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University's Mane Connect Success Coaching Program Receives NASPA Award

Old Dominion University's Mane Connect Success Coaching Program was recently recognized by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as an Excellence Award Bronze honoree.

The Coaching Program was awarded in the Careers, Academic Advising and Support category. The NASPA Excellence Awards recognized the Success Coaching program as a top transformative, innovative, and data-driven programs in the nation.

"This award is reflective of ODU's commitment to student success. This commitment to ODU student success starts at the top with leadership from across campus and is championed by our University President, John R. Broderick. At Old Dominion University we are holistically and unapologetically devoted to seeing students succeed from the first point of contract through graduation and beyond. The Mane Connect Success Coaching Program is just one of many ways that ODU embodies student success," said Sherri Watson, director of ODU's Center for Major Exploration & Mane Connect Success Coaching.

The Mane Connect Success Coaching Program provides targeted programs (e.g., financial literacy, career exploration) and workshops to further promote student success. In 2017-2018, students who participated in success coaching retained from first-to-second year at a rate 18.7% higher and an ODU GPA of 0.41 higher than the control group and retained first-to-second year at a rate 6.2% higher than the overall freshman class.

Award Description

Each year, NASPA recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration. NASPA's Excellence Awards cover eleven categories crucial to the success of students and the continued growth of the student affairs profession. Winners are recognized at the NASPA Annual Conference.

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