FAQs

If you have questions that should be listed here or want more information about the program, please email oami-uofm@umich.edu.

The basics

1What is SuccessConnects?
SuccessConnects is an academic/personal coaching transition program with a progression of engagement for every year of your Michigan experience. Engage with specialized resources for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd/4th/5th-year college students and transfer students at the University of Michigan. The program focuses on the holistic development of students. The main component of SuccessConnects is meeting regularly with a Success Coach, be they a staff member, upper-class student coach, or graduate student coach.
2 What is a scholar? What does it mean to be a scholar?
A scholar is a student who has a high level of commitment to their education and the components that give it a high degree of engagement in components that comprise it. To be a scholar means that a student is open and willing to stretch beyond their comfort zone to grow to their highest capacity of excellence.
3 What is a success coach? How are they different from a professional counselor?
A success coach gets to know you -- your strengths, challenges, dreams, and goals. They provide tools and resources to help you be your best and master your education and beyond. A coach listens and understands the challenges and opportunities of scholars and can provide guidance for discovery and direction, options and resources, support, and resolve in reaching goals.
4When does SuccessConnects start and end?
SuccessConnects runs concurrently with the academic year — starting in September and ending near the end of April.
5How do I sign up to be a scholar in SuccessConnects?
Look on the SuccessConnects main page for a registration link. If you don't see one, contact oami-uofm@umich.edu

Coaching meetings

1How often do I meet with my coach?
Every 2-3 weeks. First-year students meet with staff success coaches every three weeks. Second-year scholars meet with ASPs every two weeks. Scholars further in their studies meet once a month one-on-one with their GSP, plus a monthly group workshop.
2How should I prepare for my coaching meetings?
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Additional questions

1What are some other benefits of SuccessConnects?
SuccessConnects can help you get the most out of your college experience. Make connections to peers and professionals across all areas of academics and extracurriculars. As a scholar, you have access to tutoring and Study Tables, which can provide extra help with challenging classes. In addition to the academic support, you'll be part of an inclusive community, where you can meet people and make friends during workshops, social outings, and professional development events throughout the year.
2How can I meet and connect with other SuccessConnects students?
Participate in forums and social activities. Make the OAMI office “your” space.
3I am not a first-year student. How can I get involved?
SuccessConnects has something for every level. Scholars can receive staff Success Coaches in the first or second years. 2nd year scholars typically work with an Academic Success Partner (ASP) as their main Success Coach. Junior and senior-level students can serve as ASPs or be one of a group of scholars matched with Graduate Success Partner (GSP).
4What are the requirements to remain in the program? Is it possible to get kicked out?
Your success is our goal, so every opportunity is taken to help you reach it. The requirement is that scholars make a concerted effort to use the program's resources and support. You must attend the orientation event, meet with your success coach regularly, and participate in at least two workshops per semester.