FIU Takes a Holistic Approach to Student Success
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Student support is the responsibility of everyone at Florida International University's (FIU). Programs like the multi-year Gateway Project help students make the transition to college life through customized education plans and peer mentoring. Faculty teams have redesigned, and constantly refine, more than 20 gateway courses. Because of the Gateway Project, FIU saw more than 5,000 additional math course completions during the last four years.
Part of FIU’s success with students stems from its enriched advising experience for undergraduates. The school hired more than 80 new academic advisers to improve the adviser-student ratio so that advising is tailored to a student’s needs and moves beyond a transactional interaction focused on merely helping students identify and register for courses.