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College Possible Success Coaches

APSU has partnered with College Possible to provide our students with near-peer coaching support on a yearly basis. College Possible has refined its near-peer coaching model using a research-based curriculum and is now a national leader in college success programming. Our dedicated near-peer coaches guide and support students on their path to and through college, making College Possible students three times more likely to earn their degrees than their peers.

Interested in becoming a College Possible Success Coach? Click here to learn more information!
Want to learn more about what it means to have a Success Coach? Watch this video to find out?


Frequently Asked Questions:

Coaches are near-peer mentors that have recently graduated from APSU. They are here to help you with one thing: to graduate with a degree. They are your number one advocate and can help you with any problem you might face. If things are going great, they can help you invest in yourself and your future!

Austin Peay provide near peer coaches to facilitate a successful transition to college which impacts your academic success, achievement, and degree completion. This program focuses primarily on supporting first-generation and/or students eligible for Pell grants who face unique challenges when transitioning to college and achieving degree completion.

As much as you need! At a minimum, coaches try to meet with their students once a month to check in and see how things are doing. That being said, you are definitely not limited to how many times you can meet with your coach. 

While coaches often collaborate with advisors, we differ in a lot of areas. Advisors focus on registration, university paperwork, and academic related business. Your coach is here to support you holistically – both inside and outside the classroom. Topics often discussed beyond academic success is personal well-being and financial success.

If you have a coach, you will receive an email from them towards the beginning of the semester or academic year. You can also check on your OneStop Advising Page. Coaches have indicated to their students on the Advising notes section of the OneStop Advising page who their assigned coach is and how to contact their coach.

Coaches can provide a broad range of resources to cover a broad set of needs. If classes are going perfectly and you are already involved on campus, then your coach can help you with things like organizing your time to make things less stressful, or help you set goals and achieve them so that your college experience is fulfilling.  

This is still a new program at Austin Peay so, unfortunately, not everyone can have a coach yet. While we would love to proactively reach out and help as many students as possible, we do not have enough coaches to do so. However, we plan on expanding in the future to support more students. 

Meet the College Possible Success Coaches!

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Ariel Beard

Location: McReynolds 109
Phone: (931) 221-6621
E-mail: bearda@apsu.edu
Ariel Beard began serving as a Student Success Coach in the summer of 2020 but previously worked on campus with Austin Peay’s Office of Housing, Residence Life, and Dining Services during her undergraduate career. Ariel graduated cum laude from Austin Peay State University in May 2020 with a BBA in Marketing with a double minor in English and Political Science. Ariel is passionate about assisting students on campus and navigating challenges and successes that come with their college careers.

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Asia Pace

Location: McReynolds 204
Phone: (931) 221-6622
E-mail: paceak@apsu.edu
Asia Pace started serving students as a Success Coach during the summer of 2020. She has a history of volunteering her time to help others during her undergrad journey: she volunteered at the Admissions Office all four years, she aided her PELP peers in the construction of a home in Trinidad and Tobago during a study abroad trip, and she served as a founding member and secretary of the Honors and PELP Student Advisory Council during her junior and senior year. She graduated magna cum laude from Austin Peay State University in May of 2020 with a B.S. in Psychological Science and a B.P.S. in Leadership and Organizational Administration. She is excited to serve students and assist them in their college journey, and she hopes to learn and grow with them as well.

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Janesa Wine

Location: McReynolds 104B
Phone: (931) 221-6868
E-mail: winej@apsu.edu
Janesa Wine has served as a Student Success Coach since fall 2021. During her time as an undergraduate student at Austin Peay, she was very involved on campus. She has previously worked on campus at the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, was a Peer Leader in APSU 1000 and PASS 0900 courses, and served as the Executive Secretary for the Student Government Association. Janesa graduated from Austin Peay in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance and a minor in Leadership Science. She is excited to meet students and assist them through their college experience.

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Julia Lefurge

Location: McReynolds 103
Phone: (931) 221-6626
E-mail: lefurgej@apsu.edu
Julia Lefurge began serving as a Success Coach in the summer of 2021. She graduated magna cum laude from Austin Peay State University (APSU) in May 2021, with a Bachelor of Science in Music and a minor in Leadership Science. During her time as an undergraduate, Julia served as a Peer Leader for three years in both APSU 1000 and PASS 0900 classes, through which she earned an International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC) for Level III – Master Certification. Julia also worked as a Resident Assistant in the Office of Housing, Residence Life, and Dining Services, as well as a Student Assistant at Woodward Library. The knowledge that she brings from her background in these near-peer programs and jobs will allow her to confidently mentor and provide resources to a diverse group of students, thus enabling them to successfully navigate their first year of college.

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Olivia McClendon

Location: McReynolds 202
Phone: (931) 221-6086
E-mail: mcclendono@apsu.edu
Olivia McClendon started serving as a Success Coach since Fall 2021. During her time as an undergraduate student, Olivia was very involved on Austin Peay’s campus. She served as a Peer Leader for APSU 1000, Vice President of French Club, holds membership in several organizations throughout campus, and participated in the Spain summer study abroad program through APSU. These experiences culminated a rich knowledge of Austin Peay resources that Olivia is excited to share with students as she helps them transition into collegiate life. She graduated Cum Laude in May 2021 with a B.A. in French and minors in Spanish, International Studies and Leadership Science.