FGCU Receives $760,000 "Student Support Services" Federal Grant
Fort Myers, Fl - A grant from a U.S. Department of Education program will assist Florida Gulf Coast University to retain and help first generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities to complete their educational goals. The Student Support Services (SSS) program will provide a total of $760,000 over four years. This year, FGCU received $190,000, an additional $5,000 for technology support and $24,362 in grant aid for eligible SSS participants. The grant is totally supported with federal funds.
The SSS program provides participants with a range of academic and co-curricular supplemental services, and the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive environment with University faculty, staff, and students. The students selected will be offered: (1) individual tutoring; (2) academic, career and personal counseling; (3) remedial assistance; (4) writing skills and test taking assistance; (5) on-going communication and mentoring by faculty and staff; (6) workshops and seminars; and (7) social/cultural enrichment activities.
Services are facilitated through a collaborative partnership of student and academic affairs, and service providers in the offices of Central Advising; Admissions; Registration and Records; Student Information Systems; Dean of Students; Financial Aid and Scholarships; Counseling and Student Health Services; Multi-Access Services; Learning Resource Services; Career Development; Campus Life, Testing and Assessment; College Reach Out Program (CROP); and Edison Community College Student Support Services.
Participants are tracked for retention and graduation rates. SSS compares this data to a comparable cohort of non-SSS participants to ensure program and participant success. Although FGCU will target first-time freshman and transfer students for services, second-year and continuing students can be served based on documented need for services beyond the freshman year.
“This is the first award in FGCU’s history dedicated to student support services under the set federal TRIO programs,” commented Director of Research and Sponsored Programs Tom Roberts on the importance of the grant. “It opens the door for us to better serve at-risk students and to be in a position to apply for other funding under the federal TRIO programs. The award will significantly help us in our retention efforts and greatly assist students who are at risk.”
Coordinator of Multi-Access Services Dr. Vincent June and Director of CROP Isaac Brundage are principal and co-principal investigators, respectively, for the project.