Student Success Teams
Your Student Success Team is a team-based support service model designed to make sure you succeed, from the moment of acceptance through your graduation. The goal of the Student Success Team is to support you as you navigate your college experience and to provide an environment where each you can maximize your potential. You will acquire the ability to flourish and succeed at Goucher College and beyond.
Every student at Goucher is assigned a Success Advisor who works with each advisee before stepping foot on campus and remaining a key contact point throughout their undergraduate career. Success Advisors coach their advisees academically, while also helping them identify their passions, goals, and interests.
In addition to a Success, Advisor, every student is assigned a Faculty Advisor after the student has declared their major. Faculty Advisors provide discipline-specific guidance about the student’s major. They work closely with the student’s Success Advisor and other members of the student's Success Team.
Success Advisors work closely with other Success Team members and key campus partners to guide their advisees in a self-discovery process. Success Advisors connect students to campus resources if faced with academic, financial or personal challenges.
When students are ready to declare a major, they are assigned a Faculty Advisor in an academic discipline who joins the student's Success Team and provides discipline-specific guidance about major requirements, mentored research, internships shadowing experiences, professional networking, and graduate school.
Key offices such as the Career Exploration Office (CEO), the Office for Global Education (GE), the Office of Residential Life, Goucher's Athletics Department (for student athletes), the LAUNCH Network (for LAUNCH students), and International Student Advisors (for international students) also contribute to the Student Success Teams and provide support to students. More information about each is included below.
After declaring a major, students are assigned a Faculty Advisor in an academic discipline. Faculty advisors provide discipline-specific guidance about major requirements, mentored research, internships shadowing experiences, professional networking, and graduate school. See When to See Your Faculty Advisor.
Career Education Advisors
Goucher’s Career Education Office (CEO) connects every student to a CEO Advisor, who works closely with students throughout their time at Goucher. To help students learn the tools to embark confidently on their career path, CEO Advisors begin working with students as soon as their first year in both major and career exploration as well as developing plans for internships when needed. They also guide students in joining a career community as a way to begin to explore interests, internship opportunities and connect with alumni and others with shared interests.
Global Education Advisors
In their sophomore year, each student is assigned a Global Education Advisor from Goucher’s Office of Global Education who helps them explore study abroad options. Global Education Advisors help students plan their study abroad experience and determine their goals for their time abroad. They assist students in determining how their study abroad experience fits into their larger personal and professional goals, and upon their return, they encourage students to reflect on their time abroad including how to articulate their experience to future employers and/or graduate programs.
Residence Life Coordinators
Goucher’s Office of Residential Life assigns each student to a Residence Life Coordinator (or representative from Residential Life), who are available to address housing questions and concerns from the time they submit their first housing application through commencement move-out. They may also work with students on roommate conflicts, facilities concerns, coordinate housing during academic breaks, and all housing related questions. Residents are also encouraged to get to know their RA each year in housing.
Athletic Coaches (for student-athletes)
Goucher’s Athletics Department connects each student-athlete to an Athletic Coach who work with them on the field of play as well as serve as important partners in every student-athlete’s college experience. Athletic Coaches work individually with their respective students to ensure that they are excelling academically and socially. Often, an athletic coach may be the first person a student-athlete approaches with questions or concerns about college life. Athletic coaches are trained with foundational knowledge of academic processes, co-curricular opportunities, support systems, and other important resources. In many cases, athletic coaches provide advisement but will also refer their students to individuals or offices that can best support their needs.
LAUNCH Network Director (for LAUNCH students)
The LAUNCH Network aids each LAUNCH student in their transition to Goucher through participation in SummerLAUNCH, a pre-orientation program, in which incoming students arrive to Goucher two weeks early and are connected to campus resources and support services. The LAUNCH Network is a four-year integrated program that provides academic, social, and personal development opportunities to historically underrepresented students (including First Generation students) that builds upon their experiences. The Director of the LAUNCH Network collaborates with Goucher campus partners to ensure each LAUNCH student has the necessary support to persist through graduation.
International Student Advisors (for international students)
The Office of Global Education connects each international student to an International-Student Advisor. These advisors support their students with initial adjustment concerns, and help international students navigate their course load while at Goucher. They also assist with employment decisions in collaboration with the Career Education Office (CEO).