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University of Akron will not Renew Contract for Freshmen ‘Success Coaches’

The University of Akron will not renew a contract to provide “success coaches” to incoming freshmen.

Last fall the university paid $840,000 to TrustNavigator, a newly-established Cleveland company. 

Sixteen coaches, most recent UA graduates, were hired and each worked with as many as 275 students. They earned $28,000 to $32,000, plus benefits and were to follow the students through their academic career.

Critics questioned the need for coaches.