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Academic Engagement

A partnership, and so much more

The Academic Engagement unit fosters student success through programs and services that support the academic mission of the institution, while playing a role in helping the university to achieve preeminence through meeting the goals outlined in our University’s Strategic Plan.

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The mission of the Academic Engagement unit is to support the Division of Student Success & Enrollment Management in meeting its goals by ensuring students develop the academic, personal, and professional skills needed to be successful, while assisting them in making timely progression to degree completion.



Academic Engagement supports
the following areas:

  • Adaptive Services

  • Career Development Services

  • Center for Academic Achievement

  • Hartley Academic Resource Center

  • Internships & Cooperative Programs

  • Office of the First Year Experience

  • Service Learning & Civic Engagement

  • Testing & Assessment

  • TRIO & Outreach Programs

  • University Advising Services

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Being a first-time college student is a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity for students to grow and set goals for their future college careers ahead. I have been able to make many connections in college with my professors, students, and professional staff that have helped me to become the driven leader that I am today. In college I have changed my mind many times and had failures along the way, but throughout any situation I have been able to lean on the many resources at FGCU and especially the CAA.

Taylor Nicely


See how the Center for Academic Achievement makes all the difference



Staff Directory

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Dr. Suzy Jones
Senior Director
Office: Academic Support Programs and Services
Phone: 239-745-4712
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Marisa Ouverson
Assistant Vice President
Office: University Advising Services
Phone: 239-590-7403
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Jessica Rhea
Senior Director 
Office: Experiential Learning & Career Development
Phone: 239-590-7016
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Ney Arias
Senior Director
Office: First Year Experience & Retention Programs
Phone: 239-590-7111
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Jenn Culver
Manager, Testing and Assessment Services
Office: Academic Support Programs
Phone: 239-590-7952