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Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaching

Every learner at Southwestern College Professional Studies is assigned an academic success coach (ASC), who will be your support throughout your academic program. Your ASC plays a critical role in the your educational journey. Our ASC’s are full-time coaches, meaning they are truly focused on you and your success. This person is your supporter, interpreter and guide while at SC.

Academic success coaching takes academic advising to the next level. The academic success coach is prepared with the tools and best practices to help you persist achieve your individual educational goals. Each academic success coach is committed to proactive learner contact, providing the necessary level of support for an optimal educational experience.


Shirley Baker Shirley Baker

Operations Management, Business Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma Certification

Phone: 316.866.3383
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3383

Shirley earned her Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Quality Management from Newman University. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication from Wichita State University. In addition to advising students, she teaches at the college level. She is an avid traveler in her spare time.


Stephanie CousinStephanie Cousin

Informations Systems Management, Computer Programming Technology, Early Childhood Education and Graduate Special Education

Phone: 316.866.3386
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3386

Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Clark Atlanta University as a traditional student and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker University as an adult learner. Stephanie has experience in regulatory and commercial banking, corporate management, family engagement, training development and delivery, and community partnership development. Prior to joining Southwestern, she worked for Wichita Public Schools in programs focused on supporting students academically and preparing them for collegiate success.


Mary Passmore

Senior Academic Success Coach (Graduate programs, Graduate Certificates and Human Resource Development)

Phone: 316.866.3327
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3327
Mary Passmore holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University (WBU), and has an Advanced Accounting Certificate from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at Southwestern College, Mary worked in higher education as an advisor to adult learners, marketing and an outreach coordinator, in Accounting as an Accountants Payable Technician and as a volunteer for the Army Family Team Building as a Program Coordinator and Master Trainer. 

Scott Prester

Christian Ministries, Elementary Education, Psychology, Graduate Teaching and Graduate Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 316.866.3382
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3382
Scott earned his B.A. in Education from Sterling College and his M. ED from Wichita State University. He has more than 15 years of experience in admissions and administration. Scott spent 10 years working in missions ministry with Campus Crusade. He enjoys golfing, writing and directing small groups with his wife at Community Life Church in Wichita.