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Upcoming Training Dates

The next Coach Approach Trainings will be held in Spring/Summer 2021. If you’d like to receive a notification when future trainings are scheduled, please email Marc Howlett.


Learning Center Academic Coaches offers Coach Approach Training for UNC faculty and staff. Participants learn and practice fundamental coaching skills that they can apply in their professional settings in order to enhance their interactions with students. The training is a mix of content delivery, coaching demonstrations and interactive practices, and incorporates proven strategies to improve participants’ learning, such as metacognition, self-testing and skill review.

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching is a method of facilitating a dialogue with students that empowers them to:

  • set, take action towards and stay committed to goals,
  • understand their habits and thinking patterns
  • understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • learn self-regulation and effective study skills.

Students who receive academic coaching often describe experiencing a more successful, balanced and fulfilling academic experience.  Growing research points to academic coaching as an increasingly promising new practice in colleges in universities.

Coach Approach Training Testimonials

Since the first delivery of Coach Approach Training in July 2015, over 400 faculty/staff from more than 80 departments have attended a total of 25 trainings.  Evaluations are uniformly positive:

  1. “This was one of the best professional trainings I’ve attended. The presenters were excellent, and it was nice to have so many opportunities for practice. I think the skills we’ve learned and the coaching theory will be invaluable as we interact with students on a daily basis.”
  2. “This training was effective because there was a good balance between listening, interacting and practicing. I think this is the first training I’ve walked away from knowing that I can put what I have learned to use in my appointments and know that it will stick too…THANK YOU!”
  3. “This was the BEST training I have received thus far on the topic of coaching, and I have attended a few locally at UNC and regionally… I cannot say enough good things about how well this was executed. It was a perfect balance of material, book read-ahead assignments, and practical in class exercises. The material was not only learned, but internalized. Having such experienced instructors share their extensive knowledge and experience was invaluable, they allowed themselves to be vulnerable and put on the spot for the sake of learning, with an absolutely fantastic result. Thank you!!!”
  4. “This training was so useful. I learned practical skills that I can implement NOW… starting next week! Thank you for helping me to add strategies to my tool box. “
  5. “This training was OUTSTANDING! I am so very glad that I participated and have already recommended it to coworkers. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”



Kimsey-House, H., & Kimsey-House, K. (2011).  Co-Active coaching:  Changing business, transforming lives.  Boston, MA:  Nicholas Brealey Publishers.

Stoltzfus, T. (2008). Coaching Questions: A coach’s guide to powerful asking skills. Virginia Beach, VA: Stoltzfus.


Bettinger, E. P., & Baker, R. (2011). The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring. National Bureau of Economic Research Program Working Paper, #16881.

Cohen, M. (2012). The importance of self-regulation for college student learning. College Student Journal,46(4), 892-902.

Dalton, J. & Crosby, P. (2014). The power of personal coaching: Helping first-year students to connect and commit to college.  Journal of College & Character. 15(2).  Retrieved from

Field, S., Parker, D., Sawilowsky, S. & Rolands, L. (2013).  Assessing the impact of ADHD coaching services on university students’ learning skills, self-regulation and well-being.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 26(1). 67-81

Howlett, M. A., McWilliams, M. A., Rademacher, K., Maitland, T., O’Neill, J. C., Abels, K., Demetriou, C., & Panter, A. T. (2020). An academic coaching training program for university professionals: A mixed methods examination. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Howlett, M. A., McWilliams, M. A., Rademacher, K., O’Neill, J. C., Maitland, T., Abels, K., Demetriou, C., & Panter, A. T. (2021). Investigating the effects of academic coaching on college students’ metacognition. Innovative Higher Education.

Richman, E., Rademacher, K., & Maitland, T. (2014). Coaching and college success.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 27 (1). 33-50.


Coaches Training Institute (CTI):  One of the oldest coaching training organizations in the US.  The Learning Center model is adapted from the co-active model developed by this organization.

International Coach Federation: National organization and governing body for the coaching field.

The Edge Foundation: Organization dedicated to providing coaching to high school and college students with ADHD.