Student Success Courses

The Supporting Inclusive Success initiative includes the development and delivery of one-credit Student Success Courses during fall semester, specifically designed to achieve the academic and retention benefits of the holistic academic and financial coaching model proven successful for students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds.

Course sections will also be created for other first-year students meeting one or more criteria of low-income, first-generation, and academic need. Each section will be supported by two student mentors selected for having demonstrated successful strategies themselves in overcoming obstacles typical of the cohort being served. These success courses will seek to reveal the “hidden curriculum” at Pacific and will address belonging and self-efficacy development, study skills and time management, interacting with faculty, financial literacy, and the use of support resources. 

As part of this course, students will develop an “academic and financial plan” that maps out a degree-completion academic plan alongside a financial map for funding their education. 

To continue receiving augmented support in the spring semester, students will be provided with several options. One spring section of College Success II will be offered for students whose first semester performance indicates a need for continued, structured coaching. Students who do not need or do not choose the course option will continue to receive invitations to attend workshops variously reinforcing skills addressed in the first semester course, such as time management, study skills, and identifying a major.