New Types Of Coaches Can Increase Freshman College Persistence

Coaching college freshmen so they don’t drop out
Executive-style coaching is making its way onto campuses across the country as schools struggle to keep students from dropping out. In much the same way career coaches help executives reflect on their job performance and goals, student coaches talk with freshmen about studying, financial challenges, family issues, and long-term planning. Eric Bettinger, an associate professor at Stanford University’s School of Education, compared the academic records of more than 13,500 students; half had received coaching and half hadn’t. He found that freshmen in the coached group were 15 percent more likely to still be in school 18 to 24 months later. Coaches “actually call the student and aggressively go after them, rather than expecting the students to come to a service,” Bettinger says.

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