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Northwest Missouri State University


Assist Program

About the Program | Mentors

About the Program

Assist is a program designed for students who do not meet Northwest’s moderately selective admissions standards. Students who have an ACT composite score below 21 and an admissions index below 100 will be considered for this program. Such things as the high school GPA, class rank and grades earned in college preparatory coursework are taken into consideration.

The Assist Program provides additional support as students transition from high school to college. It provides each student the support of an individual Academic Success Coach, who works to enhance students’ study skills, time management skills and their knowledge of the campus community and resources.

Assist expands the support and services to new first year students. Each participant is assigned a Academic Success Coach and peer mentor who will monitor academic progress, act as an information resource person on campus, and recommend tutoring if needed.

Each Academic Success Coach receives regular grade and attendance checks for all participants. The student’s progress is discussed and recommendations for improving performance are made when appropriate.

Additionally, each participant benefits from one-on-one peer mentoring from a successful upperclassman as well as regular sessions with their coach.

Participants are required to sign an Understanding of Participation. This form outlines Northwest’s expectations of and commitment to the student.

Approximately 100 students are admitted to Northwest through the Assist Program each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: As an Assist Program participant, will I be required to take additional or special courses?
A: Yes.  You will be required to enroll in and complete the 1-credit hour Academic Success Coaching course (77-150) during your first trimester of enrollment. 

Q: Will I be limited in the number of credit hours in which I can enroll?
A: Yes. Students are limited to a maximum of 16 hours during their first trimester. These hours include at least nine hours of general education courses unless a student’s major requires otherwise. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 trimester hours to be considered a full-time student.

Q: How long is my commitment to the Assist Program?
A: A student’s formal commitment is for the first trimester of enrollment only. However, most of the program’s resources are available upon request to students in subsequent trimesters.

Q: What if I have poor academic performance my first trimester at Northwest?
A: If your first semester GPA is below a 1.75, your progress will be evaluated based on course grade checks, class attendance checks, academic coaching and mentoring session attendance/participation. 

Q: What support services will be made available to me?
A: Students are provided with free tutoring in content areas that are relevant to their class schedules. Students are invited to attend various workshops and sessions designed for first-year students. Students will be assigned a Academic Success Coach who is knowledgeable about student development and the myriad of Northwest resources. Students will also be assigned a student mentor who will provide insight and assistance from a student perspective.

 

Additional Information

For more information regarding the admissions process, please contact:

Tamera Grow
Associate Director of Admissions 
660-562-1146

For more information on the Assist & Academic Success Coaching Program, contact:

Kenna Johnson
Director, Talent Development Center
660.562.1154

Meet the Mentors

Bailey Arrandale

Bailey Arrandale

Graduate Assistant




ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Eric Bagby

Eric Bagby

Graduate Assistant




ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Shelby Barnard

Shelby Barnard

Major/Minor:
Elementary Education and
Special Education

ASC Team:
Kat Falke

Katie Brown

Katie Brown

Major/Minor: 
Political Science


ASC Team: 

Ashley Strickland

Jessica Buckley

Jessica Buckley

Major/Minor: 
Elementary Education/Special Education

ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Malerie Davied

Malerie Davied

Major/Minor:
Dietetics

ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Terner Ervin

Terner Ervin

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Alex Gross

Alex Gross

Major/Minor: 
Biology/Nutrition

ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Joel Hamilton

Joel Hamilton

Major/Minor: 
Dietetics

ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Brianna Maitlen

Brianna Maitlen

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Katherine McLean

Katherine McLean

Major/Minor: 
Psychology & Sociology

ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Kim Meinke

Kimberly Meinke

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Jamie Neffeler

Jamie Nyffeler

Major/Minor: 
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Sam Olsson

Samantha Olsson

Major/Minor: 
Elementary Education and 
Special Education

ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Alysa Orchard

Alysa Orchard

Major/Minor: 
Instrumental Music Education

ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Tori Paulsen

Tori Paulsen

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Chelcea Riegel

Chelcea Reigel

Major/Minor: 
Vocal Music Education

ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Will Goodspeed

Matt Tohl

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Sara Voisard

Sara Voisard

Major/Minor: 
Chemistry

ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Byron Walker

Byron Walker

Graduate Assistant



ASC Team: 
Kat Falke

Beth Wells

Beth Wells

Major/Minor: 
Elementary Education

ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford

Lauren Wenrich

Lauren Wenrich

Major/Minor: 
Dietetics

ASC Team: 
Ashley Strickland

Hailey Worthy

Hailey Worthy

Major/Minor: 
English Education

ASC Team: 
Lauren Shackleford