Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.50
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2011
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Florida Gulf Coast University
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

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Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kathleen Crawford
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

The purpose of TRIO Student Support Services is:

To increase retention and graduation rates of eligible students;
To increase the transfer rate of eligible students from two-year to four-year institutions;
To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income, first generation, and college students with disabilities through identified support services.
Eligibility includes:
First Generation (neither parent/guardian earned a Bachelor’s Degree) and/or
Low income according to federal guidelines and/or
Have a documented disability in need of support services

Services Include:
Financial Literacy Workshops
Peer Advocate Program
Cultural Activities
Financial Aid Advising
Career Advising
Technology Lab
Transfer Advising
Educational Trips
Personal Advising
Academic Advising
Resource Lending Library
Grant Aid Opportunities
Graduate School Advising

The Student Support Services Classic Grant at Florida Gulf Coast University is funded 100% through the Federal Education Department in the amount of $255,505 annually. The Student Support Services STEM Grant at Florida Gulf Coast University is funded 100% through the Federal Education Department in the amount of $220,000 annually.

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

The FGCU Teaching, Learning & Assessment Initiative promotes excellence in higher education pedagogy to enhance teaching, learning and assessment across the institution. The activities supported by the initiative highlight and promote national and disciplinary best practices in teaching, learning and assessment while sharing the best practices that are in place at FGCU.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

College Reach Out Program is a State of Florida grant-funded program designed to prepare middle and high school students to successfully pursue and complete a post-secondary education. The program targets future first-generation college students currently in grades 6 through 12. The program also motivates students to develop basic learning skills, strengthen parent and student understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education, and foster personal and career development through supplemental instruction.

Public Schools Enrichment Partnership/Scholars Program was founded in 1989 by former Fort Myers High School junior, Christian Duffus, as a way to promote and reward academic achievement among minority students. Scholars Program has expanded to embrace minority and “at-risk” students at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Membership is open to all students who embrace the Scholars Program philosophy and ideas of academic excellence, leadership, service, and citizenship.

The Office of Community Outreach hosts monthly workshops to assist Florida Gulf Coast University students with their educational and developmental needs. The workshops also equip students with the skills needed to build their academic status. Workshops are collaborative efforts with other University departments and community agencies, example include financial aid, counseling services, service learning, etc.

The Office of Community Outreach also Mentoring opportunities are set up for students from underserved or underrepresented populations. Mentoring relationships are fostered by pairing students with faculty or staff to assist those students in setting goals and building character all in hopes of increasing retention rates and student population.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

The HOPE AdvancED Scholarship presents qualified Edison State College Project HOPE graduates with the opportunity to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University, continue their education, and graduate with a Bachelor's Degree. FGCU has agreed to offer a scholarship to qualified Edison College Project HOPE Graduates up to 60 credit hours. Eligible candidates must have received their Associate in Arts Degree or an Associate in Science Degree from a program that has an articulation agreement with FGCU and have financial need.

Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship
The Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship (MCCTS) is a competitive program, for qualified minority (Alaskan Native, Native American, Asian, African American (Black), Hispanic, and Pacific Islander) Florida residents, which is awarded on the basis of financial need and/or academic merit, and other select criteria.

Additionally many need-based scholarships are available through the FGCU Foundation. http://www.fgcu.edu/Foundation/scholarships-results.asp

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

Informational sessions are held by the College Reach Out Program (CROP) at the students’ schools to ensure continuous communication among parents/guardians, teachers and counselors. Parents will be encouraged to consider higher education for themselves as well as for their children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend these special events, offered by the program, with their student.

Parents/guardians are invited to attend:

Financial Aid Workshops
Academic Advising Sessions
College and Career Fairs
Cultural and Athletic Events
College Knowledge Sessions
Florida Gulf Coast University Expositions

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The mission of the Office of Community Outreach is to foster strong University-Community partnerships that increase the visibility, accountability, and participation of the University in the surrounding SW Florida community, assist with the recruitment and retention efforts of the University, and create a cohesive support system for students from traditionally underserved or underrepresented backgrounds. http://www.fgcu.edu/CommunityOutreach/index.html

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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