Coaching Program


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The Coaching Program offers peer mentoring for students in the program. Mentors, known as Peer Coaches, are UMKC students who are assigned two or three students to work with, and are asked to meet with their students at least once a week throughout the semester. These meetings consist of getting to know the campus environment, visiting student support offices on campus, as well as honing study and time management skills.

The Coaching Program is open to all UMKC freshmen or first year transfer students. The Program is mandatory for trial admit students, Henry W. Bloch Scholars, Bernard Osher Re-Entry Scholars, and students on contract with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

To join, or for more information on, the Coaching Program call 816-235-6709 or e-mail.


Coaching Program Cohort Meetings

All Freshmen Coaching Program students are required to attend monthly Coaching Program Cohort Meetings.

Please check your UMKC e-mail for locations or contact Cynthia Fails at 816-235-6709.


Coaching Program Events

Students who are a part of the Coaching Program have a special opportunity to attend programs on campus!


Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops are open to all UMKC students, and are mandatory for students on financial aid contracts, Bloch Scholars and Osher Scholars. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. If you are attending session for credit for a scholarship or financial aid, you must sign in within 10 minutes of the seminar starting to receive credit. 

Fore more information about Academic Success Workshops or to suggest a topic, e-mail us.


Academic Support

Through the Coaching Program, students are encouraged to use various academic services to help them succeed. Academic support services at UMKC include the Libraries, Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions and free tutoring from the Math Resource Center and Writing Center.

  • Libraries: The University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries provide research facilities, resources and services in support of academic programs.
  • Math and Science Resource Center: Students experiencing difficulty in math or science classes are encouraged to contact the Math Resource Center for free tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. SI sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.
  • Writing Center: UMKC’s Writing Center offers free peer tutoring services to help undergraduate and graduate students with a wide array of writing needs. Tutors work with students one-on-one to reorganize content, while also reviewing grammar, mechanics and spelling.