The 2019 Conference is (Finally) Here!

ACTP: A New Name, New Focus,

& New Opportunities!

If you are looking for ATP, you are at the right place! With an clear majority vote from our membership in the summer of 2018, ATP welcomed our academic coaching colleagues into our organization by changing our name from ATP to ACTP. As we begin the first year of our expanded focus, we look forward to additional opportunities to apply our mission and influence.

Website Changes

As you browse our website, you will notice the inclusion of coaching into our mission and vision statement as well as other informative pieces. We will continue to update and expand our website over the next few months, and we will eventually transition from our existing ATP domain to a new ACTP domain.

As existing or potential new members, please feel free to offer suggestions or input along the way. You will find direct contact information for all aspects of ACTP at this About Us/Contact Us link.

The Association for the Coaching & Tutoring Profession

The Association for the Coaching & Tutoring Profession (ACTP) provides a communication platform linking academic coaches, tutors, peer coaches, program coordinators and administrators who are committed to the development of the independent learner and holistic student.

ACTP offers opportunities for:

      • Member-based leadership
      • High-quality professional development
      • Networking
      • Sharing tools and methods
      • Tutor and tutor trainer certification
      • An annual conference for researchers and practitioners
      • Research publication and newsletter
      • Best practices for tutoring and coaching
      • Online training via webinars

ACTP Mission

To provide a communication platform linking academic coaches, tutors, peer coaches, program coordinators  and administrators who are committed to the development of the independent learner and holistic student.

ACTP Goals

      • To provide opportunities for academic coaches, tutors, peer coaches, tutor trainers, program coordinators, faculty members, and administrators to develop and enhance skills through the sharing of methods and strategies.
      • To provide a basis to stimulate research in the philosophy and application of coaching and tutoring.
      • To develop relationships with other organizations, schools, and businesses who are also committed to the development of independent learners.
      • To offer an annual conference and publications to bring information to all interested groups.

From Our Blog

ACTP Thursdays – Meet the Member: Monica Cocca

Our members are our greatest asset at ACTP and we love to highlighting the work that they do and the resources they are proud of on a weekly basis.  On ACTP Thursdays, we put the spotlight on a member of the week, a resource of the week, or a best practice of the week. We’re a community of learning. We work best when we share our passions and practices.

Monica Cocca

Today, we bring you the work of Monica Cocca — a dedicated, long-time ACTP Member who has previously presented at ACTP’s annual conference! Monica is the Tutorial Coordinator at Muhlenberg College. Here’s Monica!

ACTP: What drove you to the field of academic support and coaching?

Monica: It was by accident.  I started in the department 30 years ago as the administrative assistant to the director.  Muhlenberg was just starting their tutoring department.  The director and I worked together and it was a phenomenal experience.  She started going to the conferences, showed me the ropes, and then left in 1994.  When she left, I became the coordinator.   

ACTP: What do you love the most about your job?

Monica: The students.  The longer I stay here and the older I get, the more I realize that when you work with students, you have to maintain your youthful energy.  You can’t let yourself get behind the students.  Education changes quickly – we’ve been through so many changes like learning styles, technology, etc. You have to keep up.  I employ over 300 peer tutors.  I interview every single student who is nominated to be a peer tutor.  I train each peer tutor and I take our lead tutors to conferences and workshops.  It’s fun and I have to keep it engaging, loud, and playful. 

ACTP: What’s a big challenge that you are facing at your center?

Monica: Right now, because of the tremendous demand that we faced this past fall, the number of tutor slots that I have to fill for tutoring, workshops, and learning assistants is a challenge.  It’s drawing on my budget.  This spring, I’m thinking about how we going to meet the demand. I’m hoping for some magic to make it all balance because I do not deny students any help. 

ACTP: What’s one piece of advice you would give to your colleagues?

Monica: Be open to change because one of the things that I have found during my tenure is that, every year, the caliber of students change.  Students may need to more help – they get assistance from middle school onward and may expect accommodations throughout their educational careers.

Also, we have may have more students on the disabilities spectrum.  We may have to equip our tutors through training them on how to work with students with disabilities. The training has to be in the “here and now” – the content has to be up to date with the research.

ACTP: What’s a fun fact (not related to coaching/tutoring) that we should know about you?

Monica:  Many years ago, I was a coach.  I have 3 sons and I coached little league baseball.  I managed, over the course of 10 years, to not get hit by a baseball. 

Follow us on Social Media!

Stay up to date with the ACTP.


Synergy is the national peer-reviewed online journal for ACTP; the mission is to provide an avenue for scholarship and discussion to further the knowledge of learning processes, tutoring practice, and the administration of tutoring services.

Submit a Synergy Article
Submit a Newsletter Article

ACTP Webinars

ACTP tutor training through our affordable webinars help prepare participants for tutor or tutor trainer certification. Browse our webinar archive for training topics relevant to your needs. You may purchase any three webinars for a 20% discount!