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-8: Support Programs for Under-Represented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kathleen Crawford
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support under-represented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the student body:

Student Support Services, a Federal TRIO Program, is an educational opportunity outreach program designed to motivate and support college students from disadvantaged backgrounds. It provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/SSS/index.html

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. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/CROP/index.html

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. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/scholarsclub/index.html

Florida Gulf Coast University was awarded a second Student Support Services Grant for STEM majors. This funding provides support services for 120 eligible SSS students who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at FGCU. SSS STEM participants must meet the eligibility standards of first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities needing support services during their university years. The program is very competitive with a limited number of openings each year to maintain 120 SSS participants. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/SSS/stem.html

The Multicultural Student Services Department is a multifaceted, student-oriented office that focuses on providing an optimal educational experience in and out of the classroom for students from diverse backgrounds. The department is under the guidance of the Dean of Students Office in the division of student Affairs. The purpose of MSS is to assist the university in the fulfillment of its mission by encouraging each person and cultural group to assertively affirm the unique richness of their heritage, ethnicity, identity and ability. http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/mss/index.html

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the faculty:

The Leadership Diversity program, with faculty and staff participants from Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College, has been actively involved in providing professional development and leadership opportunities for results-oriented minorities and women since 1992. Since its inception, the Leadership Diversity program has graduated 146 participants resulting from the collaboration of both institutions.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), which is a unit of the Division of Executive Services, supports FGCU’s faculty and staff through the following functions: Conducts/facilitates internal/external training and awareness sessions; Handles formal/informal discrimination complaints; Enhances the University’s ability to attract, develop and retain diverse and key faculty and staff throughout all levels of the University; Monitors, evaluates, and reviews for relevancy, completeness, and implementation, policies, processes and procedures regarding equity and compliance and employment-related actions; certifies employment applicant pools to ensure diversity; and Authorizes waivers that meet a compelling interest or need of the University when filling job vacancies and making multiple-year faculty appointments.

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support under-represented groups within the staff:

Programs offered for staff mirror the programs offered to faculty.

The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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