Every student at Wingate University is assigned an academic advisor. First-year Pre-Pharmacy students are assigned to a Pre-Pharmacy Academic Advisor, in the School of Pharmacy. First-year Music majors will have a faculty member within the Department of Music. Early college and transfer students will be assigned faculty advisors within their chosen fields of study. All other students are assigned to a success coach for the first year, who will serve as an academic advisor. At the end of students’ first year of college, students will be transitioned to a full-time faculty member within their major.
All five success coaches’ offices are located on the first floor of Alumni Residence Hall, off the Academic Quad. In addition to traditional advising responsibilities, such as working with students during the registration period to create appropriate course schedules, success coaches aim to empower their students in navigating their first year of college. They support and encourage their students in their curricular and co-curricular activities as they adjust to university life. Success coaches work closely and cooperatively with the Office of Student Success, the Academic Resource Center, Athletics, faculty, staff, and other offices on campus to encourage individual student success. Students have the opportunity to meet with their success coach in a one-on-one setting as often as the student’s needs require. Coaches will also communicate and work with students through group advising sessions, e-mail, and social media. Students may also be enrolled in a one-credit learning strategies course taught by their success coach.
Success coaches purposefully work with students to reach the following student learning objectives during the first year:
-Students will develop an understanding of the Wingate curriculum requirements and actively participate in creating their own course schedules.
-Students will be empowered to develop and implement a plan that incorporates their personal interests, strengths, and supports their academic and professional goals.
-Students will develop an understanding of campus resources and can demonstrate the ability to autonomously communicate their needs clearly and effectively to others.
-Students will learn to accept responsibility for personal decisions and learn to develop problem solving skills.