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Step Ahead Program

Step Ahead Program

Contact Information

Allison Bacigalupi, M.Ed., MBA
Director of Academic Advising
Undergraduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall, Room 214
Phone: (239) 590-1096

Center for Academic Achievement


The mission of the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) is to support student academic retention and foster student academic development within the University's learning environment. The CAA supports all FGCU students in achieving their academic goals and assists them in becoming indepedent and confident learners. The CAA strives to promote positive learning experiences for each student.

The CAA accomplishes this objective through two primary programs: the Academic Retention Program and the Student Instructional Support Program. The CAA programs support FGCU students by providing Supplemental Instruction, Walk-in Tutor labs, Individualized Academic Planning, and Student Success workshops.

The CAA is located in the Library West, Room 103. To contact the CAA, call (239) 590-7906 or email To get more information, please visit the CAA website:

Students accepted into the Step Ahead Program will work with the CAA to complete requirements, which will be incorporated into the syllabus of their Step Ahead course (either MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra or ENC 1130 Improving College Writing). These requirements will include student success skill workshops, individual meetings with an Academic Retention Coordinator, and supplemental instruction or Writing Center assistance. More information regarding these requirements will be given during class.