Jim Wohlpart, Ph.D.
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
Phone: (239) 590-1094
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 independent 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, Eagle Wings Mentoring, Student Development workshops and Test Preparatory workshops.
Students accepted into the Step Ahead Program will work with CAA to complete the following requirements:
1. Attend a CAA Student Orientation Session for the purpose of completing an Individual Academic Plan (IAP).
a. This session will occur during your first Math Workshop class meeting.
b. Students will be given information regarding tutoring, Student Success Workshops, and other CAA requirements.
2. Attend 3 more student development workshops during summer B session. Each session is approximately 40 – 50 minutes in length.
a. Students will choose three Student Success Workshops to attend during the Summer B session.
b. Students will receive a handout outlining the workshops during the Orientation Session on the first day of the Math Workshop. The Student Success Workshop schedule can also be found online at www.fgcu.edu/caa
c. Students who miss any one of these three sessions must contact CAA immediately to schedule a make-up session. Students who miss two of these sessions will not successfully complete the Step Ahead Program.
3. Attend 1 individual meeting with Lindsay Skillman, Tutor Coordinator. This meeting should be scheduled during the first week of the Summer B session.
a. You will need to submit your Individual Academic Plan (IAP) prior to your individual meeting with Lindsay. Failure to submit your IAP prior to your meeting will result in having to reschedule upon arrival.
4. Attend 4 instructional support (tutoring) sessions for math at the CAA. The tutoring schedule for Summer session B will be distributed during the Orientation Session on the first day of the Math Workshop. It will also be posted to the Step Ahead page on Canvas.
Students must meet all of these expectations as one part of successfully completing the Step Ahead Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Failure to meet any of these expectations may result in failure of the Step Ahead Program which will result in denial of admission to Florida Gulf Coast University.