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Mentoring and Academic Coaching (MAC)

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Title V Grant

Mentoring and Academic Coaching: Foundations for Student Success at Texas State University is a five year $3,037,763 award from the U.S. Department of Education Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grant. The PACE MAC Grant serves two activities for FY 2013-2017. 

Activity 1

Enhancing Student Success through Mentoring 

Activity 1 projects are designed to enhance student retention and persistence during the first year of college. To improve academic achievement in the freshman year, mentoring is provided to students who benefit from an academic "nudge." This program targets students identified according to information provided at admission, which estimates their likelihood of academic success. In addition, this new initiative receives CRLA International Mentor Training Program Certification as programs and services are aligned with best practices standards.

Activity 2 

Strengthening Achievement and Developing Financial Literacy through Academic Coaching 

Activity 2 is designed to enhance student persistence and retention during the first year of college. Academic coaching helps students assess their personal strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for academic recovery, which allows them to be retained to their sophomore year. Supplementing academic coaching with participation in a comprehensive financial education program for first year students improves their awareness and understanding of budget and financial planning; overspending; dealing with debt and credit cards; and preventing identity theft and other topics.