Coastal officials hope new tutoring program reduces failure rates

Tutoring never appealed much to Jenna Stover or Jennifer Barker.

But free Chick-fil-A? That makes it more palatable.

“The food is definitely, like, incentive,” Barker said.

The sophomores enjoyed their dinner last Wednesday during the final academic coaching session of the semester at Coastal Carolina University’s CINO Grille.

The tutoring is part of a new program aimed at reducing failure rates in humanities classes by encouraging students to dine with their professors in small groups. Coastal officials hope that by chatting with instructors in a casual setting, students will become more engaged, less intimidated and open to seeking out help during the semester.