About SSCU

The Student Success Coaching Unit is a comprehensive learning environment that is committed to the academic achievement, personal and professional development of students at Hostos Community College.

A Student Success Coach at Hostos Community College is a trained staff member whose sole function is to help our students with academic success. The personalized coaching is consistent with our mission to guide students towards degree completion while teaching self-efficacy skills.

Student Success Coaches will help you with issues important to success, including but not limited to the following:

Time Management Study habits
Goal Setting Financial Awareness
Getting involved Graduation Planning
Course Advisement Course Registration
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The primary function of SSCU is to coach students from orientation to registration to graduation. The structure of SSCU is composed of four project areas that supports the college’s strategic plan in order to best serve our students. The four project areas listed below target SSCU students at different stages of their academic journey.

Open/Close section Onboarding & Orientation


Contact person: Graciano Matos gmatos@hostos.cuny.edu

The goal of this area is to provide all entering students a quality transition experience and the resources needed to be successful at Hostos Community College. New Student Orientations, welcomes all incoming students to ensure class registration along with educational and peer to peer interactions. SSCU also supports CLIP and CUNYSTART Registration sessions.

Open/Close section Co-Curricular Programming


Contact Person: Derek Ivery divery@hostos.cuny.edu

The goal of this area supports students via purposeful and engaging programming efforts throughout their entire academic career at the college. Freshmen Pledge is the Unit’s annual event supporting the President’s completion goal which encourages students to commit to graduating from Hostos Community College. Co-curricular also celebrates high performing students near graduation by hosting the Pathways to Graduation event.

Open/Close section At-Risk Student Support


Contact Person: Safiya Faustin sfaustin@hostos.cuny.edu

The goal of this area is to support a student’s persistence at Hostos by overcoming any academic and personal challenges that would cause a student to stop out or fall on academic probation. This past Fall 2017, we launched an Academic Recovery program where students work with their Success Coach to create goals and a working plan on how to improve their academic standing. Succeed @ Hostos efforts, popularly known as Starfish, are housed here connecting Success Coaches and Faculty.

Open/Close section Communications & Marketing


Contact Person: Allison Baptiste abaptiste@hostos.cuny.edu

The goal of this area is to engage students through consistent and informative messaging as well as enhance the visibility of the SSCU through creative and intentional marketing. C&M makes use of a variety of communication methods such as emails, telephone campaigns, and event flyers to reach students.  Also connects with students, staff and faculty on Facebook and Instagram. This project area works in collaboration with all project areas to ensure college branding.