Students are assigned to work one-on-one with a full-time ACCESS Coach a minimum of twice per week throughout the semester. The purpose of the coaching sessions is to aid students in their transition to college, and to help students build self management skills. This is accomplished by assisting students with goal-setting, study strategy techniques, helping with time management and organizational skills, and helping students to hold themselves accountable for their learning.
ACCESS Prep Week
ACCESS Prep is a five day intensive seminar held the week before classes begin. The goal of the program is to prepare students to enter into the college curriculum, which is accomplished by building a supportive community with other students, attending academic skill building classes throughout the week, getting organized for the fall semester, and meeting 1-on1 with the ACCESS coach and program Director. Click here to see an Example of the ACCESS Prep Week schedule.
The ACCESS Coach is also assigned to be the student’s academic advisor. This is beneficial for the student, as the Coach is knowledgeable about the student’s strengths and limitations and will take this into consideration when recommending courses each semester. The Coach’s goal is to help the student make progress toward degree requirements while maintaining a manageable and well-balanced course load each semester.
First Year Experience
Students participating in ACCESS have the opportunity to enroll in a specialized section of the First-Year Experience course, which is taught by the ACCESS program Director and staff. Many incoming first year students enroll for a section of this course, however the ACCESS section is specialized in that it will build on the information covered during ACCESS prep.
Weekly Contact with Parent
The ACCESS coach contacts the student’s parent(s) at least once a week to inform them of the student’s academic progress.