Success Coach

The Success Coach program was developed to help increase and maintain the retention of underserved, underrepresented, and diverse students at Winona State University. The program is based on a cross-cultural mentoring model in which coaches work to create honest and supportive dialogue with students. Research proves that when students have a faculty/staff mentor, there is a positive impact on students’ persistence and academic achievement. Additionally, the resources and support shared through the Success Coach program help students make successful transitions into professional careers after graduation.

The Success Coach program is only for new incoming students who are pre-selected based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Underserved and underrepresented
  • First generation
  • Composite ACT score less than 21
  • High school grade point average lower than 3.00
  • Low-income

Students who meet one or more of the aforementioned criteria will be invited to participate.

Role of the Success Coach

The Success Coach’s role is to provide students with insight, encouragement and support, answer their questions and promote a sense of accountability—all within the frame of the students’ established goals. Coaches can be a resource for students to gain feedback and counsel on matters regarding conduct, values, motivation and, to some degree, emotional issues. Coaching will focus on both present and future activities and will concentrate on time-limited, action-oriented results.

Student Expectations

Coaching is a collaborative process and requires students to take ownership of established goals. The Success Coach program is a commitment and students must:

  • Adhere to the scheduled appointment times or notify their coach at least 12 hours in advance to cancel and reschedule.
  • Be fully engaged in the coaching process to achieve positive end results.
  • Prepare for each meeting; be ready to discuss overall progress and have an idea of what should be discussed in the current and future meetings.
  • Provide honest feedback to the coach.

Please note: Any advice or suggestions offered by the Success Coach is given with a clear understanding that the student is ultimately responsible for the resulting decisions, actions and the outcomes related to their actions.

Students who actively participate in the program will be awarded $100 ($50/semester).