This fall, Mason launched its inaugural success coaching program for incoming freshmen through the Mason Care Network (MCN). Success Coaches work with students to guide and encourage the growth and development of each student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs about their ability succeed in higher education as well as within their chosen field. Coaching conversations include topics such as navigating university life at Mason, transitioning to college, learning about Mason resources, major fit, and career exploration.
MCN’s Success Coaches discuss all aspects of a student’s life that impacts their academic performance, including but not limited to the following 8 focus areas:
- School community
- Commitment to graduation
- Managing commitments
- Health & support
Mason’s Success Coaches meet with students to discuss, in depth, these 8 focus areas and how they are influencing their student experience at Mason. Success Coaches work closely with campus resources, Academic Advisors, and the student to develop success plans to enhance and improve a student’s performance and confidence in each area.
Students are encouraged to meet with their Success Coach at least once per semester. However, the most successful students will want to meet with their Success Coach 2-3 times per semester.
Freshmen students have an assigned Success Coach and Transfer students have the opportunity to opt-in to work with Peer Student Success Coaches. Students can locate their coaches via the coach finder locator:
- Freshman students – Mason Care Network
- Transfer students – Peer Success Coaching
Students can make an appointment with their Success Coach through Navigate Mason or the MCN website, mcn.gmu.edu. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 703-993-2470.
The MCN team will host a Student Success Coaching live workshop for families on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Register now at masonfamily.gmu.edu/virtual-family-initiatives/live-workshops to learn more about our coaching services. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Adrienne D. White
Mason Care Network
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