Explore support services we provide students
We strive to build a partnership with parents and guardians throughout the academic career of their student. Undergraduates must create their own college experience by making educational decisions, but parents and guardians may provide guidance and support to ensure their student's success.
A free personal consultation with one of our academic success coordinators designed to help your student address specific academic issues. Together with an academic success coordinator, students examine habits of working, current academic difficulties, develop individual academic goals, and enhance knowledge of campus resources. It is a chance for a student to talk about his/her own experience at FGCU, in and out of the classroom. Academic success coordinators are available to coach students through obstacles that arise at any point in the academic career and to help students create positive, effective habits.
The Center for Academic Achievement is dedicated to assist students to return to and maintain good academic standing. An academic standing hold has significant impact on a student’s funding for college (now and in the future), course registration, and ultimately, their ability to graduate with a degree.
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as The Buckley Amendment, the United States federal law that protects student records privacy and provides for review and disclosure rights. Review the information linked below to understand FERPA and what it means to you. These pages outline student rights under FERPA to review educational records and to allow or restrict access to third parties. Please note that some information, called "Directory Information," may be released to third parties without the student's prior consent, unless the student files a written request to restrict directory information access.
An SI session is similar to a weekly study group. The difference is that the SI “study group” is hosted by a SI leader. The SI leader is an experienced student with a strong academic background who is trained in hosting effective study sessions. In addition, the SI leader regularly attends the course’s lectures alongside enrolled students, taking lecture notes and preparing for the next SI session. The SI leader will have already received a high course grade, but attending lecture allows the SI leader to remain proficient in important course concepts.
The CAA offers free drop-in tutoring in a group setting in over 25 courses. We recommend that students frequently seek tutoring from the math and science labs early in the semester. The tutor can give attention to the student's needs, while at the same time the student will benefit from the questions and experience of the other group members. While tutoring never replaces course work or class lecture, it does enhance material presented in the classroom. The underlying objective of tutoring is to assist students in becoming independent and confident learners.
Parents or guardians are as important as professors, academic advisors and other FGCU staff in the educational experience. Your student will need your help to work through challenges. We encourage parents/guardians to advocate that your student regularly utilize campus resources to develop personal responsibility for the academic experience.
If you need help communicating the benefits of the CAA to your student, we will be happy to help. Please, email us or call 239-590-7906.
Further information for parents/guardians can be found at Parent and Family Programs in the Office of New Student Programs.
The CAA offers diverse programs and services to support academic achievement. The Academic Success Program is staffed with professional academic success coordinators who provide individualized academic coaching and workshops to support students. Additionally, the Instructional Support Program offers a Tutoring Lab and Supplemental Instruction to all students.
If a professor plans to attend a conference, has a professional meeting or any other commitment that interferes with a class meeting the Center for Academic Achievement can provide backup service. Rather than cancel class we would love the opportunity:
- To coach students on academic skills
- To introduce them to a current topic of interest
- To provide information on ways to enhance the educational experience
Fill out the Guest Presentation Request Form to utilize this service for your course. If possible, the CAA staff prefers a two week notice to accommodate you presentation needs. Although, we do our best to meet each request we can not guarantee this service.