Students are assigned to work one-on-one with a full-time ACCESS Coach a minimum of twice per week throughout the semester. The purpose of the coaching sessions is to aid students in their transition to college, and to help students build self management skills. This is accomplished by assisting students with goal-setting, study strategy techniques, helping with time management and organizational skills, and helping students to hold themselves accountable for their learning.
ACCESS Prep Week
ACCESS Prep is a five day intensive seminar held the week before classes begin. The goal of the program is to prepare students to enter into the college curriculum, which is accomplished by building a supportive community with other students, attending academic skill building classes throughout the week, getting organized for the fall semester, and meeting 1-on1 with the ACCESS coach and program Coordinator. Click here to see an Example of the ACCESS Prep Week schedule.
The ACCESS Coach is also assigned to be the student’s academic advisor. This is beneficial for the student, as the Coach is knowledgeable about the student’s strengths and limitations and will take this into consideration when recommending courses each semester. The Coach’s goal is to help the student make progress toward degree requirements while maintaining a manageable and well-balanced course load each semester.
First Year Experience
Students participating in ACCESS have the opportunity to enroll in a specialized section of the First-Year Experience course, which is taught by the ACCESS program Coordinator and staff. Many incoming first year students enroll for a section of this course, however the ACCESS section is specialized in that it will build on the information covered during ACCESS prep.
Collaboration with Campus Resources
The mission of Lincoln College is to uniquely empower students to realize their full potential. To that end, the campus provides a very nurturing and supportive environment which allows ACCESS Program staff to easily communicate and collaborate with all of the support programs that are available to our students, i.e. faculty members, tutors, counselors, and residence life staff.
Primarily, ACCESS Coaches work closely with the faculty in order to closely monitor the student’s progress and tailor the support necessary for each class. Faculty members are notified at the beginning of each semester of the students in their courses who are participating in the ACCESS Program, and they are asked to contact the ACCESS coach with any concerns or feedback regarding the student’s performance.
Additionally, ACCESS Coaches are in close contact with the Academic Success Center to establish tutoring appointments for students who need ongoing one-on-one tutoring, or drop-in assistance through the math lab, learning lab, or writing lab. Coaches are able to run reports showing the amount of time each student spends with a tutor . The report allows us to follow up directly with the tutor if there are any questions, concerns or suggestions for instructional methods to meet the student’s needs and support student success.
ACCESS Coaches frequently connect students with the counseling services that are available on campus; and, they also work closely with the Residence Life staff to support and advocate for our students outside of the classroom. On occasion, the ACCESS Coordinator and Coach may be requested to participate in residence life disciplinary meetings when necessary.
Weekly Contact with Parent
The ACCESS Coach and Coordinator are available any time to help parents navigate the Lincoln College system so that their questions are answered and any concerns are addressed. Additionally, the ACCESS coach will contact the student’s parent(s) at least once a week, via phone or email, to inform them of their student’s academic progress and to make them aware of any concerns, deadlines, upcoming events, etc.
With the support of the ACCESS program and the additional campus resources at Lincoln College, students who may have previously thought that earning a college degree was unattainable have been able to successfully complete their Associate’s Degree, and many have transferred on to four-year institutions with the hope of earning a Bachelor’s Degree.
We hope you are the next success story of Lincoln College!The ACCESS program made it possible for our son to succeed in college. He needed the support of a point person on campus. Sometimes it was for personal coaching. Sometimes it was for reassurance. Sometimes it was for academic assistance. Sometimes it was for running interference with faculty. We have been extremely happy with our experience. We can’t thank the ACCESS program for all they have done to make college a positive experience. This comment applies to faculty and administration as well. All in all, ACCESS lived up to its reputation. Sarah A., parent of 2013 Lincoln College graduate
Our daughter had been to other programs at other schools and this is the first one she felt like the counselor was concerned for her success and she felt the one-on-one benefits. ACCESS was the key to our daughter graduating. We aren’t sure she could have made it without the program.
Gary K. , parent of 2012 Lincoln College graduate
It was the best help you could get when you come to college needing help. I would recommend it to kids who need extra help. The people who run the program are very nice and helpful, as well.
2012-13 1st year ACCESS student
The ACCESS program gave me new ideas about studying and keeping my planner organized. My grades went from bad to excellent in my last year at LC in the ACCESS program. I wish they had this at other colleges.
K.B., class of 2013