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Academic Success Coaching

About the Program

Academic Success Coaching (formerly 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.

Academic Success Coaching provides additional support as students transition from high school to college. It provides each student the support of an individual Academic Advisor and 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 Advisor and 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 Academic Success Coaching 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 semester 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 semester. 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 semester hours to be considered a full-time student.

Q: How long is my commitment to Academic Success Coaching?
A: A student’s formal commitment is for the first semester of enrollment only. However, most of the program’s resources are available upon request to students in subsequent semesters.

Q: What if I have poor academic performance my first semester 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 Advisor and 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 

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

Dr. Allison Hoffmann
Director, Academic Success & Retention