Academic Coaching Program

The Academic Coaching Program for Students in Academic Recovery

Academic Coaches are faculty and staff members from departments across campus who support students in their academic recovery. Students who appeal their dismissal from the college due to academic standing work with an Academic Coach to improve their GPA and advance their degree progress, fostering skills and strategies for success in and outside the classroom. In biweekly meetings with their coach, students reflect on their strengths and opportunities for growth throughout the semester or academic year to achieve and surpass their goals. 

Academic coaches are trained to:

  • Serve as accountability partners
  • Introduce students to study techniques that will deepen their learning 
  • Guide students to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) goals to achieve success
  • Support students in developing positive time management habits 
  • Foster confidence in students to address personal barriers to success and make referrals to other campus supports as needed 

Preparation to be a coach involves:

  • Comprehensive training and orientation prior to the start of the semester (new coaches)
  • Participation in TLC ACE sessions (all coaches, see below)
  • Bi-weekly meetings with assigned coaching students lasting approximately 30 min.
  • Keeping up to date records in Geneseo’s student support system, EAB Navigate
  • On-going communication with DAPA coaching program coordinators 

Earning the Academic Coaching for Excellence Credly Badge:

All academic coaches, alongside other interested faculty/staff, participate in the Academic Coaching Learning Community co-sponsored by DAPA and the Teaching and Learning Center. Those who participate in this program earn the Academic Coaching for Excellence (ACE) Credly Badge. This badge demonstrates commitment to on-going professional development for student success, offering new and returning coaches introductory and advanced professional development sessions in the areas of Learning and Time Management; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Holistic Wellness. ACE participants may also engage in one-on-one meetings with advising staff from the Office of Academic Planning and Advising to reflect on the implementation of their training. 

Learn more about Geneseo’s Credly Badge offerings 

Interested? Apply to be an Academic Coach

Academic coaches are accepted on a rolling basis for fall and spring semesters. Please complete the application below if you are interested or wish to learn more. You will be contacted in advance of information sessions.

Apply here to serve as an academic coach!