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What is Coaching?

The relationship between a success coach and client involves questioning, observing, feedback, encouragement, support and accountability, all of which are focused on the client’s stated goals. Coaching is NOT therapy.  Therapy deals with exploring origins of emotional or psychological trauma and tends to be long term and intensive. Coaching addresses behaviors, values, motivators and to some degree emotional issues. Coaching is primarily present and future focused with a concentration on time-limited, action-oriented results.

What is Tulane Success Coaching?
Tulane Success Coaching is a program founded in the International Coach Federation core coaching principles whereby the client is the student.  The mission of the Tulane Success Coaching Program is to increase student engagement and success by providing support and accountability in the areas of academic, personal, and career achievement.

The difference between Tulane Success Coaches and other professionals on campus:
Academic Advisors- Coaches do not assist students with course selection or academic planning, major declaration, adding or dropping courses, obtaining advanced placement, monitoring degree requirements and academic progress, and withdrawal or leave of absence.

Counselors- While issues that impact student success are relevant coaching topics, coaches are primarily focused on motivation and skill building.  When necessary, coaches can make the appropriate referral to another resource on campus and assist students with appointment scheduling. 

Tutors- In relation to academic performance, coaches work with students on study strategies, test preparation, time management, planning, organization and motivation.  Coaches do not focus on specific course content.  If a student is having difficulty in a content area he or she will be referred to the Tulane Tutoring Center or to a department or faculty for assistance.

Students that fully engage in the coaching process develop the skills and resources to:

  1. Improve academic performance
  2. Become effective communicators
  3. Recognize and utilize their strengths
  4. Set SMART goals and achieve them
  5. Identify and remove obstacles that can hinder success
  6. Effectively manage stress and prioritize wellness
  7. Take ownership of their academic, personal, and career endeavors

 The coaching relationship is established based on the student’s needs and the roles of coach and student are clearly defined at the beginning of the partnership. Together the coach and student create an individualized success plan that involves short term and long term goal setting.  Students can apply for this enhancement service or can be nominated by faculty and staff.

Tulane University Success Coaching Center (Diboll Complex), New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5107 success@tulane.edu