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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.

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!

Ariel Beard






















Name: 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.

Asia Pace






















Name: Asia Pace
Location: McReynolds 113
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.

Edward Greer






















Name: Edward Greer
: McReynolds 116
: (931) 221-6626
Edward Greer has served as a Student Success Coach since the fall of 2019. He is an alumnus of Austin Peay. In his studies at APSU, Edward participated in several high-impact practices, including founding a student organization, serving as a Peer Leader for APSU 1000, and studying abroad through a French immersion program. Serving as a Success Coach after being a student means that Edward understands the struggles a student faces. These experiences over Edward’s time at APSU since 2015 have provided Edward with the knowledge, tools, and connections necessary to help students overcome otherwise impossible tasks. Edward graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double minor in French and International Relations in Spring 2019.

Giulia Terry






















Name: Giulia Terry
McReynolds 107
(931) 221-6614
Giulia Terry has served as a Success Coach since Fall 2020. Giulia was highly involved during her time as an undergraduate student at Austin Peay. Some of her experiences include studying abroad in Trinidad with the President’s Emerging Leaders Program, being a member of the Austin Peay Dance Team, and serving as an APSU 1000 Peer Leader and PASS Ambassador with the Office of Student Success. Giulia’s experiences have equipped her to share her knowledge, skills, and tools with students to make their college experience the best possible. Giulia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Leadership Science in Spring 2020.