St. Mary's College of California
The name—Student Success Office—really says it. It’s a new holistic approach to supporting students, launched this fall at Saint Mary’s, that combines a collaborative network of people, individual coaching, and high-tech tools to help students thrive and succeed.
“The aim of the Student Success Office is to provide students with access to the resources and mentoring they need to build academic, personal, and professional success in college and beyond,” said Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea, who leads the newly established SSO that combines five reconfigured offices under one umbrella—Student Engagement and Academic Success (SEAS), Career and Professional Development Services, the High Potential program, Student Disability Services, and the Tutorial and Academic Skills Center.
Core to SSO’s approach is a one-on-one coaching program, in partnership with InsideTrack—a San Francisco company offering expertise in higher education coaching, analytics, and technology. This year, for the first time, every incoming student (first year and transfer) is assigned a SEAS coach who will meet with them at least twice a semester, help them map out their individual path, track progress, introduce resources and opportunities, and make referrals to SSO colleagues and others on campus.