will have a success coach each year. Please contact Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement and Success, at or 270.809.2274 with questions.

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