Purdue Promise provides professional coaching to assist you in your academic, social, leadership, and life skills development. When you enroll as a first-year student in GS 197, the staff member who is instructing the course becomes your designated Purdue Promise Coach. You will maintain your coaching relationship with that person with the exception of the following situations:

  1. You leave Purdue;
  2. Your Coach leaves Purdue; or
  3. You become eligible for MAPS, in which case you will work with your Coach’s supervisor until you regain good academic standing.

Student Success Coaches

Student Success Coaches are the front-line support in Purdue Promise, and one of them will be your designated contact for our program and personal coach during your time here at Purdue.

When will I know who my coach is?

New students will meet our staff during STAR. By August 1 you will be assigned a coach and will receive an introductory e-mail from that person before the start of the semester. You may also hear from him/her by phone if there are any concerns you need to address (example: holds on your account).

We reassign coaches every semester, as necessary. Once enrolled, you should only switch coaches if your current coach leaves, we hire new coaches as our program expands and we need to redistribute caseloads, or you fall into academic jeopardy and need to work with an Assistant Director (see below).

At the beginning of each semester you will receive an e-mail letting you know whether you will be continuing with the same coach or whether you will be reassigned.

What do the Student Success Coaches do?

Student Success Coaches support a caseload of 150 - 200 Purdue Promise scholars and provide high-touch, individualized support for you in your academics, social involvement, leadership development, and life skills development. To do this, they will:

  • Meet with you 2-3 times each semester you are not in a Purdue Promise class;
  • Track your academic progress and refer you to appropriate academic resources;
  • Assist you in working with College-specific resources and other campus partners to address challenges, support your success, and keep you on track to graduate;
  • Teach your first-year Purdue Promise course (GS 197);
  • E-mail you monthly announcements;
  • Coach you each semester you are not in a Purdue Promise class through 3-4 Blackboard modules geared toward your career exploration, student involvement, and preparation for life after college; and
  • Track their interactions with you in our Student Success database so that our entire team can support you if needed, and they have documentation of any concerns should you ever have to appeal for your scholarship(s).

Assistant Directors

Assistant Directors supervise Student Success Coaches and help coordinate the support services that we offer. Additionally, they coach 30-50 students each semester who are facing academic challenges, including those that qualify for MAPS. Should you find yourself in academic jeopardy, the Assistant Director who supervises your assigned Student Success Coach will coach you until you get back on track academically. To do this, they will:

  • Meet with you up to 8 times each semester you work with them;
  • Work with you to create an academic success contract, track your academic progress and accountability to that contract, and refer you to appropriate academic resources;
  • Assist you in working with College-specific resources and other campus partners to address challenges, support your success, and keep you on track to graduate;
  • E-mail you monthly announcements;
  • Track their interactions with you in our Student Success database so that our entire time can support you if needed, and they have documentation of any concerns should you ever have to appeal for your scholarship(s); and
  • Assist you through the scholarship appeal and/or readmission process, if necessary, should you lose your scholarship or be academically dropped from the University.

Our Coaching Model

First-Year Students

Fall Semester: GS 197 + 5 required study hours per week

Spring Semester: 2-3 required coaching meetings + 4 Blackboard modules

  • Organize Yourself
  • Getting Involved on Campus
  • Connecting Your Schooling to the Real World
  • Reflection and Goal Setting

Second-Year Students

Fall Semester: 2-3 required coaching meetings + 4 Blackboard modules

  • Setting up Your myCCO Account
  • Career Exploration
  • Internship Search or Graduate School Exploration
  • Preparing for Professional Interviews

Spring Semester: 2-3 required coaching meetings + 3 Blackboard modules

  • Leadership Experience
  • Professional References / Letters of Recommendation
  • InterviewStream Practice Interview

Third-Year Students

Fall Semester: 2-3 required coaching meetings + 3 Blackboard modules

  • Attend a Job or Career Fair
  • Résumé and Cover Letter Update
  • Internship / Job Search or Graduate School Preparation

Spring Semester: 2-3 required coaching meetings + 3 Blackboard modules

  • Organize Your Employment Document
  • Student’s Choice (options and suggestions provided)
  • Interviewing Skills Polishing

Fourth-Year Students

Fall Semester: GS 405

Spring Semester: schedule appointments with your coach or GS 405 instructor as needed

Other Purdue Promise Staff Support

Michelle Ashcraft serves as Senior Assistant Director for Student Success and Coordinator of Purdue Promise. Her supervisor is Yvonne Smith, Associate Director for Student Success. Michelle and Yvonne both teach GS 405.

Michelle also oversees Purdue Promise scholarship appeals. If you ever find yourself in jeopardy of losing your scholarship, you and your coach will work with Michelle to file an appeal.

Campus Partners

The Purdue Promise staff could not do our best to support you without good relationships with the following campus partners. We may contact them from time to time as we assist you on your path to graduation. We may also refer you to them for additional support.

Contact Your Coach and Schedule Appointments

Click here to view contact information for the Purdue Promise staff and access links to schedule appointments.

Student Success at Purdue, KRCH 4th Floor, 1198 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-9328, studentsuccess@purdue.edu

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