Fostering Success Coaching Model - Jim Casey Youth Opportunities

Strategies for
Student Engagement
in Higher Education Settings
Jamie Crandell, Fostering Success Coach Training and Certification Coordinator,
Western Michigan University, Center for Fostering Success
Belen Gonzalez, Program Director, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Ronicka Hamilton, Senior Campus Coach, Western Michigan University, Seita
Scholars Program
Tamar Toutant, Seita Scholar, Western Michigan University
Nina Scholars Program
Nina Scholars Criteria
• Established in 2001 at four institutions: Arizona State
University, Maricopa Community Colleges, IUPUI, Ivy Tech
• Target Populations:
– Adults 25 years or older with dependents
– College age youth with physical disabilities
– Foster youth that have transitioned out of child welfare system
• Applicants should also:
– Have less than 24 degree-applicable credit hours
– Demonstrate financial need
What’s included in the Nina Scholars
Tuition assistance (amount varies)
Nina Scholar Program Director and support staff
Student support services
Class (cohort) experience
Passport Program
Up to four years of support at community colleges and up to six years at
Nina Scholar Evaluation
• 2001-2007: Six- year longitudinal study comparing Nina
Scholars to students who were eligible but not selected for the
• 2007- Current: Internal report comparing Nina Scholar
performance with data from the U.S. Department of Education’s
National Center for Education Statistics.
• Beginning 2014- Longitudinal study following Nina Scholars in
Class 14
Nina Scholars- Show me the numbers!
• Through the first 11 years of the program, 494 students
entered with 65 percent graduating or persisting, across all
schools and populations.
– Adults with Dependents- 57% of the Nina Scholars,
graduation rate of 64%
– Youth with Physical Disabilities- 16% of the Nina Scholars,
gradation rate of 62%
– Foster Youth- 27% of the Nina Scholars, graduation rate of
Nina Scholars- It’s working!
Foster Youth
Arizona State
Ivy Tech
Nina Scholars and Youth Engagement
Nina Scholar Advisory Council
iLead Conference
Student Success Committee
Class Welcome Orientation
College Success Course
Nina Scholar dedicated space
New Features
• Nina Scholar Graduate School Assistance Fund
• Building on the Foster Care Tuition Waiver in Arizona
• Connection to the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative
Seita Scholars Program
Why Coaching?
• Growing in foster care can result in skill
• Coaching aims to narrow and eliminate
gaps in skill
• Coaching differs from casework and therapy
– Future focus
– Partnered relationship
Fostering Success Coaching Model
Why Coaching?
3rd Semester Retention
At WMU, 3rd semester retention rates for freshman students
from foster care are similar to other freshman who are first
time in any college (FTIAC)
Fostering Success Coaching Model:
Core Elements
• Interdependent Relationships
– Partnering
– Promoting reciprocity
• Empowerment Evaluation
– Progress indicators
– Ongoing feedback loop
Interdependent Relationships
Practice Strategies
Partnering with Students
Doing for
Doing to
Doing with
Practice Strategies
• Partnering with Students
– Avoid making assumptions
• Getting real-time feedback from students
– What about your interaction has been helpful? What could be
changed to be more helpful?
• Observation and Praise
– What skills are in practice?
Student Engagement
Summer Outreach by Peer Leaders
New Student Orientation
SET Week
Fall Welcome Week
First Year Seminar
Registered Student Organization
Career Mentors
Identity Groups
Practice Tool:
Using Scales in Assessment and for
Student Engagement in SelfAwareness
Practice Tool:
Using Structured Problem Solving
Method to Engage Student and
Increase Knowledge, Skill and
S = Situation
O = Options
D = Disadvantages
A = Advantages
S = Solution
Small Group Discussion, Q & A
1. What university services/programs do you know of that
work with youth who have experienced foster care?
2. Arizona recently instituted tuition waivers for foster youth.
How are other states managing similar processes?
3. What are the major principles that guide your work with
youth who have experienced foster care?
4. How do you identify students that were formerly in foster
care? How do you engage these youth in a
campus/education setting?

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