CLASE offers assistance in a number of areas:
Graduation Coaches are an integral component. They are graduate level students from the Counseling & Student Services program at Fresno State. Graduation Coaches are knowledgeable of student’s challenges and can relate to students in many different ways. Planning is essential for academic success. As such, Graduation Coaches assist students in creating an academic roadmap, review transcripts, and ensure students are on track to graduate by reviewing the Degree Audit Report (DARS). Supplemented with tangible planning documents, students now have time to reflect on their campus involvement or professional development.
Coming to college, students may assume that their study habits and high school success will easily translate to a college setting. However, students soon realize that college is very different from their previous academic experiences. Professors have new demands, attendance may or may not be tracked, classes are not structured to take up the entire day, and independent learning is an expectation (Robinson & Gahan, 2010). Academic coaching can be a crucial step in helping students transition to college. Coaches work with students to be strategic in establishing and achieving their academic goals. The academic coach encourages students to reflect on strengths related to their academics (e.g. Learning Style) and works with the student to try new study strategies. In partnership with SupportNet, Academic Coaches are available to help students explore their motivations, academic skills, and goal-setting, while developing concrete steps needed to take to improve their performance in the classroom.