Cardinal Success Coach Program
Complete the Cardinal Success Coach Program Application.
Some students connected with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) have disability symptomalogy which impacts their executive functioning skills, making things like organization and time management a particular challenge. Other students may have limited experience with the demands of college coursework and could benefit from some additional support to help them meet these demands. To address the needs of these students, the DRC has created the Cardinal Success Coach Program, which offers ongoing one-on-one attention to students to coach them through these challenges and hold them accountable for their own success. The program provides participating students with disabilities the opportunity to meet with a peer academic coach for one to five regularly-scheduled hour(s) per week throughout the semester. Coaches are experienced University of Louisville students that have been trained by the Disability Resource Center. During these meetings, the peer academic coaches can work one-on-one with students on topics including but not limited to:
- Reviewing course syllabi
- Using Blackboard
- Breaking assignments into manageable pieces
- Identifying helpful organizational tools
- Maintaining a calendar, planner, or other organizational tool
- Balancing time demands of school and other responsibilities
- Accessing campus resources
- Registering for classes
- Calculating grades
- Navigating campus
- Accountability checks for progress towards goals
- Self-advocacy skills
- Study strategies
- Requesting accommodations
- Using accommodations
Only students with documented disabilities are eligible to receive coaching through this program, and are strongly encouraged to also use academic accommodations. Participating students are expected to share syllabi and grades, fully engage in the coaching process, communicate with the coach if a session must be cancelled or rescheduled, and notify the program supervisor if they have any problems or concerns when working with their coach. Each student is responsible for their own success. Coaches provide support to students as they develop and exercise their academic skills, but students have ultimate responsibility for their own courses, progress, and performance.
Academic coaching is a personal service, not an accommodation provided by the DRC. Therefore, unlike accommodations, there is a fee for participating in this program. Students who are clients of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation may be able to work with their OVR Counselor to receive funding to participate in this program. The fees to participate in the Cardinal Success Coach Program are structured as follows:
- 1 hour per week - $250 per semester
- 2 hours per week - $500 per semester
- 3 hours per week - $750 per semester
- 4 hours per week - $1000 per semester
- 5 hours per week - $1250 per semester
The Disability Resource Center has a Service Fee Memorandum with the KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for this program. Students who are clients of KY OVR may be able to work with their OVR Counselor to receive funding to participate. The Disability Resource Center recommends that students speak with their OVR Counselor in advance to verify their eligibility for this funding.
The Cardinal Success Coach Program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or age.