A Brighter Future on the Horizon
While the coaches in Indiana currently work with scholars only during their first year of study, they’ve already made a significant impact. At the end of its first year of implementation, the 21st Century Scholars Coaching Initiative saw retention rates of students moving into their second year increase by roughly 15% over historical figures.
The expansion of the program to two additional Indiana universities at the start of the current academic year is evidence of its continuing success. Other states, including Ohio and Minnesota, are looking at the program as a model to create and implement their own coaching initiatives.
Indiana has served as a profoundly positive role model. By expanding its 21st Century Scholars Coaching Initiative, it will greatly serve the future of its citizens and, eventually — as more states introduce similar programs — the future of our country.
The benefits are clear: More college graduates means a better prepared workforce and greater opportunity, not only for the graduates, but also for their families, communities, and the states in which they live. The potential return on investment is immense.
About the Author: Pete Wheelan, CEO of InsideTrack, has dedicated his career to leading mission-driven, high-growth companies focused on helping individuals live up to their full potential. Before joining InsideTrack, he served as chief operating officer and chief revenue officer at Blurb, a groundbreaking leader in unleashing creative expression through self-published books.