VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Vincennes University this fall will officially unveil a program aimed at connecting success coaches with students from varying backgrounds to help students graduate on time, explore academic options, and test into higher level collegiate classes.
The Success Program, which launched previously as a pilot, showed great promise, according to University Officials. University leaders then moved forward, making the program official. Four success coaches and a program director will work with students from the University’s Davis Hall.
“The coaches are helping at risk students, the coaches are helping students who are undecided and exploring and they’re also helping anybody who just walks by, what are you doing, how might this be a service for me, [student]” said Dr. Laurel Smith, Assistant Provost Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Smith noted, the program helps give Vincennes University ‘a face’ or ‘a friend’ to incoming students that have not experienced college life. When launched, it will also reach out to students in their junior year of high school to start bridging the gap between high school courses and collegiate level courses; namely, English, Math and Reading.
“I’m just glad that we’ve taken that commitment and pushed it to this level,” said Smith.
At program level, the Success initiative will help connect with an evolving student body. Program leaders plan to use text messages and social media to connect with future and current students. “It’s a way to reach out with the students because they will constantly receive and read their texts,” said Michelle Cummins, Success Program Director.
The program will work with students from all social and economic backgrounds and create a graduation plan for each student.
“It was strategically put together where people have different strengths, so that they can meet the different requirements that they’re often going to see,” said Cummins.
Program Administrators say the group will employ the use of a DegreeWorks, a statewide program that collaborates college credits between all state funded Universities, excluding Indiana University.
The program is expected to launch full force,