The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) at the University of Minnesota advances student
success and retention by providing support, resources, and advocacy for undergraduate students as they decide on their academic major. Over
75% of entering students at the University of Minnesota are exploring majors to some degree and CAPE provides essential student services to
ensure these students find their academic home and successfully stay on track towards graduation.
The primary role of CAPE Coaches is to provide direct contact to students through individual coaching appointments,
course instruction and workshops. In addition, coaches have additional assignments to advance the services offered to exploring students and
to assist with strategic CAPE initiatives. CAPE Coaches work collaboratively with the campus community to ensure the success and support of
students as they explore academic majors. The position entails a high level of autonomy and expertise in advising, career development and
counseling in order to develop effective strategies for individual students and other student service areas. See www.cape.umn.edu for more details about the services offered.
Academic and Career Coaching (60%)
- Coach students one-to-one through the major
and career decision-making process by developing an individualized, action-oriented plan grounded in student development theory and coaching
skills, empowering students to maximize pathways to success and overcome barriers as they move toward degree progress and timely graduation.
Appointments are offered virtually and in-person.
- Provide on-going support to students through multiple appointments, monitoring
student progress through learning, reflection and action planning.
- Promote student success by utilizing counseling skills and
coaching techniques to challenge and support students, leading to their increased self-awareness and self-efficacy.
expertise relating to the broad range of majors across the University’s 130+ academic programs in the undergraduate curriculum, as well as
understanding the spectrum of career opportunities and workforce trends relating to various fields of study.
- Assess students’
holistic needs and make appropriate referrals to campus partners as necessary.
- Maintain detailed notes of student appointments and
their progress through the APLUS system to aid in communication to students’ advisers and the wider campus community.
Training, Teaching and Outreach (20%)
- Serve as instructor for OUE 2100: Academic Planning & Exploration, a
1-credit, 7-week, 2000-level hybrid course designed to move students through the career and major decision-making process via customized
assignments, online lessons, experiential activities, and in-person meetings with the instructor. The course is offered twice a semester,
both fall and spring semesters.
- Create, plan, and deliver presentations and events for students throughout the year on topics
pertaining to the academic and career decision-making process.
- Create and deliver training for University staff and faculty on the
topic of exploring students.
- Advise and collaborate with departments and collegiate units to address the needs of exploring
Program Development and Assessment: (20%)
- Contribute to the development and advancement of
office-wide strategic plan priorities.
- Work independently to develop specific strategies and work plans to forward CAPE goals.
- Initiate and develop programs, initiatives and outreach that advance CAPE mission and address institutional barriers and student
- Research, develop and modify curriculum and materials for an Exploratory Action Plan based on best practices in the field of
advising and career development.
- Provide consultation with colleagues across campus to address the needs of exploring
- Develop partnerships with colleges and departments across campus.
- Serve on university-wide committees and work
groups as requested, assigned, or initiated.