Better Coaching, Bigger Gains
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
The implementation of a student coaching initiative and a guided pathways model has led to solid gains in student success at Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas.
Under the new advising effort, the college moved away from traditional, passive academic advising toward a more developmental coaching approach. Advisers proactively work with students on a range of issues, including their financial situation, personal wellness, time-management skills, and career readiness.
ACC also enhanced academic support and expanded the safety net for students facing financial, housing, and food insecurity. This additional support has proven crucial, as many students at ACC are supporting families and more than a one-third struggle with insufficient access to food.