Association for the Coaching & Tutoring Profession

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Not Just for Tutoring: Funding & Growing an Academic Coaching Program at an Existing Learning Assistance Center

March 17, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Ballroom C
  • Ballroom C

About Session

This workshop focuses on creating an Academic Coaching program either from the ground-up or as an extension of an existing learning assistance center using Bergen Community College’s Cerullo Learning Assistance Center and its integration of an Academic Coaching Program into its already robust tutoring services as a model. From funding (including finding grant opportunities) to recruiting Academic Coaches, from getting faculty buy-in to integrating academic coaching into the college’s culture, we will look at laying the groundwork for this expansion of services for an already award-winning learning center. An open discussion about funding, best practices, and separating the “Tutor” from the “Academic Coach” along with participant feedback will be highly encouraged.

Key Points

  • Applying for grants & allocating funding for academic coaching
  • Doing research and compiling resources for establishing an academic coaching
  • The challenges of adapting best practices to a community college setting + establishing an academic coaching program at an existing tutoring center
  • Developing partnerships on campus to facilitate new student resources
  •  Assessment plans going forward
    • Monitoring probationary + warning students via Tutortrac
    • Analyzing GPAs, retention + persistence data annually
    • Collecting qualitative data from students who utilized the program via a survey
      informed by Assessment


John Findura

Writing Center Supervisor, Bergen Community College

Kelli Hayes

Academic Coaching Supervisor, Bergen Community College