InsideTrack reports gains in persistence and graduation
Do you have a personal life coach? I don’t, but coaching is reportedly quite effective.
Last year I attended the National Urban League’s National Higher Education Summit, sponsored by USA Funds. All the panels were inspiring and hard hitting, but a speaker from InsideTrack, a company that supports student persistence, was particularly enlightening.
Coaching Students to Success
InsideTrack takes the concept of executive coaching and applies it to college students.
“We want to help students develop a plan that would fully empower them and hold them accountable,” says Dave Jarrat, the company’s vice president of marketing.
Why does coaching help students persist? Jarrat says the biggest barrier is often lacking a sense of self-awareness, a sense of belonging, students wondering if they’re college material, not knowing how to connect to the school community or to professors.
Most students go through a period of uncertainty, Jarrat says. The coaching helps to normalize it.
“We help them develop a plan—we don’t hand them fish, we teach them to fish,” Jarrat says. “We’ve coached 1.3 million students and seen 10% to 15% gains in enrollment, persistence, and completion.”