Online Education and Online Success Coaching

Online Education and Online Success Coaching

Over the last ten years, online education has become an integral part of the higher education landscape. While there are unique benefits to an on-campus college experience, online education has opened the doors of higher education to millions of people worldwide who might otherwise, for one reason or another, have been unable to earn college a degree. Earlier this week I met with a group of success coaches who work with online students to compare and contrast our jobs as…

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How To Help Students Find Their Place On Campus

How To Help Students Find Their Place On Campus

Last week’s blog about first generation college students got me thinking about something that affects all college students regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or previous life experience, and that’s connectivity. We know that students who participate in college athletics, student organizations, and/or social groups are more likely to stay enrolled through graduation than those who do not. This is partially because students know that they must maintain good grades in order to participate in many on-campus activities, but it’s also because students…

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Talkin’ About First Generation…Boulders in the Road

Talkin’ About First Generation…Boulders in the Road

A few weeks ago, I came across an article by Jason DeParle of the New York Times ‘For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall‘ that chronicles the struggles, both on campus and off, of three low-income students vying to be the first ones in their families to earn a college degree. Since roughly 60% of the college students enrolled at my university are first generation college students, the stories of these three young people echoed tales that…

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Creating the Four Year Plan

Creating the Four Year Plan

It’s registration time again, and while much of the registration process is about the prosaic- the nuts and bolts of dates, times, and requirements- over the last few days I’ve found myself waxing existential. Registration, at its core, is about students building the road, brick by Macroeconomics 210 brick, that will lead them into the bigger, scarier forest of “the real world” and career. Yes, they will strive to build careers that will provide for them financially, but as we…

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Faces of a Success Coach: The Boxing Trainer

Faces of a Success Coach: The Boxing Trainer

Beyond knowing that Muhammad Ali “floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee” and having watched most of the Rocky films (life is just to short to spend two hours on Rocky V), I don’t know a lot about boxing. Even so, there’s something about the idea of the boxing trainer as someone who’s always in your corner that just rings true to me as a success coach. Today was one of those days where it rang out loud…

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Faces of a Success Coach: The Polygraph

Faces of a Success Coach: The Polygraph

Human beings lie for many reasons, some of them more excusable than others. On the indefensible end of the spectrum, people lie to cheat, steal, manipulate, and control. However, human beings also tell lies both big and small to protect themselves, sometimes from the negative consequences they actually deserve due to bad behavior, but also from mundane, human experiences like feelings of embarrassment, disappointment, and insecurity. It’s as universal a human impulse as rain in Seattle, and it takes experience…

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Success Coaching Student Athletes

Success Coaching Student Athletes

Over the course of my tenure as a success coach, more than a few of my students have been athletes, and I would like to speak a bit about the unique challenges I’ve encountered and strategies that I’ve used in my work with these students. The good thing about working with student athletes is that not only they, but you, become part of a team. Among professors, success coaches, advisors, athletic coaches, and the students themselves, there are always multiple…

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Keeping Success Coaches Motivated

Keeping Success Coaches Motivated

I’ve spoken before about all of the things my success coach colleagues and I do to get and keep students motivated, but what about the coaches themselves? How do we keep new coaches motivated amidst the seemingly overwhelming amount of information thrown at them during training? How do we keep a coach, new or old, motivated during a semester in which he or she finds one or more of his or her students failing despite all the best efforts of…

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The Integration of the CARMA Model and the Aviso Coaching Retention Solution

The Integration of the CARMA Model and the Aviso Coaching Retention Solution

In my previous post, I addressed how the coaching methodology used by Aviso Coaching is based on some of the essential foundational student development theories. This is done because it is central to our belief that coaching must support and engage in the development of each individual student to his or her fullest potential. This intention is also clearly the guiding principles behind the architecture of Aviso coaching software. The Aviso coaching software is the retention solution that helps students,…

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Coaching Non-Traditional Students Part 2: Veterans

Coaching Non-Traditional Students Part 2: Veterans

Since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, colleges and universities have had a greater influx of veterans entering college after serving in a war zone than at any time since The Vietnam War. According to the Center for American Progress (Center for American Progress, Easing the Transition from Combat to Classroom) more than 400,000 veterans enrolled in institutions of higher education for the 2012 spring semester. Many of these veterans are working toward college degrees by taking…

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