Jim Wohlpart, Ph.D.
Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
Phone: (239) 590-1094
Allison Bacigalupi, M.Ed., MBA
Academic Advisor for Special Populations
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall, Room 214D
Phone: (239) 590-1096
What is Step Ahead Writing?
Step Ahead is a Summer Bridge Program for specially selected first-time-in-college (FTIC) students to give them a jump start at Florida Gulf Coast University. Students take ENC 1130 Improving College Writing (3 credits). Course enrollment is determined by the student's academic profile, and registration is processed by the Step Ahead Coordinator. Students also participate in a variety of academic and life skill activities through the Center for Academic Achievement and the Writing Center, including tutoring, supplemental instruction, student success skill workshops, and individual meetings with academic advisors and academic retention coordinators. Students will also have access to a variety of resources on-campus, such as Career Development Services, Library Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services, Wellness and Prevention, and Student Involvement.
How do I know if I am eligible to participate in Step Ahead?
Students invited to participate in the Step Ahead Program as part of their admission to Florida Gulf Coast University will receive an admission offer via email and postal mail from Undergraduate Admissions. Students will then receive
follow-up communication from the Step Ahead Program Coordinator with next steps for reserving a seat in the program. Students can only participate in the program by invitation only. The Step Ahead Program is available to students on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are limited seats available.
When does the Step Ahead Program take place?
The Step Ahead Program takes place during the six-week Summer B session, which runs from Monday, June 23, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014.
When is my course taught?
ENC 1130 Improving College Writing is taught Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:30-11:50 AM (3 credits).
What are the components of the Step Ahead Program?
Students in Step Ahead Math will complete ENC 1130 (Improving College Writing). Students will also be required to complete additional tutoring, supplemental instruction, student success skill workshops, and individual meetings with the Center for Academic Achievement. Students also take a specially reserved Step Ahead course in the fall semester, ENC 1101 Composition I (Writing). This fall course is taught by the same great instructor from the summer, to give students a sense of continuity for the material.
Why should I participate in Step Ahead?
The Step Ahead program is going into its eighth season, and is anticipating an even more successful year than ever before! The Step Ahead Program boasts an extremely high success rate for its students, and prepares students for the complete college experience they are embarking upon. It is also helpful with the transition the students will be making from high school to a fulltime college workload in the fall semester. The Step Ahead Program will not only give students additional assistance in a developmental area with the support of tutoring and resources, but will challenge students, making them more comfortable with the transition to college and give them the tools to continue on the pathway of success in the future. Students will also be able to network and build relationships with a sample of the great instructors FGCU offers.