Academic coaches play an important and critical role in the success of the students associated with our ACE and iAchieve programs. Coaches work individually with students, assess their strengths and needs, and develop a personalized plan of action. They refer students to appropriate campus resources and hold students accountable for utilizing them. Coaches and students are matched based on major and/or common interests and hobbies.
The success of these programs relies on the efforts of New York Tech faculty and staff who participate in this student success initiative.
Interested in becoming an academic coach? All faculty and full-time exempt staff are welcome to apply.
Characteristics of Effective Academic Coaches
Coaches are passionate about student success and are willing to grow professionally, while contributing to the New York Tech community.
Coaches understand that effective change doesn't occur overnight and recognize small improvements as major milestones.
Coaches go above and beyond to connect with their students and find appropriate resources.
Coaches acknowledge that the student-coach relationship directly impacts students' outcomes.
Coaches will encourage and motivate students to complete program requirements and succeed academically.
Coaches are willing to continuously learn about the resources available to students and encourage them when appropriate.
- Coaches attend a one-time training session to understand the program’s goals, learn techniques and best practices. In addition, coaches are invited to attend “Coach Conversations”, a series of 1-hour meet-ups that allow coaches to receive additional training and resources, ask questions and share student success stories.
- Coaches have continuous access to an online Canvas course that contains resources, manuals, templates and how-to’s.
- Coaches meet with each assigned student a minimum of 4 times per semester. Sessions are typically 30-45 minutes long and an appointment summary note is required for each session.
Academic Coaches primarily focus on the following outcomes with their assigned students:
- Improving academic self-awareness
- Building confidence, resilience, and grit
- Establishing critical thinking skills and depth of learning
- Creating organization systems and strategies
- Developing time management systems and strategies
- Identifying and accessing resources
- Improving communication with peers and professionals
- Setting, reviewing, and adjusting goals
- Understanding program expectations