Tiffani Polk

Academic and Career Coach, TechHire

Vance-Granville Community College

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Tiffani Polk

Academic and Career Coach, TechHire

Vance-Granville Community College

Tiffani Polk is a student affairs professional with over 10 years of experience in education. From beginning her career as an English instructor at a private school to becoming an impactful Academic and Career coach in higher education, Tiffani has developed a passion for navigating adult learners through their educational journey from enrollment to completion. Tiffani holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education at East Carolina University. As an Academic and Career coach, she works with students to plan a path around (or through) common new student pitfalls and unique student barriers to achieve their educational goals. Tiffani uses motivational techniques to guide students and truly invests in their goals. Her philosophy is, “While I can’t ‘play the game’ for them, I can be there along the way to push, call a time out, design a new strategy and, best of all, celebrate! When our students win, we all win.”

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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