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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.”

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UC Irvine Launches Coaching Service to Help Students and Alumni Enhance Career Skills

IRVINE, CALIF. (SEPT. 20, 2016) — The University of California at Irvine announced today the launch of a new career coaching service designed to improve career readiness and success for graduates and students currently enrolled in UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) and UCI+One programs. UCI has partnered with InsideTrack, the nation’s leading provider of student coaching solutions, to offer personalized career development support through a combination of one-to-one meetings, email and text messaging with professional career coaches, as well as access to self-guided content through InsideTrack’s uCoach® web and mobile apps.

UCI DCE students will be able to choose from a range of coaching options that offer varying levels of mentorship and support as they define their long-term career objectives and develop critical career planning and workplace skills. Students enrolled in the UCI+One program will enjoy career support based on InsideTrack’s proven methodology embedded directly in the program curriculum, providing timely resources, information and support as students organize and execute a career plan.

“With today’s complex, ever-changing job market, UCI DCE takes very seriously our commitment to our students and alumni to support them in building a successful and rewarding career,” said Gary Matkin, Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session. “Our partnership with InsideTrack enables us to offer convenient, affordable access to the high-quality career planning services our students and alumni deserve.”

Beginning this month, career coaching is available to more than 15,000 students enrolled in UCI DCE and UCI+One programs by visiting In 2017, the services will be expanded to all UCI alumni.

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