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In order to foster the academic skills development of students at all levels of academic ability and to increase student learning and retention, Northeast Center faculty and academic support collaborated to design innovative approaches which integrate in-person academic support into credit-bearing studies. As a result, we have developed several embedded academic support models using learning and peer coaches to assist students in their acquisition and enhancement of writing skills, academic research strategies and content area knowledge. This presentation will explore the ways in which we have embedded academic support into two different study groups (writing and history) – highlighting the benefits for both faculty and students – and examine lessons learned. Our intention with the presentation is to bring the audience into this conversation, sharing the models we use for our peer coach training and embedded academic support approaches. Participants will be asked to reflect on experiences in their own centers and take away ideas for how they might adapt these models to enhance their own embedded academic support efforts.
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