Transition and Academic Skills Center


What is Academic Success Coaching?

When a student has been released by their first-year advisor and continues to seek additional support for reaching their academic potential, success coaching may be the answer. Success coaching is an interactive process that empowers those students to create a bridge between where they are and where they want to be. In any given coaching session, students can expect to work on at least one of the following items:

  • Organization
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • School/Life Balance
  • Time Management
  • Success Strategies
  • Connecting with Resources

***Students that sign up with a success coach, commit to regularly scheduled meetings for the entire semester. 

Have a quick question?

If a student's situation does not require a semester-long agreement, but the student just has a “quick question”, please access Success Coach Johna’s calendar here Quick questions topics could include, but are not limited to studying for a test, time management, organization and connecting with other campus resources.

Student Spotlight


"To me, success coaching meant more than graduating on time. It meant waking up every morning with a positive and proactive mindset. It meant showing up to class, applying myself to lectures, and completing all of my assignments. Although life got in the way of my journey and things got rough; there was my success coach to support me and my goals."

Adan R.
Spring 2020 graduate

Preparing for an appointment

New students to coaching:

To schedule an appointment, please access Andrea’s calendar here. Please click on the type of appointment that best fits your situation.

Before your meeting, please fill out the attached intake form and bring to your scheduled meeting.

Returning students to coaching:

If you already have a prior relationship with a coach, please email them directly.

Coaching Staff

Lisa Melz-Jennings
Academic Success Coach Coordinator

Andrea Riebling
Academic Success Coach

Johna Lawens
Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach

Success Tools

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Contact Us

For questions related to academic coaching, please contact Success Coaching Coordinator Lisa Melz-Jennings at:

Student Testimonials

"My coach helped me turn my grades around completely!"

"My coach helped me identify where I need the most help, which was time management."

"My coach listens to me and gives me good resources and lets me know the decision is up to me." 

"My coach has been helpful by helping me find resources around campus. She always has a positive attitude."

"My coach constantly checks in on me and is concerned about me not just academically, but personally as well."