Your success coach is your personal, readily accessible IUPUI tour guide. Success coaches are always knowledgeable about the right resources to help busy adult students achieve their academic goals within and beyond the classroom. Together, you'll create an academic and engagement plan and set goals for your time in school. You'll communicate regularly over email, phone, text, social media—whatever works best for you—about important milestones and deadlines related to registration, financial aid, and other elements of academic life.
Meet your coaches
In addition to 19 years of experience as an IUPUI academic advisor, Lester Cook also brings to the Degree Completion Office team his own experience as an adult learner. At age 38, he returned to school and completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology. His experience as an adult student inspired him to change career paths so that he could dedicate his professional life to helping other adult learners earn their degrees, first as an academic advisor to general studies students and now as a success coach. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Lester earned master’s degrees in higher education administration and in adult education.
Lester spent his early career in the military (15 years active duty in the National Guard) and then worked in the aerospace industry as a tool and die maker. He also served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT from 1991 to 2012.